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Test-Taking Strategies in Old Bridge Township

The purpose of a test is to measure your comprehension of course material or your ability to perform a task. As such, there is no substitute for good, old-fashioned study and practice. Still, here are some steps you can take so your test-taking experiences represent your best foot forward.

Knowing is Half the Battle

There is no substitute for gathering all of the facts at hand and studying them until you have learned them. It may be frustrating, but when you know the material, the test should be easy. If you do not, it will be tough. Teachers will often alter true statements slightly to make them false and try to fool you. Having a solid grasp of the material will help you to avoid those pitfalls.

Follow Instructions

Your teacher may make oral changes to the instructions, so listen carefully to what is announced and ask questions beforehand. If you missed something, or misunderstood, it can cause greater anxiety when taking the test. Same goes for the written instructions. You may have to choose one of three essay questions. If you do not read the instructions, you get stuck writing all three.

Create a Timeline

Estimate how long it will take you to complete each section of the test and determine a pace that will allow you to finish the whole test on time. Hold yourself to your timeframe. You do not want to miss out on later sections of the test because you got bogged down on one question.

Trust Your Gut

Often times, your first impression is the right one. Do not overthink things when you think you have the right answer. If you are continuously rethinking and changing your answers, you are spending valuable time and probably doing more harm than good.

Stay Positive

Do not fret and calm your nerves. Keep that attitude throughout the test. If you come across a difficult question, remain composed, move on to another, and come back to it later. Do not let yourself get influenced by patterns. Just because the last three answers were C does not mean that the next one will not be also. Focus exclusively on the questions and answers, ignoring what patterns you think you see.

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Strategies for True/False Questions

When in Doubt

If you do not know if a statement is true or false, mark it true. It is hard to make a true statement false, so there are usually more true statements on a test than false ones. This holds especially true if there is specific data in the statement itself.

Read Carefully

Often times, a teacher will add a qualifier to a true statement to make it false. Be on the lookout for these. Do not assume that because the statement contains some truth that it is therefore true. "The American flag has 50 stars to represent the 50 states, just as it did since the country's founding." It is true that the flag has 50 stars for the 50 states, but we did not always have 50 states, so the statement is false.

Falsifying Modifiers

Teachers can add modifiers to a true statement to make it false. Examples include: always, all, none, best, absolutely, everybody, invariably, only. If your question includes one of these modifiers or something similar, pay extra close attention.

Verifying Modifiers

Other modifiers are likely to make a statement true, rather than false. For example, seldom, many, sometimes, a few, likely, probably, might, all soften a statement to make it more accurate.

Double Negatives

Be aware of any double negatives in the statement meant to confuse you. "Not uncommon" means "common," for example. Also keep an eye out for negative prefixes, "un-," "im-," or "mis-," which will change the meaning of the statement.

Cause and Effect

Statements that provide a reason for a true statement may often be false. The effect itself may be true, but the cause given may not be, making the statement false. "The grass is green because it is made of dollar bills."

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Get these and more test-taking help at The Tutoring Center in Old Bridge Township. We have one-to-one tutoring programs tailored to your needs based on a free diagnostic assessment. Find out more online and call (732) 705-3636 to schedule yours today.


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