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12/09/2015

Strategies for Acing Any Test near Richardson

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.

Get There Early

If you can show up early for your test, you should. Make a list of everything you need. Knowing that you are well prepared and taking a bit of time before the test to clear your head will help you focus on the task ahead. Take a few deep breaths, close your eyes, and ignore all the other students stressing out.

Sit Up Straight

Slouching in your chair restricts blood circulation in your body and to your brain. Make sure to sit up straight, especially for a long test, so your brain does not tire quickly.

Strategic Advance

Once the test begins, you will want to read the instructions carefully and scan every question before starting. Complete the easiest questions first to help build your confidence. Then attack those that give the most points. On true-false or multiple-choice tests, eliminate all obviously incorrect answers. If you are writing an essay, create a broad outline and the sequence of your points.

Review

Once done, do not just turn it in and run out the door. Go through to make sure you have answered every question and that you have not made any mistakes. You should also review your performance afterwards. Note the study strategies that worked for you and those that did not. Perhaps you need to work on certain areas to improve.

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At The Tutoring Center near Richardson, we ensure the optimal learning environment and experience. We would love for you to visit our webpage to find out more about our academic programs, offering one-to-one tutoring in math, reading, writing, and more for students of all levels and abilities. Give us a call today at (469) 277-8177 to schedule a free diagnostic assessment.

Strategies for Multiple-Choice Questions

Create Your Own Answer

Before reading any of the options you have, formulate your own answer to the question. Having an idea of what you are looking for already in your mind will increase your concentration, exercise your memory, and help you identify the correct response.

Eliminate Wrong Answers

Scratch off answers that are obviously incorrect so you do not focus any more attention on them. If you can eliminate two options, you may have doubled your chances of choosing the right one.

The Golden Mean

We can often be drawn to the extremes when considering answers with numerical values. Test-makers know this tendency and take advantage of it to fool you. If you are not sure of the exact answer, you can usually eliminate the lowest and the highest values, and choose between the middle range.

Devil in the Details

Answers that provide more descriptive details are often correct. False answers are usually short and made up quickly, so they are usually easy to spot. If in doubt, go for the longer option.

Similarity in Answers

If you have two answers that seem similar, splice them apart and analyze them in detail. One of them may be correct and the other altered slightly to make it false.

Beware of NOT TRUE

Some multiple-choice questions may ask you to identify the statement that is not true. In this case, you will be eliminating correct statements, because the right answer is false.

Strategies for Essay Questions

Know the Question

You first need to understand the question and what it is asking you to do. Identify the action verbs:
  • summarize, discuss, explain- mean that you should review a concept in your own words.
  • outline, list, solve- require more detail and description of steps or processes.
  • defend, justify, argue- want you to write in favor of an idea and to give reasons for the side presented.
  • define, clarify, illustrate, describe- ask for specific detail and meaning behind a concept.
  • compare, contrast, distinguish- require you to describe two or more situations or ideas.

Organize First

Do not just start writing away. Make an outline of your thoughts on a separate piece of paper first, including your thesis and key words you want to use. Having an organized process will help you write the essay quicker and make it stronger for the reader.

Restate the Question

You should paraphrase the question, putting it into your own words, and use it for your introductory paragraph. Doing so will let the grader know that you understood the question, and will help them see if you interpreted it differently. It also helps you get the question straight in your own mind.

Follow the Rules of Composition

Make sure your essay has an introduction, body, and conclusion. The body should include at least two, but ideally three points to back up your thesis statement with supportive details and examples. Your introduction should restate the question and present your thesis statement. The conclusion should summarize your thoughts and restate the thesis statement.

Write Legibly

Follow the rules of penmanship to make it easier for your grader to read your essay. Use blue or black pen or pencil to keep your answer visible. Try not to smudge the ink or cross out sentences. If your teacher has to work hard to read your essay, you will likely receive a lower grade.

Formatting Makes it Pretty

When appropriate, use numbers or bullets to list out your points. Do not bury them in the middle of a paragraph, but make them clearly identifiable to your reader. You should avoid long paragraphs, but if you must write one, be sure to underline the main point. Using these formats will help your teacher recognize what you want to say.

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To get more test-taking strategies, contact The Tutoring Center near Richardson. Our one-to-one tutoring programs are tailored to your needs based on a free diagnostic assessment. Call (469) 277-8177 to schedule yours today. Find out more about our writing, reading, math, and test prep academic programs on our webpage.

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