A Guide to Test Taking



1.  Make a  list of specific objectives that will be on the test.

2.  Find examples and questions for each objective you have listed.  Practice writing answers for  them.

3.  Learn definitions of new words.  Try writing definations
from memory to see if you really know the

4. Begin to review the objectives several days before the
test.  Review a few of them each day.

5. Look for and try to recall general patterns.  Study previous quizzes.  Look in particular at questions that you answered incorrectly.

6. Select questions from past homework assignments (and
not just the easy ones).  Re-do these
questions. Compare
the results with your original homework results.

7. Don't just scan your homework and previous tests.
Instead,  pick up a pen and do the questions

8.  Concentrate on objectives that gave you trouble on
previous tests.  Answer questions that you did
the first time.

9.  If you are given an essay topic in advance,  practice
writing the essay in good essay format.  Include
introductory paragraph (thesis statement),  a body
(supportive evidence),  and a concluding
paragraph.  On the test day,  think before you write. 

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