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Test Taking Hints and Strategies

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On The Eve before Testing: Go to Bed Early, Talk to your parents about any concerns that you might have about the test.

The Morning of Testing: East a good breakfast and don't drink a large beverage before hand, and Think Positive!

During the Test: If you do not understand the directions or are unsure, ask for help. Read the question and all answer choices before marking anything.

Pace Yourself/Time: Answer the easiest questions first. Don't spend too much time on any one question. Do your best and then move on. Be sure to go back to those questions you skipped. As you go back through, do not change all answers. Remember, Your First Guess is Usually Right!

Multiple Choice Questions: Do not change your answers unless you are very uncertain about your first answer choice. Try to answer every question. Make the most intelligent guess you can.

The Process of Elimination: After you have been through all of the questions once, go back and find the questions you skipped. Look at all of the answers, use your knowledge to eliminate obvious wrong answers. If you can eliminate two wrong answer, your chance of choosing the right answer is greater. Don't guess blindly, but if you have time to think about the best answer choice, make it!

Key Words: Find key words or phrases in the question that will help you choose the correct answer.

Reading Passages: If the test requires you to read passages and then answer questions about you read-READ THE QUESTIONS FIRST. By doing this, you will know what you are looking for as you read. This will also help with your testing pace. When there are several questions about a passage or chart, look for clues in other questions that will help you with those items about which you are unsure.

Skip, Return, Check: If you finish early, check to make sure you have answered all questions. Once you have finished, please remain quiet as others will still be taking the test.

Final Tips: Fill in bubbles fully, write neatly, and erase any stray marks. Double-check the test number in your test booklet against the answer sheet every few questions to be sure you haven't gotten on the wrong number.

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