Information shared by Misty Butterfield, School Technology Specialist
These are a series of 12 videos made by middle school teachers but very applicable for our kids. Each is only a couple of minutes long.
Test Taking Tips
Keep a positive attitude throughout the whole test and try to stay relaxed. If you start to feel nervous take a few deep breaths to relax.
Do the easiest problems first. Don’t stay on a problem that you are stuck on, especially when time is a factor.
Pace yourself, don’t rush. Read the entire question and pay attention to the details.
Always read the whole question carefully. Don’t make assumptions about what the question might be.
If you don’t know an answer, skip it. Go on with the rest of the test and come back to it later. Other parts of the test may have some information that will help you out with that question.
Don’t worry if others finish before you. Focus on the test in front of you.
If you have time left when you are finished, look over your test. Make sure that you have answered all the questions. Only change an answer if you misread or misinterpreted the question because the first answer that you put is usually the correct one. Watch out for careless mistakes and proofread.
Stay relaxed, if you begin to get nervous take a few deep breaths slowly to relax yourself and then get back to work.
Read the directions slowly and carefully.
Exercising for a few days before the test will help reduce stress.
Get a good night’s sleep before the test.
Multiple Choice Test Taking Tips
Tips on answering multiple choice questions:
Read the question before you look at the answer.
Come up with the answer in your head before looking at the possible answers, this way the choices given on the test won’t throw you off or trick you.
Eliminate answers you know aren’t right.
Read all the choices before choosing your answer.
If there is no guessing penalty, always take an educated guess and select an answer.
Don’t keep on changing your answer, usually your first choice is the right one, unless you misread the question.
In “All of the above” and “None of the above” choices, if you are certain one of the statements is true don’t choose “None of the above” or one of the statements are false don’t choose “All of the above”.
In a question with an “All of the above” choice, if you see that at least two correct statements, then “All of the above” is probably the answer.
A positive choice is more likely to be true than a negative one.
Usually the correct answer is the choice with the most information.
Chew gum (if allowed) during the test to help relieve test anxiety.