Test Taking  Chapter 6  Disarm Tests
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Test Taking Chapter 6 Disarm Tests

Tests scores are often given too much power. Grades are:. Used to give power to tests. A measure of how well you do on tests. Grades are not:. Measures of intelligence. Measures of creativity. Measures of what a student has accomplished .

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Test Taking

Chapter 6


Disarm Tests

Tests scores are often given too much powerGrades are:Used to give power to tests

A measure of how well you do on tests

Grades are not:

Measures of intelligenceMeasures of creativityMeasures of what a student has accomplished


Before the Test




hecklistsFlash cardsPractice tests

Study Groups

Pros and Cons??

Form and conduct study groups effectively


During the Test

Prepare yourselfArrive early

Make quick notes

Pay attention to verbal directions

Scan the entire test immediatelyEstimate your timeRead directions carefullyAllow “panic” timeAnswer easiest, shortest questions first

Look for context clues

Review answers


Test Questions

Multiple ChoiceAnswer questions in your head

Read all possible answers

Test possible answers

Eliminate incorrect answers


Read entire question

Look for qualifiers

Find the devil in the details

Watch for negatives


Test Questions


Make sure answers match question

Check test booklet against answer sheet

Watch for stray marksReview answersShort-answerConcentrate on key words and factsBe brief



Organize materials

Write formulas on a separate sheet

Bookmark table of contents and index

Predict what will be covered

Highlight relevant sections


Test Questions


Check content in columns

Check for similar wording

Match grammatically similar wordsMatch words that logically completes phrasesCross out items in columns when you are done with them


What is the question asking you to do?

Make an outline

Get to the point

Avoid “filler” sentences

Write legibly

Write on one side of the paper


After the Test

Reward yourself appropriatelyBe honest with yourself about how you performed

Analyze the exam

Develop a plan to improve

Ask instructor for input



What is cheating??


Learn less

Lose time and moneyStressViolate integrityLowers self-concept

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Test Anxiety

The feeling of nervousness and distress experienced before or during an exam.


Test Anxiety Reactions

Increased heartbeatTense musclesPerspiration

Dry mouth

Inability to make decisions or act

Feeling upsetHaving self-doubt or negative self-talk

Difficulty reading and understanding questions on an exam

Difficulty organizing thoughts

Difficulty recalling or retrieving terms and concepts

Feeling apprehensive or upset


Causes of Text Anxiety

Lack of preparationPast experiences of performing badly on exams

Focusing too much on the outcome of the exam

Focusing too much on how other classmates are doing

Outside distractions


Text Anxiety Solutions

Yell “Stop!”Dispute your thoughtsPraise yourself

Consider the worst


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