Test Taking Tips
|A for "ACE"||Answer the reading response question as it is written.|
|C for "ACE"||Cite examples from the text (passage) that prove or support your answer.|
|E for "ACE"||Explain how your examples prove or support your answers.|
|What do you do when you make a mistake on a test?||Erase thoroughly.|
|What do you do when you are finished with a test?|| 1. Go back and work on any questions you skipped.|
2. Go back and check your answers.
|What should you do when you come to a word that you don't know?||Use context clues to help you define or explain the unknown word.|
|Five Types of Context Clues||Definition, Example, Synonym, Antonym, Desription|
|What should you do when choosing an answer on a test?||Read all the answer choices carefully.|
|What should you do if you feel nervous before a test?|| 1. Close your eyes and take several slow, deep breaths.|
2. Relax your mind by thinking positive thoughts.
|What should you do when you don't know an answer to a difficult question?|| 1. Complete all questions on the test.|
2. Do the easy ones first and then come back to the hard ones.
3. Find any choices that you know are wrong and eliminate them.
4. Then look over the leftover choices and make your best guess.
|What should you do before answering questions on any type of test?||1. Read all the DIRECTIONS and write your name on the paper.|
2. Quickly scan all the questions to how many questions you will have to answer and what the test is about.
3. Manage your time by trying to complete about half of the questions by the time you are about halfway through the total test time.
|Examples of Time Signal Key Words for answering sequence questions:||first, next then, after, finally and at last|
|Why should you pay attention to negative words in the directions, such as NOT and OPPOSITE?||These words tell you exactly what answer to look for: such words often appear in bold or italic type.|
|Why should you read the questions first when answering questions about a reading passage?||You will know what to look for as you read the passage. This strategy will help you to stay focused as you read.|
|What are the Key Words in reading questions?||Who, What, When, Where, Why, How|
|How do you answer questions about a reading passage without relying on your memory?||Look back at the story or article and scan the passage to quickly find key words that will help you answer the questions.|