Published on May 27, 2008
Test Taking Tips : Test Taking Tips Focusing on multiple-choice questions. Slide 2: Don’t stress out when it comes to tests like the OGT/ OAT. There are many techniques and hints that can help you do well. Take a deep breath, RELAX! Seriously, that is a technique. If you are relaxed you will think clearly and be able to problem solve better. Ways to MASTER multiple choice tests : Ways to MASTER multiple choice tests Eliminate All of the above/ None of the above Locate DANGEROUS words Changing answers- Is it okay? Eliminate : Eliminate Eliminate- 1. to get rid of something 2. to reject somebody or something 1. Look at the choices in the question. “Get rid of” or “reject” the choices that don’t make any sense. You KNOW these are wrong. Cross them out. Don’t let them distract you. 2. Cross out the answers you think are PROBABLY wrong. The more you narrow down your choices the better your chances of getting the answer correct. 3. Concentrate on the choices you have left. Chose the best answer. Eliminate example : Eliminate example Step 1: Cross out choices you know are wrong. It can’t be B. ¼ would not make sense. It can’t be D. They did get 17 green but they chose from the bag more than 25 times. Step 2: Cross out choices that are probably wrong. It probably isn’t C. There were 17 green chosen but they picked from the bag more than 83 times. Step 3: Make the best choice. A. Luca chose 17 green out of 100 times of picking from the bag. All of the above? None of the above? : All of the above? None of the above? These choices can be tricky. Read all of the choices to see if all of them or none of them apply TOTALLY. If even ONE does not apply, DO NOT chose all of the above or none of the above. The OGT/ OAT tests may have answers that have responses that have two parts. Both parts must be correct for you to chose that answer. Example: : Example: From Social Studies 8th grade OAT 2007 Both choices must be correct for you chose that answer. You will need to use the elimination strategy to help with this. Step 1: Cross out choices you know are wrong. It can’t be C. Those are both secondary sources. It can’t be A because those are both primary sources. Step 2: Cross out choices that are probably wrong. It probably isn’t B because those are probably primary sources. Step 3: Make the best choice. D would be the best choice. Letters from the war patriot are primary sources and a biography is a secondary source. Watch out for dangerous words : Watch out for dangerous words Most some usually often generally may seldom Usually the correct choice. every all none alwaysonly Usually the wrong choice. Dangerous Words example : Dangerous Words example Generally is a key word that tells you the answer is usually correct. A is the correct answer. From Social Studies 8th grade OAT 2007 Changing Answers- should I? : Changing Answers- should I? Scenario: You have been working hard on your test . You have been putting question marks by the questions that you just aren’t sure about. Now you are almost finished. When you go back and check over your test (Yes, you really should do that.) you find that you do not like an answer you chose. Many times when you go through other questions on a test, it jolts your memory and helps you remember new information. If you go back to a question and you KNOW it is wrong CHANGE IT! More helpful hints : More helpful hints Study just before you go to sleep. You remember the last thing you did before you went bed better. Use your time wisely. Answer the easy questions first. Then use the REST of the time on the more difficult questions. For math: *Do NOT do computations in your head. Use the calculator. *Work in consistent units. If one side of a rectangle is in feet and the other is in inches. Convert them both so they are the same unit. Slide 12: Review: The techniques of elimination all of the above/ none of the above dangerous words changing answers should all help you to master multiple choice tests. Good luck. Sources : Sources Fitzell & Fitzell; Umm, Studying? What’s That? Middle School Study Skills Teacher Created Materials, Inc.