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  Are You a Good Test Taker? (Doll Article)

(March 26, 2008 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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Unfortunately tests are a part of a studentís life, and in recent years there are more tests than ever thanks to the big push for standardized tests and accountability. These tests, by the way, also test your teachers, not just you, if that makes you feel any better. But knowing how to take a test is more important than ever, and I donít mean whether or not you know the material covered. Iím talking about do you know how to work through a test correctly.

Prepare Yourself

You should always get a good nightís sleep before a test and if you can study for the test (some you canít), you should review the material for about an hour or so each evening for about a week preceding the test. The more times you see or hear something, the better you retain it, but your brain stores the information at night while you sleep, so short study bursts throughout the week are better than one big all-nighter where youíll forget almost everything you read anyway. Eat a good breakfast the day of the test and dress comfortably in layers.

Listen to Instructions

Be sure to listen to all the instructions for the test, even if they are completely boring. You might only have one shot at asking a question or getting a better understanding of something thatís not clear. Use this time to also calm yourself and remind yourself that youíre going to do fine. Test taking problems have much more to do with anxiety than not being ready for the test.

Read the Question

It seems silly to say, but be sure you read what the question is actually asking you. In math questions especially the test usually has a ton of extra information or you have to do two or three steps to find the answer. I canít tell you how many times Iíve wanted to kick myself for bubbling one thing when the question was really asking me to do one more step to find the REAL answer.

Go with Your Gut Ė Sometimes

If youíve been studying and know the material, your first gut response has pretty significant weight. Most of the time the more you stew about a question the more confused youíll make yourself. When you get to a problem, assuming its not math that has a definite answer you can find using an equation or something, eliminate the obviously wrong answers Ė there will likely be two. Then feel which answer looks better.

Donít just bubble it because you like it though. Go back and prove to yourself that the answer you like is the real one. Sure it takes a little extra time, but better to be right than done first. If you havenít studied and know squat about the material, though, your gut is likely to be wrong as much as it is right.

Bubble Later

If you bubble after each question, youíre likely to lose your train of thought or lose momentum. Instead answer all the questions in a group in your test and then bubble in blocks or at the end. For example, answer questions one through ten. Then bubble them in. Bubbling will give you a little break and help you stay focused. Go back and do another ten or twenty and bubble. Sometimes, if youíre in a groove, you can answer all the questions in the test and bubble at the end, just be sure to check and make sure you are bubbling the right answer for the right question.

Check It Over

This is the step that is most often skipped and it can hurt you in a big way. Your first check should be that youíve answered and bubbled all the questions. Then you should spot check to be sure your bubbles match the answers you chose for the questions. If your bubbles got off, go back and fix them.

Finally, you can rework the test to be sure all your answers are correct, but the most important ones to check are the questions you struggled with early on. It may be that your brain is in gear at the end of the test and can find the answer you couldnít find an hour or two before. But be careful, if you start changing a bunch of answers after the fact, you might be overthinking some of the questions. Prove the answer is right and move on to the next one.

If You Stall

It happens to everyone. When you stall out on a test and just canít get over that mental hump, find a way to fix it. Here are a few ideas that have worked to get me back on track:

- Eat a snack if youíre allowed to.
- Go to the bathroom and walk the long way around to get the blood flowing.
- Close your eyes and relax your shoulders to give yourself a break.
- Take a few deep breaths and give yourself a mental pep talk.
- Skip to the end of the test and answer a few questions you know.
- See if you can find hints to the answers you don't know in other questions.
- Close the test, count to ten, open it and start again.
- As a final resort you can always guess.


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Lovegoonie

26/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 29, 2009
Yes. I must be a great test taker but on maths I do absoloutley terrible.

Abi

xoxo
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whiteskyewarri

20/Female
Canada
Posted On: March 29, 2008
my exams are coming up soon, so i will follow these tips! thanx!
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never_more

21/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: March 29, 2008
I'm pretty good at tests, except math. but that might just be my math skills. lol, good article.
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Rawr_x

85/Female
Iraq
Posted On: March 28, 2008
How about "ditch day of tests"?

Haha okay won't do that. But I don't want to take them.

Hmm. :|
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dwieselmcallis

26/Female
Lafayette, LA
Posted On: March 28, 2008
Actually, Amber, waiting to bubble is a pretty good idea. It saves you lots of time, especially if you mis-bubble and have a crummy eraser. Of course, this is ONLY if you are allowed to write on the actual test paper. If not, I suggest that you DO bubble after each question. Then proofread. Lots.

These are great suggestions! I did the same kind of things when I took the ACT, and I did quite well.
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superhero_1

25/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: March 28, 2008
Thanks For This Tips!

Really Great

I Have A Levels In June So This Will Help

-Kayley,x
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element_wind91

23/Female
Bowling Green, OH
Posted On: March 28, 2008
dang it...and I just took OGTs a few weeks ago..i would've really loved this. i'm such an incredibly terrible test-taker, lol.
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amber_luvs_ani

28/Female
FL
Posted On: March 27, 2008
Very nice article...except for one minor thing. It isn't exactly wise to wait to bubble answers. Then you will most likely forget the answer and have to reread each question again. So you're basically doing twice the work. It's smart to bubble the answer, unless you have a perfect photographic memory and can remember all of the answers for later, just don't take forever to do it. THEN you'll loose your train of thought.

~amber~
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mraquelshaw

18/Female
Posted On: March 27, 2008
Very nice article...except for one thing. It isn't exactly wise to wait to bubble answers. Then you will most likely forget the answer and have to reread the each question. So you're basically doing twice the work. It's smart to bubble the answer, unless you have a perfect photographic memory and can remember all of the answers for later, just don't take forever to do it. THEN you'll loose your train of thought.

-MaRiNa
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evily_sweet

22/Female
Djibouti
Posted On: March 27, 2008
OMG i needed this! We have to take a humongo test that determines if we go to the next grade! Thanks!
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ElectricShock_

83/Female
Antarctica
Posted On: March 27, 2008
Haha.

Nice article :] I have like a bazillion tests that I have to take, and this will probably help.
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CinnamonDragon

19/Female
Madagascar
Posted On: March 27, 2008
Great info. I'm not really a good test taker. Of school do-er... If that's even a word..
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