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Lesson #19 - Taking Tests, Part 2
In Lesson 18 you learned there were five characteristics of tests: Tests cover a small portion of what you must learn, more study means higher test scores, practice improves test scores, the types and purposes of tests change, and test taking skills can be improved. If you do not recall these, it will be good to review them before beginning this lesson. The goal of STUDY SMART is for you to control your success. Controlling test grades is one way you control your success.Q: What tests will you learn about in this lesson?
True-false and matching tests will be our topics in this lesson. Like multiple choice tests, these require you to recognize an answer. That is, you are given the correct answer along with several incorrect answers. Your task is to recognize or choose the correct answer.
Remember, we are suggesting that you be systematic while taking tests using the STUDY SMART method of Prepare, Act, and Test.TRUE-FALSE QUESTIONS
Q: How do you Prepare for true-false tests?
True-false questions usually focus on facts and details, so when you have true-false questions you should pay special attention to these. You should use many of your memory actions and practice recalling the facts that your teacher has emphasized.Q: Are there skills you can use while answering questions?
Yes, as with all tests, read the directions and follow them. Read every question completely and do not interpret or look for hidden meanings. Do not expect trick questions. Use the ideas below to help you answer questions. But, remember for true-false questions, as for all test questions, the best reason to choose an answer is because you know it is correct.
Review your test carefully to make sure it was scored correctly. Look at each question to identify errors. Correct these. Make sure you understand what your teacher was asking. If you do not understand, then ask. Sometimes true-false questions can be difficult to understand.
Matching tests usually have two lists. An item in one list must be paired with an item in the other. These questions usually deal with facts.Q: How do you Prepare for matching questions?
Matching questions often include details so identifying possible matching question topics is important. Then, you must learn and practice these. You will want to use many memory actions. Some examples of matching questions are authors and their works, pictures of body organs and their names, events and their dates.Q: What Actions will help you be successful on matching questions?
Matching questions are simple to correct so check your errors and learn your mistakes. Always check to see that your score was correct; if not, ask your teacher to check it.
Many times true-false and matching questions are a part of a test with other kinds of questions. It is very important to budget your time. Do this by deciding how much time you can spend on each section. Stay in your time limits. You should save time for the end of the test so you can review your answers.Q: How can you get started?
Make up 10 true-false and 10 matching questions for classes with teachers that use these types of questions. You can get some friends to do this with you, also. For your next test see how close your questions are to your teachers' questions. Use Form 19.1 to record these questions.
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