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Lesson #20 - Taking Tests, Part 3
In this lesson, you will learn about tests that are different from multiple choice, true-false, and matching. These tests require you to recognize and select an answer. Short answer and essay tests require you to recall and construct an answer.Q: Do recall tests require different preparation?
Yes, you should prepare differently for recall tests. You should study systematically and master the material as recommended throughout STUDY SMART. But, preparation for the test should change.
We will first look at the purposes and demands of essay and short answer tests. One important characteristic is that you must remember and express your learning. Your answer must be well organized and clear to receive the best grade. In other words, your grade is influenced by how you write, as well as what you have learned. Teachers usually have their own criteria to grade recall tests, so it is important to find out how your tests will be graded.Q: How should you Prepare for recall test?
To Prepare for recall tests you should:
Q: What should you do during the test?
Below are actions that improve success on recall tests.
Check your test to make sure your test was correctly graded. Read your answers carefully and examine your errors and teacher's comments. If you do not understand why you lost points or made an error, ask your teacher to explain. Then, see if you can write a better answer. You can even ask your teacher to read this new answer. Most teachers expect you to do things in a specific way that may be different from other teachers. It is important to learn these special requirements early.
You should think about tests as opportunities to show what you know. If you are systematic when you study and prepare for tests, you can do very well.Q: How can you get started?
For tests that you have essay questions, write five practice questions. Think about what you believe your teachers will ask. You can also ask some friends to do the same thing. Use these to practice while preparing for the test. You may be surprised at how similar your questions are to your teachers' questions. You can use Form 20.1 to write your questions.
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