Studying & Taking Tests

Study Tips:

Tips from the Parent Institute and the PASS Project

  • Organize Materials:  It's easier to study notes, quizzes, and homework when they are separated
  • Make a Study Plan: Schedule study time over several days; Make a “to do” list for each study session
  • Take a Practice Test: Use questions in the book or make up questions and look up the answers
  • Study under “Test” Conditions: No distractions (like TV or loud music); Set a timer when taking practice tests
  • Look at Old Tests: Learn from past mistakes; ask a teacher or a tutor if you don’t know what you did wrong
  • Make Flash Cards: Ask a friend or family member to test you with cards that contain what you need to knows

Testing Tips:

Multiple Choice Questions:

* Before reading the choices, think about what the answer should be.
* Read all the answers before choosing one.
* Cross out wrong answers. This narrows down the options.
* When viewing the test, make sure answers are marked in the bubbles correctly.

Matching Questions:
* Before reading the choices, think about what the answer should be.
* Read the directions carefully.
* Notice whether one column is longer than the other. If so, some answers may not get used and others may get used twice.

True/False Questions:
* For the answer to be true, ALL of the statement must be true.
* Beware of absolute terms, such as always or never. These words are most likely to be in false statements.
* It’s probably better to guess than to leave a question blank. There’s a 50 percent chance of being right.

Essay Questions:
* Make an outline before answering the question.
* Ask if spelling and grammar will be graded.
* Write neatly.
* If time is running out, include an outline or brief answer.