Test Taking Tips

Pointers for Math EOG/EOCs:

  • Do all the ones you know first (later ones may give you a hint as to how to solve earlier problems)
  • Underline important information and the actual QUESTION
  • Draw a visual if you are able to
  • Try to solve without looking at the answer choices (or at least set up the problem)
  • Eliminate answers that don’t make sense
  • If you don’t know how to solve without the answer choices use “chug and plug” (where you plug the answer choices in to the question to see which one works)

Pointers for Reading EOG/EOCs:

  • Read the longest passages first
  • If you ever struggle with focus you may not want to read the questions first (they can distract you while reading the text)
  • If you do read the questions before reading the text DON’T look at the answer choices
  • As you read the text underline anything you find important or write little notes out to the side about what the paragraph is talking about. (these can be short phrases not sentences)
  • Read the question without looking at the answer choices, and underline the important parts and the actual QUESTION.
  • Come up with an answer or information about the question, on your own and write it out to the side, then look at the answer choices to find the best match.
  • Eliminate answers that don’t make sense
  • Find proof in the story for the answer you think is correct.
  • If have more than one choice left and not sure which to pick re-read the question and go with the choice that feels the best.

Pointers for Science Tests (multiple choice):

  • Do all the ones you know first (later ones may give you a hint as to how to answer earlier questions)
  • Underline important information (especially any vocabulary words) and the actual QUESTION
  • Try to picture an example if you can (you can even draw it out if it helps), if there is Math involved work it out first before looking at your answer choices.
  • Write down an answer or everything you know about the topic before looking at the answer choices
  • Eliminate answers that don’t make sense. You can also use the meanings of the key words in the question to help you identify parts of the answers that don’t make sense or that don’t apply to the question.
  • If have more than one choice left and not sure which to pick re-read the question and go with the choice that feels the best.

Pointers for Social Studies Test:

  • Do all the ones you know first (later ones may give you a hint as to how to answer earlier questions)
  • Underline important information (especially any vocabulary words, and names of people or events) and the actual QUESTION
  • Try to picture an example or the event if you can
  • Write down an answer or everything you know about the topic before looking at the answer choices
  • Eliminate answers that don’t make sense. You can also use the meanings of the key words in the question to help you identify parts of the answers that don’t make sense or that don’t apply to the question.
  • If have more than one choice left and not sure which to pick re-read the question and go with the choice that feels the best.

Text Anxiety:

  • Take 3-10 deep breaths whenever you are feeling anxious
  • Repeat only positive statements about yourself and the test before the test, during the test, and after the test. If you can’t do positive statements at least steer clear of any negative thoughts or statements!
  • Before the test starts stretch yourself out and make as big of a positive physical gesture as you can for going in to the test (do this in the bathroom if you want)
  • Smile when you are feeling stressed (picture your happy place if that helps)
  • While testing sit up as straight as possible, with your shoulders back and your chest out (Open up your body!)
  • Use those stretch breaks to stand up and stretch out all of your muscles: legs, arms, body, neck, feet, and hands. Repeat positive thoughts and statements in your head as you stretch (you can also picture your happy place during this time) USE THE WHOLE BREAK!
  • Pick some strategies for each test to focus on. Use those as your goals. Meaning instead of deciding on the goal of passing the test, set a goal to underline key words in all the questions, and/or to check back over your work, etc.

Focus:

  • While testing sit up as straight as possible, with your shoulders back and your chest out (Open up your body!)
  • If you are feeling sleepy make sure to not rest your head, chin, etc. on your hand or the desk (sit up straight)
  • If it helps you can use one or both hands to hold on to the chair legs while reading text or questions. The cold of the metal and the pressure of your hands on the chair will help you stay awake.
  • Tap your foot or finger on a surface that doesn’t make noise (this could include your cheek or mouth). Small movements that aren’t distracting to others can help you stay focused.
  • Use those stretch breaks to stand up and stretch out all of your muscles: legs, arms, body, neck, feet, and hands. USE THE WHOLE BREAK!
  • Periodically stretch your neck and hands while testing.
  • Do difficult tasks first when your energy is highest.
  • Pick some strategies for each test to focus on. Use those as your goals. Meaning instead of deciding on the goal of passing the test, set a goal to underline key words in all the questions, and/or to check back over your work, etc. You can even set a goal of not putting your head down during the test.
  • Give yourself a reward for achieving your goal at the end of the test, or end of the day. Plan it out in advance. You can get your parents involved in this!

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