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SUGGESTIONS FOR TEST TAKERS
1. Skim questions first.
2. Read the selection.
3. Read each question very carefully.
4. Read each answer before choosing the best one.
5. Remember - it's okay to guess! (BUT, stick with your first answer! Change answers only if you are very sure.)
A. Have a definite time to study. All boys and girls should have a period of a relaxation and exercise before beginning their study. Probably the best time for study is in the early evening soon after dinner.
B. Have a definite place for study where you may be free from all interruptions. Have a table and a chair of the proper height and size, a good light and a comfortable room temperature.
C. Have a special notebook in which to keep assignments for your studies. Before leaving each class be sure that the assignment for the following day is clearly understood and recorded. Be careful to keep your mind from wandering when explanations are being made in class. When in doubt, however, ask for further instructions from your teacher rather than wait to inquire from your classmates.
D. Before you settle down to work, see that your textbooks, note -books, pencils and all other equipment and materials are on hand.
E. Tackle the job immediately and try to let nothing interfere. It may help you to stick to your work if you have a time limit for the preparation of each lesson and try to live up to your schedule.
F. Figure out the way to get the best results from your studying. Perhaps it is better for you to prepare the most difficult assignment first. Leave the easier ones for later when you may be more tired. If, on the other hand, you are one of those persons who has trouble getting warmed up, it may be better for you to do the easier ones before tackling the harder lessons.
G. Try to understand what you read. Try to remember the thought rather than just memorize each lesson.
H. Try to apply new knowledge you have learned. Talk over your school work at home.
I. When memorizing, learn all the material as a whole and do break it into parts. Go over it rapidly at first to get the meaning. Then repeat it carefully again and again until it is fixed in your memory.
J. Get the habit of completely learning all the work assigned to you day by day. Make up book work as soon as possible after an absence from school.
K. Learn to be independent. Do not copy other people's work.
IMPORTANT STRATEGIES AND TECHNIQUES
I. Start preparing for the exam early.
II. Review step by step.
A) Establish a daily time for studying.
B) Establish daily goals for studying.
Be reasonable when setting goals.
C) Alternate math and verbal work in one session.
D) Review all basic math and verbal work, even if you "know it all."
III. Keep yourself healthy and happy.
A) Allow time for recreation.
B) Avoid the last minute "cram".
C) Get enough sleep and eat the right foods.
D) On the test, concentrate on what you do know not what you don't know.
E) Get to the exam on time; don't rush.
IV. Make sure you understand general directions.
A) Underline the key words.
B) Ask any questions before the exam begins.
V. Scan the test before you begin.
VI. Write down immediately anything you remember during the test.
VII. Plan your time on the test.
A) Do easier questions first, save time for harder ones.
VIII. Read each question carefully and underline important words on questions.
IX. Do your calculation on scrap paper so that you can check the way you arrived at your answer.
X. Use all your time, check every answer.
6. If you must erase, be sure to do so completely.
7. Be sure that your answers are marked in the proper place.
8. Keep on working on "easier" test items.
9. Return to "trouble" spots.