You must connect items on one list with items on another
generally by placing a number or letter. The best way to
approach matching questions of this kind is to choose one of
the columns and match as many items as you can with those
in the other column. Work with only one column at a time.
True & False
It consists of a single statement; your job is to decide whether
it's true. Watch for those little words that can turn an
otherwise true statement into one that is false, or vice versa.
If you don't know an answer, always guess-unless
the scoring formula is "rights minus wrongs." In
true-false tests, your first hunch is usually correct.
Don't change an answer unless you are very sure
of the change. If any part of the statement is false,
the whole statement is false.
Math & Science
Do the easy ones first. Read the problem.
Estimate the answer before you start to work on
the problem. Include the units with all answers
and round them to the proper place.
In preparing for problem exams it is important that you work
many problems. If the exam will require you to perform
mathematical proofs or derivations, be certain that you know
which proofs may be required. See your instructor for pre-exam
help when you need it, but come prepared with a list of specific
questions. Go over every test after you take it.
Make sure you are ready for the test both mentally and physically.
Listen carefully to the final instructions of the teacher.
Begin the test immediately and watch the time carefully.
Read all the essay questions carefully, paying special
attention to the key words.
Planning and Writing
It is important to understand what the teacher is
asking for in an essay question.
Read the question several times or until you clearly
understand what is being asked for. Outline the main points
you plan to cover in your answer. Write your essay.
Taking a Test
Read the directions. Answer the easy
questions first. Go back to the difficult
Answer all questions. Ask the instructor to explain
any items that are not clear. Try to answer the
questions from the instructor's point of view.
Circle key words in difficult questions. Express
difficult questions in your own words. Use all of the
time allotted for the test.
Before you Begin
Preview the test before you answer anything.
Quickly calculate how much time you should
allow for each section according to the point
value. Do a mind dump.
Anticipate the answer before you look at the choices.
Read over all of your options. Eliminate highly
implausible answers. Answer all questions in order
without skipping or jumping around. Do not linger too
long on any one question.
Reread all questions containing negative wording such as "not" or "least." Check for qualifying words
such as "all-most-some-none," "always-usually-seldom-never," "best-worst," or "smallest-largest."
Watch for modifying or limiting phrases inserted into the true/false questions. Be alert for multiple
ideas or concepts within the same true/false statements. Be alert for grammatical inconsistencies
between the question stem and the answer choices on multiple-choice questions.
Be cautious about changing your answer to a true/false or multiple-choice question without a good
reason. Apply the same approach to answering both true/false and multiple-choice questions. The
same techniques will work equally well for both, since multiple-choice questions are basically
true/false questions arranged in groups.