Test Writing Skills

Get a good night's SLEEP before the test. Do not write tests on an empty stomach.

LISTEN to all instructions and READ THE TEST over carefully before beginning.

Have all the NECESSARY SUPPLIES (calculator, ruler, protractor, etc.) for the test. It is also a good idea to have an extra pens and pencils.

Do all the EASY QUESTIONS first, and make sure these are done well for optimum points.

It is important to UNDERSTAND WHAT IS BEING ASKED in a test question. Do not hesitate to ask for clarification from the teacher.

Pay attention to the VALUE of the questions and budget the time to get maximum points.

If test panic is setting in, take several slow, deep breaths to CALM down.

When going "blank" on a question, circle it and return to it later.

Sometimes there are answers in other parts of the test. LOOK FOR CLUES.

Quickly JOTTTING DOWN IDEAS in point form to include in your answer, will help organize the writing.

Always check over the test carefully to make sure there is no carelessness or or forgotten questions. USE ALL THE TIME given, avoid the urge to "get it over with fast," by leaving the test early.

If, drawing a picture, aids in understanding and answering a questions, do it!

For MULTIPLE CHOICE questions, eliminate the answers that are impossible and that way there are fewer answers to consider.

For TRUE AND FALSE questions, if there is not a penalty for wrong answers, do each question. Guess, if necessary to get the most points possible.

For MATCHING QUESTIONS, do the easy questions first and cross off the answers as they are used to avoid getting mixed up.

For FILL IN THE BLANK questions the teacher is looking for a short, simple answer. If there is one blank, then usually only one word is required. Sometimes there will be a WORD LIST provided. Once completed, read the answer over to make sure it makes sense.

When a test has been corrected and returned, review the test for errors that were made. WRITE DOWN THE CORRECT ANSWERS as the teacher goes over the questions. See the teacher to clear up any problem areas that may still exist. There may be an EXAM later where the same questions may appear.