The Art of Taking a Test

The Art of Taking a Test

It’s the end of our 1st Quarter and it amazes me how time passes by so quickly! This quarter began a bit broken up with all the holiday breaks and diagnostic testing, but we’re smoothing out and getting into a rhythm.

We have begun art projects available for 6th graders every other week during Study Hall! I’m so excited and thankful for Sis. Asna’s willingness to make the arts & crafts class available for the students!

test-pic2 This week we’ll be taking our End of Unit 1 test on Thursday, October 20th. The study guide has been passed out and is also available for download on the “This Week’s” page. As the title of this post states there’s a certain way to approach a reading test

  • When you have a passage to read followed by questions, read the questions first. This will give you a good idea of what to look for as you read the passage.
  • Quickly scan the test section. This will give you an idea of what is coming in the time allowed for the section.
  • Always look back at the passage to answer questions rather than relying on memory.
  • Look for key words such as first, then, next, finally, and after when sequencing events.
  • Always read all ttest-piche choices before answering a question.
  • Try all the answer choices to see which one is best and to eliminate answers you know are wrong.
  • The main idea of a passage is most often at the very beginning and it may be stated again at the very end.
  • If
    you are asked about cause and effect, look for key words such as since, because, as a result of, and therefore.
  • Do not be discouraged by very long passages.
  • Don’t spend too much time on any one item. Skip an item if necessary, leave it blank, and come back to it later. Focus on the questions that come quicker and easier for you.

These tips were modified from Scholastic’s Test Taking Strategies article.

AND for those of you who get a little nervous before a test, take a look at the these test anxiety tipstest-anxietytips


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