Here are some general test takings tips to help you
- Read the directions thoroughly, do not skim. You may miss important information.
- Don't read the questions before reading the passage, you are just going to be looking for the answers and not taking in what the passage is about.
- If you're stuck on a problem, move on. You have a limited amount of time. Come back to the problem later.
- However, pace yourself. Don't rush, read the questions and answers thoroughly and pay attention to the details.
- Make sure your hand writing is legible so that the grader is able to read it.
- When you're done with your test, double check it and see if you missed anything, made a mistake or just want to add on to something. Just double check!
- Take deep breaths. You will be fine, do not stress. Just take the test, nice and easy and have confidence. You can do this, you are not unprepared, you will do great!
Tips for Part I: Listening for information and understanding
- Take notes both times while listening to the passage.
- Look through the questions the second time the passage is being read, you can find the answers you need.
- Pay attention to key words.
- Try to figure out what the main idea of the passage is.
- If something is unclear to you, ask the instructor to clarify it for you.
- Go over your notes and add anything you may have missed.
Tips for Part II: Reading for information and understanding
- Read the question at least two times before reading the answer choices.
- Read all the choices before picking an answer.
- Eliminate any answers you know are incorrect.
- Underline any key words you may see.
- Don't be afraid to change your first answer. If it seems wrong to you, go ahead and revise your answer. Another choice may fit better.
- Go back and fix anything you may have done wrong.
Tips for Part III: Reading and Writing for literary response
- Be precise. Answer what the question is asking, don't over do it.
- If you want to add in keywords to your response, do it in short but informative sentences.
- Eliminate any information that doesn't have to do with the question being asked.
- Make sure your ideas are stated clearly.
- Re-read the question and your answer to ensure that you have captured all the elements.
Tips for Part IV: Reading and Writing for critical analysis and evaluation
- Read the quote and make sure you understand it.
- Break down the quote, underline any keywords you see.
- List a few books that pertain to that quote.
- Make an outline so you can organize your thoughts and have a sense of what your essay is going to look like.
- Make sure your writing is legible. If the grader cannot read it, you might lose points.
- Manage your time wisely.