- True/False Tests
- Multiple Choice Tests
- Matching Tests
- Fill-in-the-Blank Tests
- Essay Tests
- Problem Solving Tests
Would you like to get better grades on your exams? The following tips will give you helpful strategies to achieve higher grades on your upcoming exams.
- Look for key words.
- A statement is usually true if it includes one of these words: most, seldom, usually, might, may, some, or sometimes
- A statement is often false if it includes one of these words: only, never, always, should, would, or all.
MULTIPLE CHOICE TESTS
- Read the question first
- Try to answer the question first, before reading the possible answers.
- Read all the answers.
- Eliminate the answers that are obviously wrong.
- Studies have shown that your first choice is usually the right choice!
- Read all the items that are to be matched first.
- Match what you are certain of first.
- Use one side of the list to start from and the second side to make the match.
- Cross off items that are correctly matched
- Read the sentence first, if there is "an" before the blank you know the word must begin with a vowel.
- Take notice of the length and number of blanks provided, this may indicate a clue from the instructor.
- Provide descriptive answers, if you can't think of the word, it may result in partial credit.
- Read each question first.
- Begin with the question you feel most confident answering.
- Identify the verbs or words that give directions in the question: compare, contrast, classify, criticize, define, describe, discuss, evaluate, explain, illustrate, interpret, justify, outline, prove, and summarize.
- Make a short outline to organize your thoughts on a separate piece of paper.
- Paraphrase the question in your indrocution.
- Form a clear thesis (statement of purpose) in your introduction.
- The paragraphs that form the body of your paper should support your writing and understand your ideas.
- Make sure your essay is brief and to the point.
- Don't forget to proofread your essay.
*If you run out of time, try to make a brief outline for the question you were unable to finish. The instructor may give you partial credit if he/she realizes you knew the material and the incomplete essay was merely a time issue.
PROBLEM SOLVING TESTS
- Before entering class, review formulas and concepts.
- Quickly glance over the test to assess the time it will take to complete and the level of difficulty.
- Write formulas and graphs on your test, so if you get nervous you won't forget them.
- Answer the problems you know how to do first.
- Show all your work, instructors may give partial credit.
- Recheck work.
*To solve math word problems, identify the key words to assist with determining the function that is being asked. The following are key words that indicate the proper function to use:
increased by, more than, combined together, total of, sum, added to
decreased by, minus, less, difference between/of less than, fewer than
of times, multiplied by, product of, increased/decreased by a factor of (this one is both addition/subtraction AND multiplication
per, a out of, ratio of, quotient of, percent (divide by 100)
is, are, was, were, will be, gives, yields, sold for
*A good night sleep and a healthy breakfast have been proven to be beneficial to test takers.
*If additional help is needed at Hawaii CC, it can be found by seeing a counselor, student support services, tutoring, and inquiring about related workshops.