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I wanted to put together a video
just giving general test-taking tips.
So many people have test anxiety, they get stressed out
they are scared when they walk into a test
and when that happens, they're probably not as successful as what they could be.
So I listed a few things that I think are
maybe some key points
and key tips on taking a test
First of all, remember that you have what it takes
You have what it takes. You have the information in your mind.
You have studied. You have comprehended the material
You know what is going to be on the test because you have studied
You have studied. You're ready.
So walk in confident knowing that you are ready to take the test.
The second thing you need to make sure you get enough sleep the night before
Too many people avoid this
They pull an all-nighter or they stay up watching their favorite television show
You need to make sure you get a solid 7 to 9 hours of sleep before a test
so that you are physically and mentally rested and prepared
for the information that you know.
(clears throat) The third thing
is make sure you read the questions or the prompt, first.
If it's a reading test (clears throat)
or if it's some kind of comprehension test, make sure you read the information first.
Read the questions first so that when you go back look at the information that is tested over
Let's say, for instance, it's a reading comprehension test
read the questions first, now you know what they're going to be asking
while you read the passage that they have you read.
If it's a writing test, maybe it's an expository essay
maybe it's a personal narrative essay
make sure you read the prompt first.
Read it carefully. Make sure you know what they're asking you to write about
so that you don't write about something different
Read it first. If there are things that you need to look up in a dictionary
then look it up then.
That way, you won't have to guess.
You won't have to guess on "is this what they're asking? Is this what they're asking?"
"I don't know what this word means." Look it up!
The next thing is, mark up the test.
Mark it up! Highlight things. Underline things. Circle things.
Make sure you use any kind of technique necessary
in order to make sure that you comprehend the question
and the passage that you're reading or the prompt that you're writing
or anything like that, first.
If it's a passage that you're reading
underline key words in there. Underline topic sentences.
Underline main ideas. Circle them, highlight them.
Whatever you need to do in order to understand.
If it is a writing test,
If it's maybe an expository essay or a personal narrative essay
make sure you use a graphic organizer, an outline on scratch paper
Have all your thoughts organized
so that when you go to write that essay everything is structured the right way.
Here's another thing, and this is something that I do.
Play the dot game.
If you get to a question, and you don't know what it is
don't sit there and think about it, and think about it, and think about it.
Put a dot next to that number and move on.
Any time you come across one, and you just don't know it
put a dot next to it.
Don't waste all that time and energy
trying to think through a question that is very very hard for you to understand
and then waste a bunch of time that might be easier later down the line in the test.
Put a dot next to it and move on.
Get done with the ones that you know, first
and then stretch a little bit, take a little bit of a break, close your eyes
yawn a little bit, wiggle your fingers to try to get that brain moving again
and then reset yourself so that when you go back to those dotted questions
that you'll be able to answer them better.
The next thing is just stay relaxed.
Stay relaxed during the test.
It's easy to get stressed out. It's easy to have anxiety.
It's easy to look at the test and go "this isn't easy, this is hard, I'm not going to do very well"
and your mind starts creating thes thoughts that control all of your actions.
You freeze up. You get scared. You get nervous.
Don't do that. Stay relaxed. If you have to wiggle your fingers,
if you have to yawn, if you have to stand up stretch quickly and then sit back down
roll your shoulders. Do anything necessary.
Anything within the instructions and within the guidelines of what you can do in that classroom,
do that in order to stay relaxed
so that you can perform at the peak level
for this test.
The last thing is, once you've finished, go back through the test.
Whether it's a reading test, and you're answering quesitons
or it is a writing test, and you have written an essay
go back through it. Read back through those
Read back through those answers. Make sure that you marked everything completely.
Read back through those answer and make sure you didn't mark one that you shouldn't have marked.
Maybe you know the answer now, and now reading back through it you realize, "oh, wait a second, what did I do there?"
"That was a wrong answer."
Or if it's a writing test, read back through your writing
Don't just finish and assume, "oh I know what I did, and I know I have everything right."
"I'm just done. I want to be done" so then you turn it in.
Don't do that. Read back through the essay.
Sometimes as you, maybe, take that break,
close your eyes, kind of stretch a little bit, and then you read back through that essay
you have now reset yourself and you're able to see some of the mistakes that maybe you made.
It is better to read back through, and take a little bit extra time to do that
then to find that maybe you have a bunch of mistakes and you didn't take the time to read back through.
Be careful with it.
Read back through it, but ultimately, here's what you need to know:
you have everything it takes in order to pass the test.
So walk in confident.
knowing that you are going to be successful.