Test-Taking Strategies



    A big goal for my students to work toward this year is to begin to automatically use these strategies when taking tests and working on assignments.  The students will be able to use these tips whenever needed throughout their school careers.
    These testing strategies help decrease student anxiety and encourage students to carefully complete their work, which leads to better scores which leads to more confidence in his or her own abilities.

    1.] Process of Elimination-
    (crossing out the answer options that the student knows are wrong)-this allows the student to focus on the answers that he/she thinks are better than the others and reason out which answer is best

    2.] Reading the Directions First, then the Questions and then the Passage-reading the questions first gives the student a chance to find out what they will have to look for when reading the passage and better allow them to filter out non-essential information in the passage

    3.] Keylighting-(boxing in) the important words in the questions and passage to help the student be actively engaged in the process of reading and taking the test, therefore thinking about what evidence from the story will help the student answer the question correctly [Note: the student must also put the number of the question next to the matching keylighted information in the passage]

    4.] Checking Work-After your student is done answering the questions, it is very important for him/her to review their work, not only to make sure they answered each question the way he/she wanted, but to also make sure no problems were skipped [at this age-level I have found that many students rush, often without realizing it and that can lead to unintended errors, I encourage all students to be the last one done and not worry about students around them]

    5.] Answer the Questions They Know the Answers to First- this can be tricky because it requires the student to remember that they skipped a question, I have found that even at the third grade level students are capable of remembering to answer skipped questions, they can also keep track of any skipped questions on the given scratch paper or at the top of the test near her/his name


Last Modified on October 1, 2014