The Math of Guessing on an Exam
An interesting article on guessing answers on the SAT.
And some commentary:
It’s actually not quite true to say you shouldn’t guess on the SAT. It’s true that students are advised not to take a totally wild guess, but normally if you can eliminate one or more of the available answers, then guessing is +EV. Continue reading “The Math of Guessing on an Exam” »
How to Take an Oral Exam
For many students, the experience of taking an oral exam is one that is very different to taking a written exam, although you may find that preparation for an oral exam is similar to a written exam.
Oral Exams are a standard feature of English as a Second Language Exams In addition, several other standardized tests such as the NNAAP have an oral component. Continue reading “How to Take an Oral Exam” »
How to Concentrate When You’ve Got a Big Test Ahead of You
Concentration is one of the most important skills anyone needs throughout their life. As students, it has understandable importance concerning the amount of information that must be consumed and recalled. However, even beyond the student days, it’s necessary to have the skills involved in concentration to healthily and adequately perform any skills or responsibility. With its importance, it also seems to be most elusive. Regardless of how far-fetched it seems to acquire, concentration is a skill that is manageable by everyone. concentrate, concentration, how to concentrate, study skills
What to Do When You Fail a Test
Once, when I was a college instructor, a student came to me and asked me what he should do when he fails a test. In other words, is there anything he can do to use that experience to propel him to better performance in the future? I thought about the question, and several not-so-helpful responses came to mind. On the next test, if he thinks he’s going to fail, he could: Continue reading “What to Do When You Fail a Test” »
Each year, tens of thousands of students take big, life-changing exams, such as the SAT or the ACT. And every year, hundreds or thousands of students get a grade on that test which sorely disappoints them. But what’s a person to do at that point?
Many people, of course, consider retaking it. That’s because most of us believe that the more times we take a test, the better we’ll do on it. And actually, statistics tend to agree with this. According to one study, 55 percent of people who retake the SAT or ACT improve their tests the second time they take it. (It’s not always true, of course, as the 35 percent who did worse the second time can attest). Continue reading “Retaking That Big Exam” »
Why Cheating is Not a Good Test Prep Strategy
It’s the proverbial elephant in the room any time a group of students starts talking about how to get ready for the upcoming test: The method that many of them will use is cheating. Maybe you’re even one of them. You might be surprised to hear that this article will at no time preach at you about why cheating is immoral. Instead, we’ll talk about why cheating ultimately hurts you in the class. If you consider cheating on a test, things have definitely changed and there are numerous hi-tech ways that you can get caught. Here is a discussion in the new frontier in catching cheaters. Continue reading “Why Cheating is Not a Good Test Prep Strategy” »
Whats the Difference Between a Quiz, Test, and Exam?
You’re in school, it’s close to Christmas, and on the same day, one instructor tells you there’s a quiz coming, a second says there’s a test next week, while a third tells you to prepare for the upcoming exam. ARRRGH! A quiz, a test, and an exam, all coming soon. But what’s the difference? Are they all the same thing, are they different, and which is more important to your grade point average? Continue reading “Whats the Difference Between a Quiz, Test, and Exam?” »
How to Stop forgetting What You Studied When You Take the Test
It happens to the best of us: We study, study, study for that big test, we think we have down all the information–and then we forget it. It’s frustrating, and unfortunately, it’s not entirely preventable. However, there are steps you can take to minimize the brain freezes. Here are some things to try. Continue reading “How to Stop forgetting What You Studied When You Take the Test” »
Myths About Exams
Everybody knows what’s involved in studying for exams, right? Well–maybe not. In fact, there are several myths that many people believe are true, but which actually do little or nothing to enhance the studying process. Chances are good that you’ve bought into one or more of these myths. Let’s take a look at some of the more common myths, and discuss what the truth is.
MYTH #1: I should study absolutely everything that’s in the textbook or that was discussed by the instructor.
The truth: Only a small portion of the material is included on any test. The key, then, is to figure out what was important enough that it will be included on the test. So how do you do this? You learn to pick up on certain clues. Continue reading “Myths About Exams” »