Chapter 6: Preparing for and Taking Tests

6.7 Chapter Activities

Chapter Review I

  1. What is test anxiety? What are the three causes of test anxiety you would like to work on controlling?

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  2. When should you start studying for an exam?

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  3. Can you multitask while studying? Why or why not?

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  4. What are some of the most common distractions to your studying?

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  5. Describe the characteristics of a successful study group.

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  6. What are the two types of assessment? Which of these forms might be called the “student’s assessment”? Why?

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  7. Why would an instructor assign an open-book exam? What types of things should you pay attention to if you are taking an open-book exam?

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  8. How might you predict the kinds of questions that will be on an exam?

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  9. What should you do right after the instructor hands out the exam?

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  10. List five words to watch for in multiple-choice and true-or-false questions.

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  11. List five words to watch for in essay questions.

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  12. What forms of academic dishonesty are most prevalent on your campus? What can you do to avoid them in your own academic career?

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  13. List the five most common types of errors made on exams.

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  14. What should you do with your exam after is has been graded and returned to you?

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Chapter Review II

The following test will allow you to practice the strategies for each question type outlined in Chapter Review I:

I. Multiple-choice section (10 points)

  1. All actions on this list are examples of academic dishonesty except

To avoid running out of time on a test, you should

II. True-or-false section (10 points)

  1. ____ You should never use examples when an essay question asks you to illustrate.
  2. ____ Beds are a good place to study because they are comfortable and quiet.
  3. ____ It’s smart to schedule a specific and consistent time for studying for each course.
  4. ____ In true-or-false questions, it is safer to mark true than false if you don’t know the answer.
  5. ____ One advantage of studying in a group is that students will encourage each other to do their best work.

III. Matching column section (10 points)

____ 1. Define A. A type of formative assessment
____ 2. Study group B. To describe pros and cons and compare them
____ 3. Weekly quiz C. To describe the meaning of a word, phrase, or concept
____ 4. Discuss D. Your own personalized study guide
____ 5. Class and assignment notes E. Three or four students from a class who meet regularly to review class material and encourage each other

IV. Short answer section (15 points)

  1. List three things you should do before a test to prepare your body to perform effectively.

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  2. Name at least three of the characteristics of successful study groups.

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  3. List at least four steps you should take before you start writing the answer to an essay question.

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V. Essay section (Choose one; 55 points)

  1. Compare and contrast effective studying and cramming.
  2. Discuss academic dishonesty and its consequences.

Make an Action List

Two things I will do to… Actions By when I expect to take each action How I will know I accomplished each action
Reduce my testing anxiety 1.
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Improve my study effectiveness 1.
2.
Improve my performance on exams 1.
2.

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