Taking Tests – Part 1

Hi. I’m Denise. Today I’m going to talk to you about taking tests and different ways of answering test questions. I’ll show you some different test question styles, and I’ll show you a couple of answer sheets and talk about how to …

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go about answering the questions. The biggest piece of advice I can give you or the most important piece of advice that I’d like to give you is to follow the instructions. I have seen students many times answering tests incorrectly because they didn’t follow the instructions, and then they got the answers wrong not because they didn’t know the material or because they didn’t know the answer but simply because they did not answer it correctly. They did not follow the instructions correctly. They may have underlined something when they were supposed to circle something, or they may have written the abbreviation of something when they were supposed to write out a complete word, and there are many other ways that I have seen students get test answers wrong because they simply did not follow the instructions. So, again, the most important piece of advice that I’d like to give you is to follow the instructions carefully. Often we say to follow the directions. Directions and instructions are synonyms, so we use both words. Okay? Let’s go.

Okay. The first style that I want to look at and talk about is multiple choice. Multiple choice means that you have many choices given to you, and you simply select the correct answer. So, in this first one that we have here, the instructions say to circle the letter of the correct answer. The question is “Where is the United States?” and we have three answers. The first one, ‘a. in South America,’ the second one says ‘b. in Asia’ and the third one ‘c. in North America.’ So remember what the instructions said. They said circle the letter of the correct answer. Okay, so I would circle c which is North America.

Number 2, “Where is Japan?” The same answer choices. There’s “Where is Japan?” In South America, in Asia, or in North America. So, again, I just circle the correct, the letter of the correct answer.

But the next question type is also multiple choice except that the directions are different this time. The directions say, “Write the letter of the answer on the line provided.” So this time, we are not to circle the answer. We are to write the answer on the line. If you don’t write it on the line, the teacher may not see your answer, or whoever’s correcting your paper may not see your answer because they may just when they’re correcting, they may just go down this column and look at all the answers on this line. If you don’t have your answer there, they’re going to mark it wrong. So, in this case, do not circle the answer, a, b, or c, but write the answer on the line. So, my answer is c. I’ll write it on the line. In number 2 my answer is b. Whenever you write letters or anything at all, be sure that you write clearly. If I do not write this c carefully, it may look like an a, and my answer would be wrong. If I wrote it, I closed my c too much, it would look like that. The teacher will not know what your answer is, whether you’re marking a or b, so always be very careful. Okay, so those two were both multiple choice.

The next one I have here is also multiple choice. This time it says, “Circle the word which belongs in the blank.” Okay, so this time we have a blank. I have the children blank playing. I’m supposed to circle the word which belongs in the blank. So I have a blank, but the instructions do not say write the letter on the blank. The instructions say to circle the word. So I actually have to circle it. Is it is, do, or are? Okay, and my answer is are, so I’ll circle c and I can include the letter in there, but I do have to circle it. Okay? Even though there’s a blank, the instructions do not say write my answer on the blank. The instructions say to circle the answer. So, again, always be sure that you do follow the instructions.


Have some fun! Try these puzzles.

Puzzle #1 is usually easier than puzzle #2, but try all of them and decide for yourself!

All of the puzzles use words from the video. Feel free to print and copy the puzzles.


Taking Tests – Part 1 Crossword Puzzle #1

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Taking Tests – Part 1 Crossword Puzzle #2

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Taking Tests – Part 1 Word Search Puzzle #1

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Taking Tests – Part 1 Word Search Puzzle #2

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Taking Tests – Part 1 Word Scramble Puzzle #1

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Taking Tests – Part 1 Word Scramble Puzzle #2

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