Reading & Math Test Taking Tips
BEFORE THE TEST:
1. Get a good night’s sleep. Be in bed by 9pm.
2. Eat a good breakfast.
3. Dress in comfortable clothing. No pajamas!
1. Answer every question.
2. Highlight important facts and details.
3. Read the questions carefully and know what it is asking you. Underline key words in the question.
4. Reread your answer and your question before moving on.
5. If you get stuck on a question, skip it and come back to it later. (Circle it in your test booklet to find it easily).
6. You may write and highlight on your test booklet. Do it! Be sure to write all answers in the answer booklet.
7. If you need to erase an answer, be sure you erase it completely.
8. Choose the BEST answer to the question.
9. Stay focused and concentrate on the test.
10. Take your time and do not rush.
11. DO YOUR BEST!
Reading Test Only:
1. Preview the questions before you read the selection.
2. When reading, make a mental picture in your mind.
3. Use context clues to help you understand words you don’t know. Use your knowledge of prefixes, suffixes, and root words to figure out the meaning of unknown words.
4. Read every picture, caption, map, inset box, word bank, etc. and use them to answer relevant questions.
5. Read the title and headings. The title of the selection is the topic of the entire selection. The headings tell you about the topic of each individual section. The title and headings should help you determine the main idea.
6. When looking back to the reading selection for an answer, scan it for key words and what you highlighted.
7. Base your answers on information in the selection.
1. Do not write any answer outside of the given grid. Whatever is written outside of the grid will not count.
1. Eliminate “dummy” answers and narrow it down to two possibilities.
2. Run your finger down the answer booklet to make sure each box is colored in. Do not leave any blanks. Do not choose more than one answer.
3. Completely color in the circle provided to you in the answer booklet.
4. When answering vocabulary questions, plug in each answer choice in the sentence to see if it makes sense.
1. Reread what you wrote. Does it make sense? Did you answer every part of the question?
2. Refer to the story to support your answer.
3. When writing a summary, include all important points and very little unnecessary detail. Write at least three sentences.
4. Fully restate the question and write in complete sentences.
5. Use correct spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.
6. Write neatly and legibly.
Other things to remember:
Helpful Reading Hints-
Theme—general idea of the story; the lesson or moral the selection is trying to teach you; it is very general and is not specific to only one particular story. Think about the story as a whole and the underlying message.
Fact—can be checked for accuracy
Opinion—what someone thinks or believes; if you can disagree with it, it is an opinion
Figurative language (similes, metaphors, personification) and sensory language (describes touch, taste, smell, sight, sound) provides imagery, or a vivid picture.
When poets use repetition, they do it to EMPHASIZE their point, or main idea.