I know that one of the most stressful times for students is test taking days. When you say “math test” you can almost see the terror in the eyes of most of the students. I have spent some time thinking about why that might be. Students read a book in an English class and feel comfortable answering some question. On the other hand, they learn a concept such as graphing lines, and all of a sudden feel like there is no way that they can answer any questions. This fear and anxiety triples as students think about standardized tests such as the AP Exam, SAT, and ACT.
After really thinking about this in my years of teaching I decided that math is a pretty black and white subject. Students either get the question right or wrong and that scares them. They can interpret a book, but either you graphed the line correctly, or you didn’t.
There are a couple of test taking strategies that I have often shared with students.
1. Go through old exams, quizzes and homework.
2. Identify your weak areas and work on those first.
3. Eat a good breakfast the day of the test.
4. RELAX!!!!!!! It is one of many tests you will be taking throughout your life.
5. Glance over the test when you get it and come up with a quick plan.
6. Manage your time. Don’t spend too much time on any one question.
7. Read the questions very carefully. If you don’t understand the directions, ASK!!!
8. If you don’t know a question, then skip it. Do not dwell on it.
9. Did I mention relax!!!!
I also found some good websites to visit with test taking strategies. The following are general test taking strategies for math tests:
The following website is geared towards the AP Exam:
AP Test Taking
The following are geared towards the ACT and SAT Exams:
See you all next week.