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Test Taking Errors to Avoid

  1. Misread the directions.

    Causes:
    • Failure to read directions.
    • Ignoring the directions.
    • Not reading the directions carefully.
    • Not understanding the directions.

    To avoid these errors:
    • Read all directions on the test carefully.
    • Follow the directions after you have read them.
    • When doing homework and practice tests, note the directions (ie. "solve," "simplify," "evaluate," "factor," etc.) and know the procedures that these directions are asking you to do.

  2. Careless errors.

    Causes:

    To avoid these errors:

  3. Concept errors.

    Causes:
    To avoid these errors:
    • Learn all the material well before the test.
    • Study examples from the textbook, class notes and homework.
    • Take all practice tests in the textbook and from your instructor.
    • Create your own practice test.
  4. Application errors.

    Causes:

    To avoid these errors:

  5. Test-taking errors.

    Causes:
    • Bad test-taking habits.
    • Inefficient use of time on a test.
    • Not completing a problem to the last step.
    • Doubting yourself and changing correct answers to incorrect answers.
    • Spending too much time on one problem.
    • Rushing through the test.
    • Miscopying the question or steps in your work.
    • Leaving answers blank.
    • Calculator errors.
    • Leaving a test early.

    To avoid these errors:

  6. Study errors.

    Causes:

    To avoid these errors:



(adopted from Winning At Math by Paul Nolting.)


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last update: 9/30/06