The following is a survival guide for PARCC, NWEA, and other assessments:
There are many ineffective testing tips that adolescents use before and during tests. Little do they know that their tips and tricks are actually hurting their performance on assessments. There are precautions you can take to prevent this from happening to YOU! According to Utah State University, Penn State Learning, and Time Magazine, these are the tips that you can use to conquer your test taking terrors.
Before the Test:
The week before the test, get your hands on a practice test to familiarize yourself with the material that you will face during the actual test.
Get at least 9 hours of sleep, and eat a healthy breakfast. Most recommended is a breakfast full protein and whole grains such as, eggs, oatmeal, and toast.
Don’t study the night before or the morning of the test. You’ll be more prone to forgetting the information.
Get to your destination early. Early is on time and on time is late.
Do not doubt yourself. Stay positive. :)
During the Test:
Use a scrap piece of paper for mind mapping, especially if you are a visual learner. Make sure to ask if you can use paper first!
Ignore students that finish earlier than you. Those students tend to get lower scores than those who take their time.
(Re)read directions carefully. You might catch some details you didn’t notice.
The opposite options are usually the correct answers. For example, if the answer choices provided are -20, +20, -5, and 13, the opposite answers may be correct.
Read the question, cover the options, think of your own answer, and then select an answer. If the answer is not there, reread the question and rethink your answer. If you still get the same solution, choose the closest option to yours.
Do not hover over questions you are not sure of, move on to the next ones, then come back to the ones you left empty, the answer might just come to you.
Establish the amount of time that you will spend per problem (divide your time by the amount of problems). Do this before the test, so you won’t lose time. If you do not know how many problems are on the test, set a logical amount of time that you will spend per problem.
The option “none of the above” is seldom correct, and “all of the above” is correct most of the times, especially if all the answers are specific.
We hope these tips and tricks gave you more confidence in your test preparation abilities. Here are the links of the sources used to write this article. Good luck!
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Too dependent on Technology? By: Ricky C. & Angel R.
Ricky- In the debate topic of “Are humans TOO dependent on technology”, I believe that humans ARE too dependent on technology. The reason why is because in my own personal experience and my own life, I have seen that I use technology for almost everything I do! For example, adding or subtracting large numbers for math. Instead of using the paper, pencil, and my brain in front of me, I use a calculator. To add on we use, huge machines and technology to create cars and a crockpot to make cooking easier. This type of usage of technology to make our life easier, shows a bright stage light towards us humans for being TOO dependent on technology. The reason why we are too dependent on technology is because technology has all the answers. With technology having the power to know all the answers, us as humans have a lot of questions. This shows that us humans are always running to technology for any correct answer than actual written books! Not only do us humans need answers, but we also want an easier life style. Machines replace jobs that are suitable for humans, in order to create products in a faster way and reduce the amount of mistakes that are made from human, when creating the product. This machinery/technology is reducing the amount of jobs that are available for us humans, so are we so dependent on technology that we will let it take over our jobs? Do we need technology for EVERYTHING we do? My response to these questions is no. Humans are too dependent on technology. If you take a step back, you will notice how many times you use your phone for things. For example, people use their phone to wake up, they use their phone in their car,*never do that*, even on the toilet. If anyone would like to say that humans are not too dependent on technology, I challenge you to do this. Every time you are on a device or if you are on technology, put a stopwatch to see how many minutes you spend using technology in one week. One week is all it takes to see how many minutes (even hours) you spend on technology. Once finishing that challenge, out of 10080 minutes how many minutes did you spend on technology? The results of this challenge will show you that humans are so dependent on technology, even for a stopwatch.
Angel- Everyday, in offices, sounds of keyboards clicking, and phones ringing. Many people are working on computers, using technology in their lives. In the debate topic of “Are humans TOO dependent on technology,” I believe that humans ARE NOT THAT DEPENDENT on technology. The reason why is because in my life and basically mostly everyone’s life, we “all” work with technology. There has to be at least one point in everyone’s life where they have used technology. The world uses technology everyday to work and research. Technology just help us in our everyday lives. Let’s take this debate over to the lives of many students. In almost every students’ life, they use technology, like computers, laptops, or even robots. Students use this type of technology to help them with school work, homework, and any other assignments we might have. We invented technology for great use, not for it to just take control of us. Without technology, many things we use in our everyday life does not exist, such as cars, machinery in factories. We keep on creating new types of technology for posterity and for us. That is why we are not too dependent on technology. What do you think?!