Test Taking Tips"The Harder You Work, The Smarter You Get!!!"Reading Strategies-Encourage your child to always "READ, READ, READ"the selection-(article, passage or story) two or more times-- Read every word in the selection and pay special attention to BOLD or italic print.
Main Idea - Examine the question for key words and phrases such as main idea, subject, theme, lesson, as a whole, in general, mostly, or for the most part.
- Rule out any answers that are obviously incorrect.-Remember that a question about the main idea can be asked in many different ways. It might ask for the main idea, for the theme, or for another title for the selection. It might ask what lesson is being taught or what the selection is mostly about.
Supporting Details - (Scan, Scan, Scan) - Move your eyes quickly over the page to find the information you need.
- Pick out a key word or words from the question.- Try to find the key word in the selection.- Read the sentences close to the key word to find the answer.Cause and Effect- The sequence of events will often, but not always, be told in order in the selection.
- Look for key words like first, next, then, later, before, after, last, and finally, both in the selection and in the questions.
-Look for dates and times in a selection.- Other words that might alert you to cause-and-effect relationships are cause, because, effect, why, reason, therefore, as a result, so, due to factors, responsible, contribute, and produce.Sequence-Remember that a sequence of events will often, but not always, be told in order in the selection.
Look for key words like first, next, then, later, before, after, last, and finally, both in the selection and in the questions.
Look for dates and times in a selection.Look for key words, such as cause, because, effect, why, reason, therefore, as a result, so, due to, factors, responsible, contribute, and produce.Prediction-Always base your inferences and predictions on facts from the reading and from your own knowledge.-Try to rule out as many wrong answers as possible.More Winning Test Strategies - (Multiple-Choice)-Decide what you think the answer is before looking at the answer.-Rule out obviously wrong answers first.-If you are not sure about the right answer, take your best guess butnever leave an answer blank.
Choose the BEST answer to the question.
-Watch out for words in directions like not or except. (Example: Which of the following statements is not true?)
-Pay attention to any words or phrases in directions or answers that tell how many, such as all, many, most, some, none, or a few. (Example: All monkeys can use their tails to hang from branches.)*The testing strategies used above were taken from:"Aim Higher!" Reading ComprehensionGreat Source Education GroupA Houghton Mifflin Company