The wise test taker does the following:
1) answers easy questions first;
2) uses appropriate guessing strategies;
3) eliminates wrong answers on tough questions;
4) uses external information;
5) rereads the question;
6) uses deductive reasoning; and
7) looks for similarities in wording and phrasing.
For the most part, standardized tests are reading tests with specialized vocabulary. The wise test-taker familiarizes himself with all subject specific vocabulary. For most standardized math tests, formulas are provided. Make sure students understand how and when to use each formula.
Teach students to guess intelligently. An intelligent guesser does the following:
1) eliminates one or two answer choices, if possible;
2) uses guessing as a last resort;
3) always flags, circles, or stars the guessed answer as a reminder to review carefully;
4) is especially alert to negatives and absolutes.
When guessing, keep in mind the most likely correct answer is:
1) the most complete statement;
2) “all of the above";
3) the longest choice;
4) one of two opposites;
5) the most general statement;
6) answers in the middle.