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Test Taking Strategies

Tips for working through questions:

  • It is not advisable to spend too much time on any one question. Pace yourself by keeping an eye on the timer e.g. by the time 90 minutes have passed, you should have completed 50 questions
  • Use the erasable board or scratch pad to work out formulas and problems
  • Read the stimulus material for a unit several times before starting the questions. Use the 'highlight' function to focus on important parts of text in the stimulus material
  • Read through all the alternative answers to a question, even if you think the first one is correct, before marking your chosen response. See if there are any options you can discard immediately because they are obviously wrong. Use the 'strikeout' function to cross out options you know to be wrong when deciding on your answer
  • Use the 'review' button to flag questions you would like to return to later
  • If you think you know the answer to a question, mark it, even if you are not certain. Go on to the next question and come back later if you have time. This will prevent you from getting your answers out of sequence with the actual questions, and will give you some chance if you run out of time - Use Review.
  • Be careful not to spend too much time using your bilingual dictionary to look up the translation of every word that you are uncertain about.

Points to note

  • You may do draft work on the erasable board or scratch pad provided. These are collected by the supervisor at the end of the test.
  • All questions have the same value. It is recommended that you attempt as many questions as possible in order to maximise your score.
  • No marks will be deducted for a wrong answer.

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