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Analyzing Past Tests
You can help yourself to
perform better on tests by analyzing your strengths and weaknesses as a test-taker.
To analyze your past tests,
you can ask the questions found below. The printable form for analyzing
past tests is a visual that may not be appropriate for students with visual
disabilities. A link is provided, however, so that you may evaluate the value
of this strategy for your own use.
Questions to help you analyze the results of past tests:
- Consider how you prepared
for the test including: how many hours you studied, the way you reviewed the
material on the test, which material you may have omitted from your study,
etc. Be as specific and honest as possible in describing the way you studied
(or didn't study).
- Look at the questions
- How many points
were taken off for each?
- What kinds of questions
did you miss most often: multiple choice, matching, fill-ins, problem-solving,
- Did you run out
of time or didn't you know the answers?
- What do you think
was the reason that you got each question wrong?
- Look for patterns.
- Which questions
were worth the most points?
- What kinds of questions
were most difficult?
- What can you do
to improve on your next test?
- How can make sure
you get more of the high value questions correct next time?
- Ask yourself what you
still don't understand about the test or test question(s) that you answered
- Did you have difficulty
understanding the instructor's comments?
- Write down any questions
that you need to ask your instructor.
- If you have questions
for the professor, or want to clarify how you can improve in your next
test, make an appointment to discuss these issues.
- Make a list of the things
that you need to do to be more successful in your next test. Ask questions
- How can I make sure
I understand the material?
- Do I need to manage
my time better so I can spend more time studying?
- How can I determine
what is important to study?
- How should I prepare
for the test?
- What strategies
should I use while taking the test?
- Look at tests from other
courses and see if there is a pattern. What can you learn from your successes
- If you see that you
have difficulty with a particular kind of test question, such as essay questions,
learn more about test taking strategies. You might
want to consider enrolling in a Study
Skills Course, or seek assistance at the Tutoring
Adapted from: The College Learner:
How to Survive and Thrive in an Academic Environment, by Mary Renck Jalong,
Meghan Mahoney Twiest, and Gail J. Gerlack with Diane H. Skoner. Englewood Cliffs:
Merill/Prentice Hall. 1996
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