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EOG Strategies and Tips for Students

EOG Strategies and Tips for Students



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EOG Strategies and Tips for Students
Monday, May 5- Reading Directions and Questions
1.Read the directions carefully. Look for words like all, none, and except. These canthrow you off.2.Understand what the question is asking before trying to complete the answer. If you don’t understand the question, chances are you’ll answer the wrong question.3.Use your test booklets to help you! Circle and underline words in the question odirections that help you to answer the question. Write in your test booklets.4.Read each question and answer carefully. If you don’t understand something, readit again.
Tuesday, May 6- Marking Answers on the Answer Sheet
1.Check periodically (every five answers and at the bottom of each row) to see thatitem numbers and answer numbers match.2.Use a piece of paper lined up under each row on the answer sheet. This willensure you are on the correct number and not accidentally skipping a line.3.If a question is skipped, also skip the answer.4.Put a light mark next to skipped items on the booklet and the answer sheet. Thiswill remind you to go back and answer those questions.5.Don’t erase mistakes too hard, and don’t redraw erased circles. This may causeholes in the answer sheet and make it hard to score.6.Watch for stray marks on the answer sheet. These can be picked up by thecomputer as the answers and cause you to miss questions you should not miss.7.The computer will count your answer incorrect if two circles have pencil marks inthem.
Wednesday, May 7- Multiple Choice Questions
1.Read each item completely and all of the answer choices before choosing ananswer.2.There are usually a couple of choices that sound correct; don’t be tempted to mark the first one that sounds good.
3.Check back over your answers at the end of testing. Sometimes, you can makesilly mistakes, and you’ll catch them when you look back over your answers.Check your work!4.Students miss the easy questions as often as the hard question because they do notread the questions carefully. The questions all count the same. Be sure to get theeasier and more difficult ones correct!5.Make sure you answer every question. If you don’t, you are guaranteed to bewrong.6.Read all of the answer choices before answering. One of the choices mightinclude more than one answer. For example: both A and B.
Thursday, May 8- Eliminating the Wrong Answers
1.Test booklets with a large number of elimination marks receive higher marks thanthose with few or none. Use the process of elimination to help you have a higher score. Cross out wrong answer choices as soon as they are read. Pick your answer from the remaining options. If you eliminate two answers as being incorrect, youhave a 50 /50 chance of getting the right answer.2.Make logical and reasonable guesses—perhaps the choice with the mostinformation provided. If you don’t know the answer completely, use the partialknowledge you have about the question and answers to help you.3.A couple of the answer choices usually look like they could be correct. Choosethe best answer.
Friday, May 9- Time Management
1.Focus on one question at a time; avoid looking ahead at other questions. This canmake you feel overwhelmed.2.Try not to feel rushed and anxious. If you begin to think about all you have tofinish in an amount of time, it can make you feel too stressed and make it hard tofocus on what you are doing. As long as you don’t waste your time, you will have plenty of time to complete the test.3.Don’t worry about other people in the room. We all work at a different pace, andfinishing first does not make you do better.4.Keep moving through the test. Skip questions that are giving you trouble. Whenyou finish, go back and retry any skipped questions. Don’t spend too much timewrestling with one question.
Monday, May 12- Reading
1.You can read through all of the questions in a selection before reading the text.This gives you an idea of what to look for in your reading. Be sure to still read thetext carefully. Don’t just look for the answers. Lots of times, the questions ask overall concepts, and you have to infer the answers.2.Underline and circle important parts of a passage as you are reading. Write ideasand comments to yourself in the margins about what is happening in the story.3.Be sure to read all information including graphs, charts, pictures, and captions.Some questions will pull information from this part of the text.4.Try to relate the passage to something you have done or know about. Make aconnection.5.Read the title and predict what you think the passage will be about. Make a prediction.6.It is imperative to look back and find a piece of proof in the passage to supportyour answer.7.Number the paragraphs as you read. This will help you to refer back to certain passages.8.Use context clues to help you decipher unfamiliar words. Read the sentence before and after the word to help define it. Replace the word with the definitions provided. If it makes sense, it’s probably the correct choice.9.Base your answers only on what is in the passage and not some outsideknowledge.
Tuesday, May 13- Math
1.If you are having difficulty with a problem, draw a picture or diagram to help you.If a figure or diagram is provided, mark it up to help you solve the problem.2.Use formulas provided for you. Be familiar with formulas needed whether theyare provided or not. If no formula is provided, write one on the page frommemory. If one is provided, use it to help you solve the problem.3.Check your work. Test writers will include answers that look like they could beright if you read the question incorrectly. Double check everything!4.Use all materials provided for you to help with your answers. Use your calculator,extra paper, figures, drawings, etc….5.Read each problem carefully and think about ways to solve the problem beforeyou try to answer the question.6.When you have finished each problem, reread it to make sure your answer isreasonable.

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