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4 Test-Taking Techniques Teachers Can Learn in 10 Minutes

Chalk Talk #54

Success on the ACT starts in the classroom. By learning test-taking techniques and implementing them into the classroom, educators can equip students with the strategies they need to succeed come test day.

However, we know you’re logging long hours grading assignments and planning lessons, so you’re probably not looking for another “thing” to add to your already hectic schedule.

That’s why we’ve created this video specifically for you. By teaching your students these 4 test-taking techniques, you can help them score higher on the ACT. How much higher? On average, our students have seen an increase of 3–5 points by simply mastering the basic concepts found in this video:

To recap, the 4 test-taking techniques are:

  1. Leave No Blank Answers: There is no penalty for guessing. Students should never leave any answers blank. One way to train students to not do this is by not accepting tests or quizzes that have blanks.

  2. Mark and Move: Skipping a question can cause transcription errors or lead to a blind guess—the worst kind of guess. Students should always mark their best guess before moving on.

  3. All in the Timing: The ACT is a speeded test meaning students’ speed determines how well they will do. Students who don’t understand the test’s time limits or recommended pacing are at a disadvantage.

  4. Don’t Charlie Out: When students get near the end of the test and are almost out of time, they may choose to “Charlie Out”. This refers to choosing C or H for every question towards the back of the test, but recent analysis shows that C and H are the worst random guesses to make towards the end of each test section.

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