Educating for Excellence
Massillon City Schools
Test Taking Tips
Before the Test
  • Get a good night's rest
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Bring materials you will need
  • Sharpen pencils prior to the test

Approach the test with CONFIDENCE
View the test as an opportunity to show how much you know

During the Test

  • Don't let yourself become anxious
  • Take a deep breath to relax.
  • Pace yourself
  • Mark the answer sheet very carefully. Stray pencil marks can be picked up by the computer, causing the wrong answer to be recorded.

Types of Questions

Multiple Choice

  • You have to choose which ending or answer is correct!
  • If you know the correct answer, carefully mark it and go to the next question.
  • When you are uncertain eliminate the choices you know are wrong

Additional Tips

  • Look for key words!
  • Don't go against your first impulse unless you are SURE you were wrong!
  • Don't eliminate answers unless you actually know what every word means!

Essay Questions/Writing Prompts

  • Before you Begin Writing:
  • Really look at the question/prompt. Are you sure you know what it is asking?
  • Think about what you are going to say, then make a web.
  • Write your answer in complete sentences.
  • State things are clearly as you can.
  • Write LEGIBLY! If the person grading the test can't read what you wrote they may mark it wrong.

What about MATH?

  • Check you math answers for careless mistakes.
  • Your first choice is usually correct; don't change answers unless you are sure of the correction.

When you have completed the test

  • Use extra time to make sure you answered all the questions.
  • Go over the more difficult questions and read them a second time.
  • Read Essays/prompts for accuracy first and grammar second.

Don't let others distract you!

Stay focused! If others finish before you, don't panic, use your time wisely.

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930 17th Street NE
Massillon, Ohio 44646
Phone: 330-830-3900
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