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How to Ace Tests Day Two Self-Evaluation Evaluate your present skills in preparing for and taking essay tests. Put a check mark beside each of the following steps that you already practice. Then put a check mark beside those steps that you plan to practice. Leave a space blank if you do not plan to follow a particular point. Do Now Plan to Do 1. List ten or so probable questions. __________ ___________ 2. Prepare a good outline answer for each question and memorize the outline. __________ ___________ 3. Look at the exam carefully and a. Read all the questions __________ ___________ b. Note direction words __________ ___________ c. Start with the easiest items __________ ___________ 4. Outline answer before writing. __________ ___________ 5. Write a well-organized answer by a. Having a main idea sentence. __________ ___________ b. Using connecting signal words __________ ___________ c. Writing complete sentences __________ ___________ d. Proofreading paper for Omitted words __________ ___________ Misspellings __________ ___________ Unclear phrasing __________ ___________ Correct punctuation __________ ___________ Learning Lab – Master Student Workshop Page 1
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Key Words for Essay Exams The following words are commonly found in essay tests. Understanding them is essential to success on these tests. A sample essay question for each key word is also provided. Analyze – Break into separate parts and discuss, examine, or interpret each part. Analyze the effects of acid rain on a freshwater lake. Compare – Examine two or more things. Identify similarities and differences. Compare the political systems of England and France. Contrast – Show differences. Set in opposition. Contrast the music of Beethoven and Bach. Criticize – Make judgments. Evaluate comparative worth. This often involves analysis. Criticize the efforts of law enforcement to catch the sniper. Define – Give the meaning, usually a meaning specific to a subject. Definitions are usually short. Define serendipity. Describe – Give a detailed account. Make a picture with words. List characteristics, qualities, and parts. Describe a favorite restaurant. Discuss – Consider and debate the pros and cons of an issue. Write about any conflict. Compare and contrast. Discuss the ethical issues of cloning. Enumerate – List several ideas, aspects, events, things, qualities, reasons, etc. Enumerate the steps to prepare for a test. Evaluate – Give your opinion or cite the opinions of experts. Include evidence to support the evaluation. Evaluate the argument for the legalization of marijuana. Explain – Make an idea clear. Show logically how an idea is developed. Explain the forces that shaped the U.S. Constitution. Illustrate
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2011 for the course LEARNING L 110 taught by Professor Afrancis during the Spring '11 term at Community College of Philadelphia.

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