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How to Study for Standardized Tests

ISBN-10: 076377362X

ISBN-13: 9780763773625

Edition: 2013 (Revised)

Authors: Donald Sefcik, Frank Prerost, Gillian Bice

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How to Study for Standardized Examinations is a great tool for healthcare students preparing to take their national boards. It may also be useful to a practitioner studying for a recertification exam if they need a refresher on test-taking strategies.This review guide combines a content-based (facts) approach used by many board-review textbooks with a context-based (application) approach to studying, learning and performing on national board examinations. Readers will develop and/or expand their self-efficacy (an evidence-based and widely reported skill required to excel academically) and improve efficiency as they position themselves to obtain maximal scores on their national boards. This text should be read before studying, especially for those students who have trouble with test-taking and need additional strategic support. How to Study for Standardized Examinations expands upon the test-taking strategies that are needed to really excel on exams and includes two multiple-choice practice exams with feedback. The exams are general basic science and medicine questions applicable to all health care students. This text is a valuable study resource for students and practitioners who have a difficult time taking tests.
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Book details

List price: $54.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC
Publication date: 3/6/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Reviewers
About the Authors
Roadmap of This Book
Introduction
Preparing for Your Test (Developing Test-Wiseness)
Understanding Your Opponent (The Test)
You Need a Game Plan!
How Do Elite Athletes Prepare for a Sporting Event?
Standardized Tests
There is No Such Thing as a "Poor Standardized Test-Taker"
Teacher-Generated Tests versus Standardized Tests
Test Validity and Reliability
How Are Standardized Tests Scored?
How Do Pilot Items Impact Your Final Reported Score?
Summary
Chapter 1 Activity
Test-Wiseness
How Can You Give Yourself the Best Possible Chance to Answer Tough Test Questions?
What Is Test-Wiseness? How Can You Become a Test-Wise Individual?
How Can You Find Out What Will Be On the Test?
Summary
Chapter 2 Activity
Test Blueprints
How Are Tests Constructed? Why is This Information Important to You?
Section I Summary and Next Steps
Chapter 3 Activity
Developing Your T.E.A.M.S
It's Not Just About the Test; It's About You Too!
Your Will
Human Agency
Recommendation #1�Believe You Are Capable of Obtaining a High Score
Why is it Useful for You to Be Aware of Your Self-Efficacy Beliefs?
What is the Optimal Level of Self-Efficacy?
Recommendation #2�Take Responsibility for the Outcome of the Exam
Why Should the Concept of Locus of Control Matter to You?
Recommendation #3�Develop and Maintain a Positive Attitude
Summary
Chapter 4 Activity
Your Resources
Personality and Preferences Affect Learning
What Does This Mean For You?
Selecting Your Best Study Resources
Summary
Chapter 5 Activity
Your Time
Habitual versus Goal-Directed Behaviors
Time Management�The Tools of the Trade
Planning
Prioritizing
Scheduling
How Much Time Should You Spend Studying for an Exam?
What Should My Study Schedule Look Like?
Overcoming Barriers to Accomplishment
Maintaining a Healthy Balance
Summary
Section II Summary and Next Steps
Chapter 6 Activity
Practicing Your Skills
Learning to Perform
How Does Memory Work and Why Does It Matter?
Pay Attention!
Study to Improve Recall
Revisiting Study Resources with Memory in Mind
Summary
Chapter 7 Activity
From Tactics to Strategy
Self-Regulation Through Metacognition
Learn to Get and Use Feedback
Summary
Chapter 8 Activity
Performance Enhancers
Reading Skills
Self-Testing Techniques
Writing Your Own Test Questions
Practicing Using Prepared Question-and-Answer (Q&A) Resources
Group Studying
Summary
Section III Summary and Next Steps
Chapter 9 Activity A
Chapter 9 Activity B
Chapter 9 Activity C
Taking Your Test (Applying Test-Taking Skills)
Executing Your Game Plan (Test Day)
It's Time to Show What You Know!
Managing the Time Clock
Working in a Timed Environment: Keys to Success
Summary
Chapter 10 Activity
Maximizing Your Points
How Can You Improve Your Test-Taking Skills?
Under What Conditions Should You Change Your Answer?
Summary
Chapter 11 Activity
Minimizing Test Anxiety
Recognizing the Signs and Effects of Test Anxiety
Understanding the Mechanisms Underlying Test Anxiety
Overcoming Test Anxiety Through Interventions
Testing as an Aversive Stimulus: Interventions
Skills Deficit and Self-Merit: Interventions
Cognitive Interference: Interventions
Distorted Thinking: Interventions
Trait Anxiety: Interventions
Summary
Section IV Summary and Next Steps
Chapter 12 Activity
Epilogue: Executive Summary of Book
Exercise 3
Exercise 3A
Standardized Test Websites
Essay Questions: A Game Plan
The Basics
How Are Essays Graded?
Avoid Common and Careless Errors
References
References
Index