Test Taking and Study Skills


ACEA offers a testing program based on the Michigan Merit Curriculum.

Typical assessments taken by ACEA students include:

9th grade:      MEAP Social Studies
11th grade:    MME (this combines the ACT and the Michigan Merit                      curriculum assessments)
                     ASVAB (optional) an assessment to look at military                      and career options.
12th grade:   ACT retakes (optional)


Initial: March 1 - March 3, 2011
Make Up: March 15 - March 17, 2010

For more information, to register for the ACT or to find ACT test prep help, go to http://www.actstudent.org/regist/index.html

Test-Taking Advice

Try out these strategies while you're still in high school, and by the time you get to college, you'll be a test-taking expert.

Before the Test

  • Eat well. Studies show that you need good nutrition to concentrate and perform your best.
  • Bring the right supplies. Bring your pencils, erasers, pens, rulers, compasses, calculators or whatever else you need on test day.
  • Review the whole test before you start. See how many sections and what types of questions are on the test. Determine how much time to allow for completing each section.
  • Jot down your first thoughts. During your first scan of the test, make quick notes about your thoughts. For example, you may want to outline your answers to written-response and essay questions right away.

During the Test

  • Read the directions. Itís important that you follow the instructions exactly. For example, some questions may have more than one correct answer.
  • Answer easy questions first. Doing this can jog your memory about useful facts. You may also come across information that can help you with other questions.
  • Answer every question. Unless there is a penalty for wrong answers, try to answer every question; you may be able to get partial credit for those you begin but donít complete correctly.
  • Ask questions. If a question isn't clear, talk to your teacher. If that's not possible, explain your answer in the margin.
  • Identify key words. This helps you focus on the main idea of challenging questions.
  • Rephrase difficult questions. To understand questions better, rewrite them in your own words. Be careful not to change the meaning.
  • Organize your thoughts before you write. Take time to organize your responses to short-answer and essay questions. You'll reduce the time you need to revise.
  • Write neatly. Be sure you don't lose points on answers the teacher can't read.
  • Use all the time you're given. If you finish early, don't leave. Use the extra time to proofread and review your answers.
Test taking tips taken from: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/plan/boost-your-skills/10296.html

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