I get extremely nervous when I take a test.
I have difficulty completing tests on time.
I don’t read directions or questions carefully.
I have difficulty understanding multiple choice questions.
I have difficulty with true/false tests.
I have difficulty with essay tests.
During a test, I have difficulty remembering what I studied.
PIRATES Test-Taking Strategy
An integral part of this strategy is the active role the students take while engaging in the test. It is empowering for students who are test-phobic and/or low achieving. Quick and obvious gains can be expected as students learn this strategy.
Prepare to succeed
Put your name and PIRATES on the test
Allot time and order to sections
Start within two minutes
Inspect the instructions
Read instructions carefully
Underline what to do and where to respond
Notice special requirements
Read, Remember and Reduce
Read the whole question
Remember what you studied
Reduce the choices
Answer or abandon
Answer the question or abandon the question for the moment
Choose the longest or most detailed choice
Eliminate similar choices
Survey to ensure all questions are answered
Switch an answer only if you’re sure
Source: Hughes, C., Schumaker, J., Deshler, D., & Mercer, C. (2005).