View Full Version : i'm bad test-taker
February 2nd, 2013, 06:55 PM
How good are you at testing, in comparison to everyday life?
What's your favorite type of test? (eg multiple choice, short answer, short essay, essay, oral, all that good stuff)
February 2nd, 2013, 07:19 PM
Eh. My memory sucks, so that makes it difficult. So I'm not exactly the best at tests. x;
February 2nd, 2013, 07:26 PM
I'm horrible at test. I'll always pull my hair out of my head whenever I have to take an exam lol. My memory is so bad at retaining school stuffs.
February 2nd, 2013, 07:37 PM
I'm actually quite good at retaining information on the condition that I have not procrastinated and have spent time studying and reviewing the material that is going to be on a test beforehand. I do admit, though, that I get very antsy and nervous on tests, and I think this is my downfall when it comes to being able to finish tests on times. When I finish a test, I'm always thinking the worst in mind, like if I possibly failed it or something, when in fact I'm just overreacting. I guess you could say I have test anxiety?
My favorite type of test would have to be multiple choice, although people think that MC tests are the easiest, when in fact they can be pretty difficult. In the end, though, it all depends on how the teacher/professor formats their tests.
February 2nd, 2013, 09:23 PM
I'm great when it comes to tests but I'm terrible with everyday assignments because in my eyes, tests actually pertain to what I learned more than group work or making a poster ever would.
February 2nd, 2013, 10:39 PM
I'm okay at tests if I know the stuff. Can't just wing it.
I like multiple choice and I think timed writing tests are stupid.
February 2nd, 2013, 10:49 PM
I'm good at taking tests... in fact I'd like to have as many as possible, because I'm pretty much guaranteed to do well on them, even if I never studied or paid attention in class. For example... in my Psychology class we just had a big test, and I missed some class, never took notes or studied, and didn't read any of the book at all, when we were supposed to read several chapters. I got 98%.
That said, I struggle A LOT with doing large amounts of homework or large projects. Speeches used to be pretty much impossible too, but I think I've more or less overcome that. Oh and don't even get me started on essays. I would rather die.
February 3rd, 2013, 12:27 AM
Tests? You're looking at the dude that has never passed Chemistry in my life, along with that, my Maths tests are always cursed with careless mistakes such as putting 'plus' instead of 'divide', seeing wrong numbers and others.
My favourite would be short answer, cos I could any how do it, instead of Multiple Choice, which all look correct.
February 3rd, 2013, 02:08 AM
What's with all the maths hate V__V
I have a good memory and strong logical ability to boot so I've always been reasonable at taking tests.
February 3rd, 2013, 02:27 AM
While I don't enjoy taking tests I am pretty good at them. I do get very nervous though beforehand even if I have studied hardcore for one. My favourite kind of test would have to be multiple choice. Like a post before me mentioned, many think they're really easy but in fact they can be quite the opposite. Especially ones requiring maths to solve (chemistry, physics, mathematics), because examiners often make each optional answer very close to each other, so it's almost guaranteed if you make a slight miscalculation you'll get the question incorrect.
February 3rd, 2013, 04:13 AM
I am a bad test taker as I do not have a good memory even though I had studied
February 3rd, 2013, 04:43 PM
If it's multiple choice, I rock it. d("d) Always had high standardized tests. I went into the SAT blind and got pretty good scores, although my essay portion was crap. I also did a food safety test that was multiple-choice and got a 98%, and that's after years of not being in school and thus taking tests. /bragging
All the other kinds, I do well if I know the material. If I don't, I don't. It's really as simple as that.
February 3rd, 2013, 04:56 PM
Oh boy I am absolutely terrible at taking tests unless they are oral or an essay. In both I have more chance/freedom to explain myself.
February 4th, 2013, 05:17 AM
Multiple choice and short answer were always my game, but I've always tested very well overall. I hated essays but I always did very well in them.
I was a model student angel child etc :P
February 4th, 2013, 06:02 AM
Everytime I study I end up staring at walls for hours instead of studying so yeah not the greatest test-taker.
February 4th, 2013, 06:22 AM
I hate doing tests. I don't study until last second and I usually do well. But not always. My favorite tests to do though, are multiple choice. Otherwise I tend to suck. Oh and I'm sometimes good at essays.
February 4th, 2013, 06:34 AM
I'm okay at it, really depends on the type of exam! I'm much better at essay writing than I am at Maths. I have a pretty good memory so it's just putting what I've learned into practice.
Corvus of the Black Night
February 4th, 2013, 07:59 AM
Test taking is one of my talents. I really have no idea how I got so good at it, but I wish I could provide advice to those who aren't so good :U
February 6th, 2013, 12:18 PM
I don't think I do well in tests, but I do well enough to pass. I like multiple choice questions because I can figure the answer from what's being presented.
February 6th, 2013, 08:40 PM
I suck at test taking. I'm not sure why to be honest, it's not that I don't know the material, I just can't focus most of the time when taking them xD But as far as favorites go, I'd say multiple choice. I'd say they're easier.
February 6th, 2013, 08:56 PM
Oh, God, I have a terrible case of test anxiety. Doesn't matter what subject, I just freak out internally during an exam and it takes me a while to get my bearings. That said, I usually pass my exams.
Favorite type of test, though, is multiple choice.
February 6th, 2013, 09:02 PM
I've gotten really bad at test taking since starting college. I think most of the blame is from lack of self-esteem from a select class I've attempted twice and gotten scores <40% on, and unfortunately that's impacted my other classes, but I'm stepping up my game.
I got my first two test grades back this semester, a 90% and a 95% cx
I had one test today where I had to hand-write five pages on lined paper, my wrist hurt like hell and I got a little distracted from the pain towards the end of the exam so I know I didn't put as much into it, so I'm guessing that one is in the B range.
The entire time I was literally thinking, 'why can't I just type this, why can't I just type this' lol :/
February 6th, 2013, 10:15 PM
I am awful at testing. I can study all night or even all week (which I have done twice last semester btw) and the information will still fall out of my brain come test time. I really can't stand when teachers say that certain things will be on the test, and they're not. :/ Or when they give you a study guide and then there are questions on the test from things that you never went over in class, which happened today on my intro to theatre test. And it wasn't just me. I walked out with a few people and all of us were just like, "We never talked about any of that stuff on page 2, did we?" "Nope..."
It's seriously a big pet peeve of mine. You shouldn't screw around with your students like that, especially when it comes to college courses and it's a class like my intro to theatre class. For one thing, it's irrelevant to my major. Second, it's one of those throw away courses for an art credit. You think they'd be more lenient knowing most if not all the people in that class are only there because of the silly American education system requiring them to have these random credits they don't need. Pre-cal for elementary ed majors, I'm looking at you. And for the record, I have taken theatre classes all during high school and enjoyed them. The teacher for this one is just...nuts.
This was about testing ugh not my rant about the crappy set up here. Sigh. I like multiple choice tests, especially when teachers have fun with the answer choices. I once had a question on a sociology test which was, "What are feral children?" and one of the choices was, "The children of Will Ferrell" lmao I'm okay with short answer as well, because it gives me a little more freedom to say what I want to say and how I want to say it. Essay are awful tests. As good of an essay writer I am, those are just a bit too stressful for me and I feel that, since an essay is typically going to be about a concentrated subject, you focus more on that rather than the collective things you learned. It's less to study, but you're not gaining anything from it once you're done with it. idk that's just me, I don't expect others to feel the same on that.
February 8th, 2013, 10:16 AM
I'm actually surprisingly good at taking tests. I'm lucky to be naturally good with retaining info for school. I like short answer questions the most for all subjects except for Math. Then I'd rather have multiple choice.
February 8th, 2013, 10:43 AM
Guys. Retaining information has nothing to do with how good you are at taking tests. The question isn't about if you're good at learning things, it's if you're good at taking tests. Test-taking is a skill completely outside of if you know the material.
That being said, I'm great at taking tests. I've never had an issue with them - I don't always score well obviously but the scores have been consistent with how well I do in class or better, which means tests work for me as a gauge of if I've learned the information. I'm especially good at essay tests, not sure why. Probably because my natural writing style is good according to my teachers so even if my information isn't 100% perfect the style makes up for it.
February 8th, 2013, 03:38 PM
I'm an okay test take to be perfectly honest. I get average grades on my test. I personally like multiple choice tests because you can choose through different options of answers instead of writing it down. xD
February 8th, 2013, 11:32 PM
If I know its going to be hard I tend to study for about an hour and I end up doing pretty good, but if its a test that turned out to be harder than I thought then I'll probably fail it or get like a C.
As long as I know what the test is mainly about I'm good to go.
Evil Stud Muffin
February 9th, 2013, 12:40 AM
Give me a biology or physics test, with theory and some equations and I'll ace it. Anything else and I suck. Essay's could be a strong point, but after 400 words I drop the ball.
February 11th, 2013, 06:15 PM
I think I do good on most tests because I study but math always gets me, I was surprised to see a good score on my math test today xD
February 12th, 2013, 01:29 AM
Multiple Choice and Essays. I like it when there's already some clues on how I can ace my test.
February 12th, 2013, 04:09 PM
I'm okay during tests, honestly. But multiple choice questions are always my favorite.
Mr Cat Dog
February 16th, 2013, 03:40 AM
Yes, I'm kinda awesome at tests when I can be bothered to care about them. All throughout my academic life, I've done the absolute minimum to get the maximum results, and that most of my education has been test-based, as opposed to coursework or participation in class, has only spotlighted these abilities to the forefront. Throughout school, a 'good' marks was 80/90%+, and I put enough effort in to achieve those marks for the most part. When university came around, the standard dropped to 60-70%, and my work dropped to about that level. In law school, it dropped even further - to about 50% to pass - and in most of my exams I got about 55%! If I ever need to take exams again, I imagine I'll be able to get to the requisite standard to do well, but I kinda hope I don't need to. I like actually working instead, and have no intention to go back into further education.
February 17th, 2013, 06:49 AM
I'm pretty good at test taking and most likely short answer is the best type of test that I have taken. It's been quite a while, so I might have forgotten. xD
February 17th, 2013, 06:53 AM
Depends on what's on the test; if it's essay writing then I cruise on past; if it's trick-multiple-question I can have a tough time. If it's math or history, I'm terrible (though I can do homework and take-home assignments just fine.) *Shrug*
February 17th, 2013, 08:38 AM
I'm terrible at taking tests unless it's one that's entirely written and made up of short answers or essays. With anything else, I either blank out, or I pick the wrong answer under the impression that it's right because I think "Well, it could be right because..." I have a problem taking multiple choice tests because I always feel like they're trick questions. I kick ass with essays, though.
But I haven't had a test since, like, October so things might have changed since then.