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droomph February 2nd, 2013 6:55 PM

i'm bad test-taker
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)

Sableye~ February 2nd, 2013 7:19 PM

Eh. My memory sucks, so that makes it difficult. So I'm not exactly the best at tests. x;

JayD February 2nd, 2013 7:26 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.

Gyardosamped February 2nd, 2013 7:37 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.

Sweets Witch February 2nd, 2013 9:23 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.

Brynjolf 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.

Alice 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.

Seki 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.

Overlord Drakow February 3rd, 2013 2:08 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.

curiousnathan February 3rd, 2013 2:27 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.

Talli February 3rd, 2013 4:13 AM

I am a bad test taker as I do not have a good memory even though I had studied

Sammi February 3rd, 2013 4:43 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.

Yoshikko February 3rd, 2013 4:56 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.

Shining Raichu February 4th, 2013 5:17 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

Correspondence February 4th, 2013 6:02 AM

Everytime I study I end up staring at walls for hours instead of studying so yeah not the greatest test-taker.

Team Fail February 4th, 2013 6:22 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.

Inferna February 4th, 2013 6:34 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 7:59 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

PlatinumDude 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.

Edward Elric February 6th, 2013 8:40 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.

CarcharOdin February 6th, 2013 8:56 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.

Katamari February 6th, 2013 9:02 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 :/

Ludger 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.

Cosmotone8 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.

Oryx 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.

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