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FCAT Test Taking Strategies

~ Learn how to answer each kind of question. Standardized tests may have many types of questions, including, but not limited to: multiple-choice, gridded-response, short-answer, drag-and-drop, equation-response, multi-select and extended response. 
~ Plan to take about 5 minutes for each short-answer question and 10-15 minutes for each long-answer question. 
~ Read each question carefully and think about the answer before you choose your answer. 
~ Answer questions you are sure about first.  If a question seems too hard, skip it and go back to that question later. 
~ There is no penalty for guessing or for wrong answers.  Therefore, it is best to try to answer all questions, even if your are not sure of the correct answer. 
~ Think positively. Some questions may seem hard, but you may be able to figure out how to answer if you read the questions carefully. 
~ Be sure to fill in the answer bubbles correctly. Do not make any stray marks around the answer spaces. 
~ Relax. Some people get nervous when taking a test. Just do your best.