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May 19th, 2015, 07:17 PM   #1
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Time constraints during placement test?

I'm preparing for my college placement test and I keep finding I'm making all sorts of errors, needing to check my problems two or three times to be sure my answers are correct. (I've started logging where I go wrong, so hopefully the frequency will decrease between now and the test.) I'm worried, though, that writing slowly to make sure I'm copying everything correctly and all this checking will be a problem during the actual test.

Anyone recall what the test was like when they took it? I'll be calling the college's counseling office tomorrow to ask this same thing.
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I can't speak to the test you are about to take, but Cal Newport outlines how to take tests in his book "How to become a straight A student". Basically, just go through the test once, give yourself a time constraint(60 sec, or whatever makes since), then move on. Make sure you have moved quickly enough to go back, work on hard problems, and check for mistakes........ This is what I do, and has improved my scores by about 10%. Supposedly one of the most common thing test takers do wrong is to not recheck their work.


Hope that helps. Of course, it just occurred to me that this works best on multiple choice. None the less, hope it helps.
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I can't speak to the test you are about to take, but Cal Newport outlines how to take tests in his book "How to become a straight A student". Basically, just go through the test once, give yourself a time constraint(60 sec, or whatever makes since), then move on. Make sure you have moved quickly enough to go back, work on hard problems, and check for mistakes........ This is what I do, and has improved my scores by about 10%. Supposedly one of the most common thing test takers do wrong is to not recheck their work.


Hope that helps. Of course, it just occurred to me that this works best on multiple choice. None the less, hope it helps.
Seem like good ideas. Thanks!
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July 2nd, 2016, 11:35 AM   #4
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College placement test compass help

If you could retake the test you could do better. Sometimes we just need refresh the subjects we learned. I used How To Ace The COMPASS Exam online book and was easy and simplified to review only in few pages. You could place in college-level courses. I bought it from here How To Ace The COMPASS Exam | IDownload The ebook also included the actual test. Hope it helps
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