PSSA Test Prep-Lesson 2

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PSSA Test Prep-Lesson 2

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  1. 4 sections (or tests) for Language Arts (reading and writing)

    Slide 1 - 4 sections (or tests) for Language Arts (reading and writing)

    • The sections will include the following types of questions:
    • Multiple choice questions
    • Evidence-based response questions
    • Writing prompts
    • Text dependent analysis
    • Each section will take about 60-90 minutes, or an hour to an hour and a half.
    • Language Arts Test Format
  2. Section

    Slide 2 - Section

    • Content Emphasis
    • Number of MC/EBSR
    • Number of WP/TDA
    • Estimated Number of Passages
    • Estimated Section Testing Time (in minutes)
    • 1
    • Writing and Language
    • 20 MC
    • 1
    • 0
    • 60
    • 2
    • Reading
    • 15–18 MC
    • 4–5 EBSR
    • 0
    • 3
    • 58–69
    • 3
    • Reading and
    • Text Dependent Analysis
    • 14 MC
    • 2 EBSR
    • 1
    • 2
    • 73
    • 4
    • Reading and
    • Text Dependent Analysis
    • 5–8 MC
    • 1–2 EBSR
    • 1
    • 1
    • 48–57
    • 2015 PSSA Changes
  3. The test is on your desk.

    Slide 3 - The test is on your desk.

    • Test Taking Strategies
    • What do you do now?
  4. Think of the test as several small jobs, not one big one.

    Slide 4 - Think of the test as several small jobs, not one big one.

    • Identify the type of reading, writing, science, or math questions you will be answering. Get your head into the right mindset.
    • Test Taking Strategies
  5. Test Taking Strategies: Multiple Choice

    Slide 5 - Test Taking Strategies: Multiple Choice

  6. Multiple Choice Question

    Slide 6 - Multiple Choice Question

  7. Evidence-Based Response Question

    Slide 7 - Evidence-Based Response Question

  8. Pretend it’s not multiple choice!

    Slide 8 - Pretend it’s not multiple choice!

    • Cover the answers and read the question to see if you can answer it on your own.
    • Then read all of the answer choices.
    • See if any of the choices match your prediction.
    • If your prediction isn’t one of the choices, reread the question. You may have misread it.
    • Test Taking Strategies: Multiple Choice
  9. Test Taking Strategies: Multiple Choice

    Slide 9 - Test Taking Strategies: Multiple Choice

    • Eliminate the answers that you know are wrong.
    • Look at the answer(s) left and determine which is the best.
  10. Test Taking Strategies: Multiple Choice

    Slide 10 - Test Taking Strategies: Multiple Choice

    • If you have:
    • Used what you know
    • Formed an answer in your mind
    • Eliminated answers that will not work
    • …And you still have no idea - GUESS!
    • Research shows that first instincts are often correct, but we tend to second guess ourselves. Go with your gut!
    • Don’t leave any question blank! You’ll lose points if you do.
  11. Read the questions before reading the passage. This will help you to identify the purpose of your reading.

    Slide 11 - Read the questions before reading the passage. This will help you to identify the purpose of your reading.

    • Highlight key words in each question such as: “main idea,” “compare,” etc.
    • Also, highlight any words that you do not know. You can try to use context clues from the reading passage or the answer choices to determine the meaning later.
    • Test Taking Strategies: Reading Passages
  12. Slide 12

    • In the first question the student highlighted, the words “main idea” and “third paragraph.”
    • In the second question the student highlighted, the words “Sara Jackson Milton.”
    • In the third question the student highlighted, the word “organized.”
    • In the fourth question the student highlighted, the words “comply with.”