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I’m not a big fan of test taking strategies but when you take the CSET there will be some questions you just don’t know and so you will have to make an educated guess.
Here are some excellent ‘guessing’ strategies from the CSET study guide.
These guessing strategies will work on any CSET exam.
How to Guess to Your Advantage – Secret Clues that Give Away the Right Answer
Answer questions in a strategic order: First answer easy questions to build confidence, score points, and mentally orient yourself to vocabulary, concepts, and your studies. Then difficult questions or those with the most point value with objective tests, first eliminate those answers you know to be wrong, or are likely to be wrong, don’t seem to fit, or where two options are so similar as to be both incorrect. Look for the correct answer in another question. It is not unusual for one to be able to find elsewhere on the exam the information necessary to answer the question at hand.
Resist the urge to leave as soon as you have completed all the items. Review your test to make sure that you have answered all questions, not mis-marked the answer sheet, or made some other simple mistake. Proofread your writing for spelling, grammar, punctuation, decimal points, etc.
Do not ‘second-guess’ yourself and change your original answers. Research has indicated that your first hunch is more likely to be correct. You should only change answers to questions if you originally misread them or if you have encountered information elsewhere in the test that indicates with certainty that your first choice is incorrect.
If two options are opposite each other on the CSET multiple choice section, chances are one of them is correct.
Question options that contain negative or absolute words: Try substituting a qualified term for the absolute one, like frequently for always; or typical for every to see if you can eliminate it.
Look alike options: Probably one is correct; choose the best but eliminate choices that mean basically the same thing, and thus cancel each other out. Eliminate options you know to be incorrect. Question options that grammatically don’t fit with the stem.
Wear a watch to the CSET. At the beginning of the test, check the time (or start a
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