the 5 MISes you want to avoid…

STANDARD TEST PREP TIP: The 5 Misses

Taking standard tests is a rite of passage for college bound high school students.  Today, the major test available are the PSAT, SAT and ACT exams.  While the tests differ in various ways, fundamentally they test similar problem solving skills, foundational academic skills and abilities and the tests primarily require reasoning and logic as much as basic skills and calculation techniques.

To succeed on these exams it is as important to avoid common errors as it is to have ‘positive’ skills.   The questions are often presenting in confusing or convoluted way and the first step for success is to be sure to understand what the question is asking and avoiding the ‘5 MISes”.

They  are:

  • MISread
  • MISunderstand
  • MISinterpret
  • MISrepresent
  • MIScaluclate

The first three MISs focus on the understanding and interpreting the questions and correctly reading, understanding and interpreting what the question asks for.  This would apply to all aspects of the tests, Writing, Reading and Math areas.

MISrepresent addreses information needed that is included in the problem (e.g. length of the side of a rectangle) and insuring that the test taker obtains and uses it properly, and MIScalculate is concerned with properly executing any calculations needed.

Avoiding the 5 MISes is a fundamental way to become a stronger test taker on both standardized tests and academic school based tests.

For a FREE consultation concering SAT / PSAT /ACT prep (or other academic subjects particularly Math and Sciences) contact Dr Steven Greene at mAke the grAde AcAdemic services at sgreene@makethegrade.net

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