Fill-in-the-Blanks Test Taking Tips

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Teaching Fill-in-the-Blanks Test Taking Tips can improve student performance on quizzes.

Giving Completion or Fill-in-the-Blanks tests is a great way to test knowledge level questions including recalling details. This type of test question is especially helpful for testing who, what, where, and when content. Another advantage is completion test questions minimizes guessing. Students who know they will be tested with completion questions are encouraged to spend more time studying because they have to come up with answers from memory in place of merely recognizing a correct answer that is presented.

Note, completion questions are different from short answer questions that require students to write a few sentences to answer a question. Short answer questions usually ask students to explain a principle, solve a problem, or apply knowledge. Contradictorily, a completion question is more about regurgitating facts.

This is Part 4 in a five-part series.

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1 – Multiple Choice Questions

2 – True/False Questions

3 – Matching Test

Come back next week to learn for the final part in the series, Part 5 Essay Test Taking Strategies.

To make the material student-friendly as well as more interesting, I have created a free Boom deck with alternating facts and questions. This game-like activity is sure to keep students engaged as they learn more about test-taking. You will find a link to the Boom deck at the bottom of this post.

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The Boom Card Lesson Script

Fill-in-the-Blanks Test Taking Tips

While fill-in-the-blank tests are not common on standardized tests, many teachers use this question type on exams. Often teachers create fill-in-the-blanks or completion test questions directly from their lecture notes. Taking great notes is the key to doing well on this type of test. Study for this type of test by highlighting new terms, important dates, noteworthy phrases, and the names of key people in your lecture notes. These will often be what you must write in on a completion test.

One great way to study is to make a photocopy of your notes. Whiteout the highlighted words. Then try to go back and write in the missing words. If you have a study partner, exchange photocopied notes with missing words, dates, and definitions. Using someone else’s notes will be an even better practice.

Question

When studying for a fill-in-the-blank test, photocopy your lecture notes and ______________________ key words. Go back and try to write in the _________________ that were removed. Exchanging  notes with a buddy who followed this same process with his/her lecture notes is an especially good way to study for a _____________________ test. 

Answer Key

When studying for a fill-in-the-blank test, photocopy your lecture notes and _________white-out_____________ key words. Go back and try to write in the ____words______ that were removed. Exchanging  notes with a buddy who followed this same process with his/her lecture notes is an especially good way to study for a ____fill-in-the-blanks____ test. 

Taking the Test

Read each sentence carefully. Look for these clues:

  • Multiple blanks can signify that more than one word is needed.
  • The length of blank can help you determine whether it is a short or long answer; however, don’t assume that just because a blank is long or short that a long or short answer is required.
  • If the blank is preceded by the article an, this means the answer starts with a vowel (a, e, i, o, u). 

 

Other Considerations

  • Answers need to make the sentence grammatically correct.
  • If you can’t think of the exact term, write a descriptive answer to show you understand the question. You may be given partial credit for this.
  • Avoid trying to give ‘cutesy’ answers. For example, if asked…

Abraham was born in the state of _______.

Don’t write in nudity or bliss. While this might receive a chuckle from your teacher, it won’t help your grade.

Question

Word Bank

true/false multiple choice matching
fill-in-the-blanks short answer essay

Use the word bank to help you complete the following sentences. You will use some answers more than once.

  1. When taking a(n)________________________ test, eliminate unlikely answers first.
  2. With a(n)________________________ quiz, carefully read both lists of answer choices.
  3. When taking a(n)________________________ test, write a descriptive answer when you can’t think of the term.
  4. While taking a(n)________________________ , test look at extreme modifiers such as all, none, never and always.
  5. A(n) ________________________  test requires writing several paragraphs.
  6. A(n) ________________________  test requires you to write a few sentences to explain a principal, solve a problem, or apply knowledge.
  7. With a(n) ________________________  question, notice the number of blanks and length of space.
  8. In a(n) ________________________  quiz, focus on negative words or words with prefixes.
Answer Key
    1. When taking a(n)______multiple choice______ test, eliminate unlikely answers first.
    2. With a(n)___________matching____________ quiz, carefully read both lists of answer choices.
    3. When taking a(n) ___fill-in-the blanks__ test, write a descriptive answer when you can’t think of the term.
    4. While taking a(n) ___________true/false___________, test look at extreme modifiers such as all, none, never and always.
    5. A(n) ____________essay__________________ test requires writing several paragraphs.
    6. A(n) __________short answer_________________ test requires you to write a few sentences to explain a principal, solve a problem, or apply knowledge.
    7. With a(n) ___________fill-in-the blanks______ question, notice the number of blanks and length of space.
    8. In a(n) ___________true/false___________ quiz, focus on negative words or words with prefixes.

Fill-in-the-Blanks Test Taking Tips Lesson using Boom Learning

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