TIPS FOR MATH OPEN ENDED QUESTIONS

 

   Read problem more than once.

 

   Look for key words that help you understand the directions:

       show, explain, write, list, draw

            Show - show your work - all number sentences, labels, guesses, etc.

            (Do not erase any of your work.)

 

            Explain - must be in words. Lists are ok. Sentences in paragraphs are better. You can
             also use a diagram or show your work along with the words.

 

            Drawing - label whatever you can.

 

   Where do you need to write your answer? In an answer box? On the lines?

            If there are only 4 lines, then a longer answer is not required.

            If there is no answer box, be sure to label your answer and circle.

 

   Look for math vocabulary in the problem. Be sure to tell the definition and how it fits with the problem.

 

   Draw whenever you can to help you understand what the problem is asking for. Don’t try to keep it all in your head.

 

 

TIPS FOR MATH MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS

 

   Read problem more than once. Even after you answer, read it again to make sure your answer makes sense.

 

   Look for math vocabulary in the problem. You will need to know what it means to do the problem.

 

   Draw whenever you can to help you understand what the problem is asking for. Don’t try to keep it all in your head.

 

   Do the problem first on paper without looking at your choice of answers. Just because the answer is there, does not mean it is correct. Check again by reading carefully.

 

   Sometimes you can plug in the answers one at a time to see which one works.

 

   Always try to answer a question. Never leave it blank. If you can rule out one or two answers, take your best guess with the choices that are left. 

 

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