The first point to remember when approaching any kind of test is obviously to know what is going to be covered on the test. Find out the specific objectives in order that you study appropriate material. When taking an exam with Constructed Response Questions, you are not going to be able to choose the correct answer as in multiple-choice questions, but will be expected to generate correct information from your repertoire of knowledge on the subject. It is important to use the appropriate vocabulary on CRQ answers; a quality study guide, such as the one at 240Tutoring, can ensure that individuals are up-to-date with the appropriate terminology. This might include new or unfamiliar vocabulary that is included in many good study guides. It is also essential to properly pace yourself during the exam in order to allow an adequate amount of time to construct a quality CRQ response; 240Tutoring study guides break down the structure of each exam and help students understand the best pacing techniques.
The next strategy for answering a CRQ is the same for learners of all ages and the same for responding to multiple-choice questions. READ AND RE-READ THE QUESTION CAREFULLY!! Even though you may think that this reminder is unnecessary, the fact is that MANY mistakes are made from misunderstanding what is being asked rather than not knowing the information. This happens when a test-taker quickly reads through questions and assumes that he/she understands the question. No matter what the reason – a mistake remains a mistake – and such a mistake can result in failing an exam. Re-reading the question prompt can be the difference between passing and failing.