Fairhope Middle School

Experience the Excellence

Fairhope Middle School's
Study Skills and Strategies Course Pre-Test

Circle Your Answer

1. A priority is something that is:

a. of most importance

b. of least importance

c. of some importance

d. of no importance


2. The "S" in the S.M.A.R.T. goals method of setting goals stands for:

a. systematic

b. specific

c. simple

d. none of the above


3. The following is an example of a S.M.A.R.T. goal: 

a. I want to make three "B's" and one" A" second semester in my core courses.

b. I want to pass second semester.

c. I want to make all A's.

d. none of the above  


4. A "Rock Priority" may include:

a. hanging out with friends and socializing

b. texting and social media

c. playing video games

d. school assignments/homework/studying for tests


5. Learning to balance Rock, Pebble, and Water Priorities is important in making good grades.

a. True

b. False


6. The brain is able to do two are more tasks at a time. 

a. True

b. False


7. Students can keep themselves on task by

a. using a timer and trying to beat the timer

b. eating snacks while they are doing homework

c. doing the easiest work first

d. none of the above


8. The following are the best ways to keep up with school assignments:

a. use a written planner/agenda

b. memorize the due dates

c. use Google Calendar

d. both a and c


9. In organizing your binder, it is a good idea to

a. put papers in your book bag if you are in a hurry

b. place papers in pocket folders by subject

c. periodically clean out your binder and store papers in a filing box at home

d. both b and c


10. A widely accepted method of note taking is the 

a. Johnson method

b. Carnegie method

c. Cornell method

d. None of the above


11. With multiple choice questions,

a. try to think of the correct answer before you read your options

b. never skip a question. Answer all questions in order.

c. cross out items you know are wrong, and choose your answers from the remaining option(s)

d. both a and c


12. When taking a test, students should

a. do the hardest questions first

b. do the easiest questions first

c. skip questions they don't know and go back later

d. both b and c


13. When answering an essay question, it is best to

a. always begin your answer with a question

b. try to make an outline in the margin

c. write as quickly as possible, using abbreviations so that you can finish on time

d. all of the above


14. The ACT Aspire Reading Test for both 7th and 8th grades is

a. 60 minutes with 31 questions

b. 45 minutes with 60 questions

c. 30 minutes with 60 questions

d. none of the above


15. The following are absolute words that when in an answer on a test are usually wrong/false

a. all, always, never

b. must, none, everyone

c. every, only, some

d. both a and b


16. The following words are included in the 12 power words that students need to know when taking standardized tests except

a. formulate

b. describe

c. interpret

d. infer


17. When reading a passage on a test, students should

a. read the passage first, then the questions

b. read the questions first, then the passage

c. none of the above


18. Random guessing on a test gives you what percentage chance of getting an answer correct

a. 10%

b. 15%

c. 20%

d. 25%


19. Tracking academic short- term and long- term goals can be accomplished by 

a. checking grades in INOW daily or weekly

b. checking grades in INOW at mid-quarter, quarter, and semester

c. waiting for your report card at the end of the year to see if you passed or failed 

d. both a and b


20. Goals can be short-term or long-term.

a. True

b. False


21. These statements indicate a growth mindset:
a. "Tell me I'm smart"
b. "I'm either good at it or I'm not"
c. "When I fail, I learn"
d. "I can learn anything I want to"
e. both c an d 
22. According to a growth mindset, intelligence and talent are set at birth.
a. True
b. False