The little words

Classic test prep works amazingly well at times.

I’m starting a new job teaching English as a second language, and, along with six other people, am being trained to pass a standardized test of teaching knowledge. (The test may be a state department requirement. Not sure.)

The training and testing material are challenging.

You’re given 20 abstract terms that all sound alike; then you take a multiple-choice test on which all the answers sound alike, too.

Plus you have to do all of this fast. After just a couple of days of training, we took a practice test; a couple of days later we took the real one.

Amazingly, I found that I could get virtually every answer correct using one of the tactics I teach for the SAT/ACT:

Look at the little words.

Continue reading