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How to Study for Standardized Tests

Author(s): Donald Sefcik, DO, MBA, Director of Academic Innovation and Psychometrics, Senior Associate Dean, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Gillian Bice, PhD, Director of Academic and Professional Development, Assistant Professor, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Frank Prerost, PhD, Professor, Department of Family Medicine, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University, Downers Grove, Illinois
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  • ISBN-13: 9780763773625
  • Paperback    232 pages      © 2013
Price: $52.95 US List
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How to Study for Standardized Tests focuses on the skills and test-taking strategies that students need to master in order to excel on tests. This book is a great resource for high school students preparing for the ACT and SAT; college students preparing for the GRE; professional students preparing to take their licensing or national board examinations; and healthcare practitioners studying for their initial or recertification examinations.  

How to Study for Standardized Tests focuses on three key variables: the test, you, and important study resources including study methods and techniques. This detailed guide describes and explains how to take tests effectively and efficiently in a timed environment while helping to reduce the impact of test anxiety.  The authors include a discussion of techniques to help you select answers when guessing is your only option. By learning as much as you can about what it takes to prepare for and perform well on standardized tests and by following the advice in this book you can realize your high-scoring potential.

Why should you buy a book on How to Study for Standardized Exams?

  1. You want to increase your test score
  2. You believe that although you will perform well, you can do better
  3. You want to learn how to study less and still get a high score
  4. You are committed to devoting the time and energy necessary to improve your study techniques and test-taking skills
  5. All of the  above!

PRAISE

"How to Study for Standardized Tests is the most useful, concise, and science-based exposition of test preparation ever published. Informed by current cognitive science and exquisitely organized, Drs. Sefcik, Bice, and Prerost walk the student through each step needed to successfully prepare for any standardized test, from the GED to medical board exams. Accompanied by meaningful exercises and succinct summaries, the book offers skills, knowledge, attitudes, and resources specifically designed for standardized test preparation. If you are preparing for an exam, if you experience test anxiety, or if you just want to maximize your test-taking potential, this book provides the tools you will need. In my training as an educational specialist and medical school neuroscience course director, I have had the opportunity to review dozens of similar books. How to Study for Standardized Tests is by far the best book on this subject I have ever seen."

~ Dr. Robert Sorrells, PhD
Neuroscience Course Director and Assistant Professor of Anatomy
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences

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  Section  I  Understanding Your Opponent (The Test)
    Chapter  1  Standardized Tests
    Chapter  2  Test Wiseness
    Chapter  3  Test Blueprints
  Section  II  Developing Your T.E.A.M.S.
    Chapter  4  Your Will
    Chapter  5  Your Resources
    Chapter  6  Your Time
  Section  III  Practicing Your Skills
    Chapter  7  Learning to Perform
    Chapter  9  Performance Enhancers
Part  2  Taking Your Test (Applying Test-Taking Skills)
  Section  IV  Executing Your Game Plan (Test Day)
    Chapter  10  Managing the Time Clock
    Chapter  11  Maximizing Points
    Chapter  12  Minimizing Test Anxiety
    Appendix A: Standardized Test Websites
    References
    Epilogue: Executive Summary of Book

Donald Sefcik, DO, MBA-Director of Academic Innovation and Psychometrics, Senior Associate Dean, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Donald Sefcik is the senior associate dean and a tenured professor at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.   Dr. Sefcik is also the Director of Academic Innovation and Psychometrics in the college.  A 1985 graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University, Dr. Sefcik holds a B.S. in pharmacy and an M.S. in pharmacology from Butler University, and an M.B.A. from Purdue University. He is board-certified in both family practice and emergency medicine.  Since 1987 Don has been involved in various aspects of the education and training of nursing students, nurse practitioners, osteopathic medical students, pharmacy students, and physician assistants, including serving as medical director for a physician assistant program.  Dr. Sefcik is a Past Chair of the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), has served on multiple state and national committees and task forces, and has received numerous awards for his teaching.

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Gillian Bice, PhD-Director of Academic and Professional Development, Assistant Professor, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

 

Gillian Bice, Ph.D. is the director of academic and professional development at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Bice holds a B.S. in Zoology, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in Physical Anthropology, all from Michigan State University. Before joining the faculty of MSUCOM, Dr. Bice was manager and supervisor of the MSU Clinical Cytogenetics Laboratory. Since 1995, Dr. Bice has been teaching anthropology and anatomy courses to undergraduate, graduate and graduate-professional students. In her current role, Dr. Bice advises medical students on issues pertaining to best learning practices and career development.

Frank Prerost, PhD-Professor, Department of Family Medicine, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University, Downers Grove, Illinois

 

Frank Prerost, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Prerost holds a Ph.D. and M. A. in clinical psychology from DePaul University and a B. S. in behavioral science from the University of Illinois. Previously Dr. Prerost was the Program Director of the Behavioral Medicine Department at Midwestern University and the Director of the Midwestern Geriatric Education Center. For many years, Dr. Prerost has been extensively involved in the education and training of students in osteopathic medicine, clinical psychology, gerontology, and physician assistant studies. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified through the National Register of Health Service Providers in psychology. Dr. Prerost is a seasoned researcher who is published in many professional journals and has also authored a number of instructor manuals to facilitate student learning.
  • "How to Study for Standardized Tests is the most useful, concise, and science-based exposition of test preparation ever published. Informed by current cognitive science and exquisitely organized, Drs. Sefcik, Bice, and Prerost walk the student through each step needed to successfully prepare for any standardized test, from the GED to medical board exams. Accompanied by meaningful exercises and succinct summaries, the book offers skills, knowledge, attitudes, and resources specifically designed for standardized test preparation. If you are preparing for an exam, if you experience test anxiety, or if you just want to maximize your test-taking potential, this book provides the tools you will need. In my training as an educational specialist and medical school neuroscience course director, I have had the opportunity to review dozens of similar books. How to Study for Standardized Tests is by far the best book on this subject I have ever seen."

    ~ Dr. Robert Sorrells, PhD
    Neuroscience Course Director and Assistant Professor of Anatomy
    Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences

  • -    "How to Study for Standardized Tests progresses in a logical order and one that is inspires the student to study for the daunting exam (if you can even imagine that!).  It starts with how to approach the test, then how to prepare for the exam itself while moving information into long-term memory as opposed to straight recall, and ends with exam day itself.
    -          While this book is an easy read, it is not in any way superficial material.  The content applies to any type of exam: standardized or course exams.  I read this about nine months before my standardized exam and it helped me throughout the year with my courses.  The post-chapter reviews allow the student to make sure that they solidify the information they just read, as well as ask themselves further questions about the information.
    -          I think the price is very reasonable because it has all of the information and sources you need.  In other words, there is no need to buy another “how to” book for standardized exams.
    -          The authors give students the confidence to take a large, “life-defying” exam by helping one analyze personal weaknesses and strengths that may interfere in the preparation and exam day performance.  By identifying these, the student can move forward to plan for the exam. 
    -          I think the three things that I have taken away from this book are: what are my strengths/weaknesses when taking a test (and how do I seek out constructive feedback), how to create a schedule for a major exam, and what do to when I honestly don’t know the answer (unfortunately that will happen to all of us!). 
    -          I can’t stress enough how much this book motivated me to study.  I have always considered myself to be a “poor standardized test taker”.  This book has equipped me with the knowledge of how to improve my studying.  It left me with a “can-do” attitude and I was excited to tackle the challenge of my exam.
    -          I would suggest reading this book well before the exam.  As I am closer to my exam date, I can focus purely on my studies, as opposed to learning how to study."

    ~ Danielle Harik, OMS II, Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine