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Civic Literacy Requirement

Test Preparation

Preparation Before Taking the Test

  • Use the free government websites and study guide resources listed above to prepare for the 100-question multiple choice test
    • Creating your own study strategies should include: flash cards, mnemonic devices, visual nonlinear organization templates (e.g., concept maps, flow charts, etc.), and creating sample quiz items
    • More information on study strategies and templates for use can be found here
  • Eat at least 30 minutes before you take the test
  • Get a full night's rest (6-8 hours) the night before the test

On Testing Day (testing strategies recommended by Saundra Yancy McGuire's Teach Yourself How to Learn (2018)

  • Read the directions very carefully, listen for additional directions provided by the ODL staff or other testing staff
  • Survey the exam and budget your time. You will have 2 hours to take the 100 question multiple-choice test
  • Begin with the easiest questions and work your way up to the harder ones. This builds confidence and brings more information to your mind. You will be able to scroll through the entire test
  • Expect memory blocks and recognize that the information will come back to you if you move on to other questions
  • Perform deep-breathing exercises to relax; use positive self-talk
  • Remain confident that if you have prepared well, you will do well
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