Before walking across the stage and collecting a diploma in the state of Ohio, students must pass the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT). One of the subjects on which students are testing in this assessment is science. Students begin taking this assessment during their sophomore year and have two attempt opportunities each academic school year to pass the assessment. Whether you are preparing to take this test for the first time, or your window of opportunity is starting to close, dedicate yourself to taking every precaution you can to pass the assessment and move one step closer to graduation.
Review Science Vocabulary
You will likely not succeed on the OGT if you lack a basic understanding of science-related vocabulary. Spend your pretest study time reviewing science terms to ensure that you will be able to answer questions containing these words should they appear on the test. To create a term study list for yourself, move through the glossary section of your science book and write down words that don't seem too familiar to you, studying them to increase your familiarity with them.
Practice Chart and Graph Reading
Much of the science test calls for the careful reading of charts and graphs. As you come across charts and graphs in your science and other-subject textbooks, do not overlook them. Instead study them carefully, trying to obtain as much information from them as you possibly can. The better you are at reading these informational diagrams, the more likely you are to have success on your test.
Take a Practice Test
Give yourself a better idea of what the OGT will be like by tackling a practice test. Try the full-length Science OGT available on the Ohio Department of Education website. After taking the test, grade it and take note of any questions that you missed, studying the topics that the questions pertained to more closely than others.
Use Process of Elimination
Often science OGT multiple choice questions contain one correct answer and several answers that seem as if they could be correct. To ensure that you don't select an almost-correct answer instead of the correct one, use the process of elimination when answering these questions. Before selecting your answer, read all of the possible ones and cross off the options as you eliminate them. After eliminating all but one answer, bubble in the remaining answer on your answer sheet.
Number Extended Response Elements
The science OGT also contains some extended response queries. Often these questions are compound, asking for more than one requirement to be fulfilled. To ensure that you don't lose points as a result of a partial response, number the different question elements. For example, if the question asks you to select the most complex element from a list of elements and explain why it is complex, you would need a two-part answer to address this question.
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