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Learning Center - Study Skills

This guide reviews study skills, including effective note-taking, test-taking, and reading.


Subjective tests are tests where students are asked to give an argument about a prompt and support it with evidence.  These tests are often looking for explanation, application, synthesis, and demonstration of ideas.  Because these are testing basic skills, they are often a core component to 300- and 400-level courses.


Subjective tests often use the following question types:


Sometimes students see subjective testing as providing an opinion about a topic, and they may not properly prepare for the in-depth analysis that these questions require.  Subjective testing requires students to have a depth of knowledge about the material and work with that material in "real time."  


Here are our Keys to Success for taking subjective tests: