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Students with learning disabilities may benefit from instruction in test-taking strategies.

Instruction that addresses the "how to's" of test taking for various types of questions such as multiple choice, true-false, short answer and essay can benefit all students, but particularly those with learning disabilities. Strategies include reviewing the entire test for contextual cues and starting in the test area of greatest confidence, highlighting key words in questions, and looking at questions for confusing terminology such as negatives. Practicing these strategies can help to reduce test anxiety. Instructors are encouraged to review test taking strategies with students before exams.

McGuire, J. M. & O'Donnell, J. (1989). Helping learning disabled students to achieve: Collaboration between the faculty and support services. College Teaching, 37(1), 29-32.