The DBQ Process

 


 


 

The DBQ Process

Read each question SLOWLY and CAREFULLY before you even look at the answers.  Highlight important words.  Often there will be words  like EXCEPT at the very end of a question.

The DBQ Process

This will ensure you get credit for all the questions you know.  Then go back and starting puzzling out the tough questions.

The DBQ Process

Most often, your initial response will be the correct one.  Don't psych yourself out and start changing answers!

The DBQ Process

If you don't know the answer, try some of the strategies below to improve your guesses.

  1. Eliminate answers that you know are incorrect.
     
  2. Beware of ABSOLUTE words in a possible answer. If an answer has words like ALWAYS or NEVER, it isn't the best guess.
     
  3. "All of the above": If you know two of three options seem correct, "all of the above" is a strong possibility.
     
  4. "Look alike options":  eliminate choices that mean basically the same thing.  They cancel each other out.
     
  5. Look for opposites.  If two options are opposite each other, chances are one of them is correct.
     
  6. Consider the LONGEST answer - sometimes all those words contain the best answer to the question.

 

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http://www.iss.stthomas.edu/studyguides/tsttak3.htm supplied some of these tips!