Crash Course for Geometry SOL

Time for a little hail mary.
The Test: There are 50 questions on the Geometry SOL Test (plus 10 more that are not graded)
There are 14 Standards of Learning Tested.
Here is a quick reference guide for all the material covered on the test:

Quick Reference Sheet (yes this is dated, but still very solid)

Mr. Volk’s Test Prep Method

1) Gather all notes, homework, and assessments. Using these documents you create a comprehensive guide to the material. Try to be concise and neat. Include everything that would help you if you had your guide and your guide only with you while taking the test. Once you finish creating your own personal reference sheet(s), double check your quizzes and notes to determine if there is anything you missed.

2) If there is any information you do not know, then seek help immediately from a friend, tutor, teacher, or website. Make sure you understand everything on your reference sheet.

3) Now you are ready to practice applying the knowledge  you have gathered. Take a 5 question quiz open notes. I recommend  JLABS practice SOL Tests. There are a few keys to this step:

  • USE YOUR NOTES – You created a reference sheet so use it. If you feel that you do not have the necessary information on your reference sheet then copy the problem down so you can ask for help on that after you finish the quiz.
  • SHOW YOUR WORK. (AKA write out your thinking on scratch paper)
  • ANSWER EVERY QUESTION – Do not skip questions and do not give up half way through even if you got every question wrong so far.
  • NEVER GUESS – Always have a reason for your answer no matter how flimsy. Answer the question “Why would that be the answer?” if you cannot answer that question then do not choose that answer.
  • THINK BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS – Try to get from the question to the answer as well as from the answer to the question.

4) How did you do? Good? Bad? DOES NOT MATTER AT THIS POINT. The key at this point of your test preparation is to find missing info your reference sheet. If there is any information you do not know or do not have on your reference sheet, then seek help immediately from a friend, tutor, teacher, or website. Make sure you have all necessary material on your reference sheet.

5) Take a 10 question quiz open notes. I recommend  JLABS practice SOL Tests. There are a few keys to this step:

  • USE YOUR NOTES – You created a reference sheet so use it. If you feel that you do not have the necessary information on your reference sheet then copy the problem down so you can ask for help on that after you finish the quiz.
  • SHOW YOUR WORK. (AKA write out your thinking on scratch paper)
  • ANSWER EVERY QUESTION – Do not skip questions and do not give up half way through even if you got every question wrong so far.
  • NEVER GUESS – Always have a reason for your answer no matter how flimsy. Answer the question “Why would that be the answer?” if you cannot answer that question then do not choose that answer.
  • THINK BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS – Try to get from the question to the answer as well as from the answer to the question.

6) If there is any information you do not know or do not have on your reference sheet, then seek help immediately from a friend, tutor, teacher, or website. Make sure you have all necessary material on your reference sheet.

7) Repeat Steps 5 & 6 (10 question quiz open notes then seek help) until you get 8/10 correct.

8) Now that you have gotten 8 out 0f 10 questions correct it is time to remove the safety net. Take a 10 question quiz CLOSED NOTES. I recommend  JLABS practice SOL Tests. There are a few keys to this step:

  • DO NOT USE YOUR NOTES – You cannot use the reference sheet on the test.
  • USE THE SOL FORMULAS – You can use the official formula sheet on the test.
  • SHOW YOUR WORK. (AKA write out your thinking on scratch paper)
  • ANSWER EVERY QUESTION – Do not skip questions and do not give up half way through even if you got every question wrong so far.
  • NEVER GUESS – Always have a reason for your answer no matter how flimsy. Answer the question “Why would that be the answer?” if you cannot answer that question then do not choose that answer.
  • THINK BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS – Try to get from the question to the answer as well as from the answer to the question.

9) How did you do without the reference sheet? If you got 9/10 then you are done. Otherwise, check your reference sheet for a couple minutes and repeat step 8 (10 question quiz CLOSED NOTES) until you get 9/10 correct. (9/10 instead of 10/10 since nobody is perfect.)

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