Having learnt that the weak areas for our student comprise 70% of the test, we need to devise a strategy for revision. We have two choices; either carry on trying all of the questions and hope that with time the two harder categories will improve. Or, we can choose to ignore the easier, less numerous questions and concentrate solely on those which the student finds tough.
Van always mass answers questions until she knows exactly how to find that particular answer; she will go through the practice sections to find all of her weakest question type. We want to push our student, but it is a fine balance. He does not yet have the will power to sit for hours answering the same form of question. He is competitive, but not honed.
Advising someone who has never before revised for such a test is quite an undertaking. Each person has their own method of revision and test-taking. I personally run through the test as quickly as I can; scanning questions and texts for respective answers. I note down any obvious answers that jump off the page at me before returning to the start and answering in a more stayed fashion. Van chooses to answer the types of questions that she knows she excels in first and then tackles the trickier ones.
Now that we have access to the data, we have a solid basis on which to try different methods.
NEH Director of Studies and Teacher Trainer