For the average nonstudent, the skills that we've been considering in this book can be used in a variety of ways: reading professional periodicals; researching speeches or other oral presentations; perusing office memos; studying formal reports; breezing through the daily mail; previewing and reading general background materials, such as newspapers; or pleasure reading, including the latest best-seller.
But for students, the ultimate goals are a little different. All reading and study are eventually intended to fulfill two main objectives: completing assigned papers and taking tests.
We've already explored how to use the Evelyn Wood techniques to research and write papers. But another weighty, grade-determining topic still remains—the issue of successful test-taking.
Let's separate the examination issue into two parts: first, the question of pretest preparation; and secondly, the challenge of the test itself.
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