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A Sample Matching Test

Matching tests also are seldom used in adult learning situations. Nevertheless, we will spend a few moments discussing some of the techniques of taking matching tests.

Again, proper preparation and attitude are key ingredients for success with matching tests. If you know the material being tested, you should do well. However, there are certain testing techniques common to matching tests that you should be aware of.

As usual, scan the entire test to determine complexity and timing. Read the statements and underline key words. As you begin to actually answer questions, work with the column that has the longer statements and match these entries to the shorter statements in the other column.

Following is a sample matching test covering government health-care benefits.

Sample Matching Test

Column A Column B
1. Health-care benefits for the financially needy. A. $736
2. Hospital insurance under Medicare. B. A Medicare supplement
3. Health-care benefits for the aged and the disabled. C. Medicaid
4. This part of Medicare covers doctor's charges and out-patient expenses. D. 90 days
5. This product is designed to fill the gaps left by Medicare. E. Hospice care
6. A voluntary program that provides pain control and treatment for the care of the terminally ill. F. $100
7. Twenty-four hour a day care provided in a nursing home under the supervision of a medical doctor. G. Part A
8. A benefit period under Part A of Medicare. H. Skilled nursing care
9. The number of lifetime reserve days under Part A of Medicare. I. 60 days
10. The Medicare Part B deductible. J. Part B
K. Social Security
L. Medicare

After you scan this test, you would probably note that Column A has 10 statements, while there are 12 responses in Column B. Therefore, you will not use all of the responses in Column B.

You should read the statements in Column A (the longer statements), then attempt to match the statement to the response in Column B.

Again, answer those questions that you are sure of, leaving the more difficult questions or your guesses to the remainder of the choices.

As you pick your answers from Column B, check off the responses you select, so that as you complete the remainder of the test, you also reduce the number of choices.