Mastering Teacher Certification Exams: Good Words vs. Bad Words Strategy Part 2

In our previous blog (part 1), we delved into the concept of identifying good words and bad words within test questions. Now, we're taking it a step further by applying this technique to actual test questions.


To excel in your teacher certification exam, it's crucial to adopt the mindset of a test maker. One effective strategy involves discerning between good words and bad words in exam questions. By recognizing and leveraging good words while avoiding bad words, you can enhance your ability to identify correct answer choices.

Let's dive in

As we answer practice questions, it's crucial to approach them strategically. Rather than getting lost in the scenario, start by analyzing the answer choices. You set yourself on the right track by identifying good words and eliminating bad ones.

Let's consider an example. In a question, during a class discussion on a recently read novel, a teacher encourages students to ask open-ended questions about the text, such as "Why do you think the character made that choice?" and "What could have happened if...?" The teacher's focus on prompting students to generate such questions primarily supports which comprehension strategy? We swiftly eliminate options containing bad words like "recall" and "identify," opting instead for choices emphasizing critical thinking and understanding.

Similarly, when faced with differentiating instruction methods, we prioritize options aligned with individualized support and strengths-based approaches, steering clear of distractors like standardized independent study programs.

Lastly, in assessing writing strategies, we prioritize options focusing on higher-order skills like critical thinking and clear expectations, rather than merely addressing grammar or time management.

In essence, mastering the good words, bad words strategy empowers test-takers to navigate questions with clarity and precision. By honing in on the language of the questions and strategically selecting answers, success becomes attainable.

So, whether you're preparing for standardized tests or classroom assessments, remember to wield the power of good words and bad words to your advantage.

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