Test Taking Tips

State-wide is becoming a critical issue in today's schools. Whether we agree with the how, when or why of testing, we need to face the fact that it's being required and our kids need to do well on the tests. We hope that you find these Survival Tips helpful.
*      Be a cheerleader! Let your children know that they have many strengths and weaknesses but when it comes to taking a test, the best thing they can do is to try their hardest!
*      Provide a note of encouragement each morning of the test. A simple expression of praise or encouragement can go a long way.
*      Help your child manage any stress they may feel about the test.
*      Help them see the test within the “big picture”. A test is a snapshot of the student’s performance on a particular day. Knowing this might help students feel less stress about the test.
*      Talk to your child about ways to manage stress about the test. Specific techniques include- thinking in a positive way about their performance on the test, visualizing themselves doing well on the test, helping them learn test-taking strategies. (see below)
*      Review good test-taking practices with your child. Remind your child to:
· Read the directions and make sure they understand the directions before beginning a test section and to ask questions about any directions that are unclear.
· Avoid spending too much time on one question. If they find themselves stumped by a question they may want to skip it and move on, they can return to it once they have finished the rest of the test section.
· Work at their own pace and ignore students around them who seem to be working faster or who may finish the test early.
· Go back and check their work, check it again if time permits.
*      Let your child know that all state tests are designed where some questions are easy and others difficult; students are not expected to know all the answers.
*      Do not plan activities that will take your children away from school on testing days.
*      Talk to your child about the testing and then forget about them for a while. It will be several months before the results are made available.
*      Mark down test days on your calendar so you and your child are both aware of testing dates.
*      Make sure that your child gets enough sleep on the night before the test.
*      Ensure that your child eats a healthy breakfast and avoid heavy foods that may make him/her groggy and avoid high sugar foods that may make him/her hyper.
*      Make sure that your child gets up early enough so that he/she will be on time to school.
*      Let your child relax for a few hours before bedtime, it can be stressful for a child to study all night.
*      Talking about the test with your child can relieve stress about test taking.
*      Praise/reward your child when they do well on a test or for their hard work preparing for a test.

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