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Test-Taking Tips for Elementary Students

Tests are important because they help the teacher evaluate a student’s needs and progress, the student gauge his or her own level of mastery, and the parent monitor his or her child’s progress.

Tips to give your child about taking tests:

§       Relax. Just do the best you can.

§       Your first choice is usually correct. Don't change an answer unless you have a good reason to do so.

§        Be aware of key words such as "all," "now," "always," "never," "only," "exactly."

§       Watch for negative words like "not," "no," "never."

§       Look for information in some of the questions. This information may help you answer other questions.

You can assist your child prepare for testing by doing the following:

§         Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep before a test, and make sure your child eats properly the day of a test.

§          Maintain a pleasant home environment and avoid unnecessary conflicts. Try to make the morning of the test a pleasant one. Do not add to your child’s stress.

§         Make sure your child has taken any needed medication.

§         Ensure that your child is present during testing (children generally perform better when taking tests in their groups rather than at a make-up time)

§          Get your child to school on time the day of the test.

§          Wish your child good luck each morning of the test. Tell your child that he/she is special and that you believe in him/her!

§          Remind your child the test is important. Encourage him/her to do his/her best.

§          If your child is too ill to attend, please call the school office.

§         Remind your child to listen carefully to the instructions from the teacher and to read the directions and each question carefully.

§         Encourage your child to stay focused on the test, even if other students finish early.


Parent Websites


If you have questions about the MAP or Missouri Assessment Program there are several websites you can go to. There are also sites that offer advice about preparing your children for standardized testing. Several links are offered. 


Please remember that if you have any questions you can also contact your child’s teacher. He or she will be happy to answer all of your questions and concerns.


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Teacher Websites

There are several great websites for teachers. They include sites about testing, skill building, and lesson plans.


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Student Websites


You can practice your skills and learn more about the MAP with links to several fun sites.


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Library Resources

There are many great resources in our library to help in communication arts, math, science and instruction. 


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Please contact Lisa Puller at West County Elementary if you have any suggestions, comments or concerns about this site.

To the best of my knowledge, the websites on this webpage are appropriate. Always monitor your children while they are on the internet. Never allow them to go more than 2 clicks past any link.

You can reach me at 573-562-7558 or email me at Please type "MAP Site" in the subject heading.


Thank you!