Tips for Testing

Tips for Successful Student Testing

For Students: 

Preparing for Tests
  • Maintain good study habits. Do your class work
    • Have a clear understanding of homework assignments
    • Keep a record of assignments received and completed
    • Make a study schedule and follow it
    • Tell your students about your schoolwork and homework
    • Turn in homework on time
    • Stay on top of make-up assignments
    • Talk to your teacher if you need additional help
  • Use your past homework assignments, class notes, and review materials to study
  • Follow directions
  • Write down when your tests are in each class
  • Get a good night's rest and eat a healthy breakfast before testing!
During Tests
  • Pay careful attention to all directions
  • Read each passage and their accompanying questions
  • Read every possible answer before selecting one
  • Reread the passages when necessary for selecting an answer
  • Don't look for patterns in the correct answer letters
  • Don't make uneducated guesses! Try your best to eliminate any incorrect answer choices
  • Don't spend too much time on any one question
  • Skip difficult questions and remember to come back to them if there is time
  • If you skip a question, be sure to record the next answer on the correct place
  • Use any remaining time to go back to unanswered questions and check your answers
  • Keep up a good attitude! Think positively!
After Tests
  • Examine your incorrect answers and ask your teacher to explain your test score if needed
  • Congratulate yourself!
  • Identify areas of weakness to work on next time
  • Ask your teacher to suggest ways to or areas of study to help you perform better on your next test
Reducing Test Anxiety
  • Share your feelings of anxiety with your parents and teachers
  • Think of the test as an opportunity to show what you know
  • Review homework and materials pertaining to the test topic
  • Relax, breathe deeply, and stay focused
  • Remember, a test is only one way to measure your academic performance!

For Parents/Guardians:

Preparing for Testing
  • Note test dates on your home calendar; schedule any appointments on non-testing day
  • Encourage your student to take responsibility for their homework and study time and materials
  • Praise your student for work done well!
  • Encourage your student to ask questions, at school and at home
  • Get to know your student's teachers
  • Schedule and attend parent-teacher conferences
  • Confer with teachers on a regular basis for progress reports
  • Help your student gather test preparation materials
  • Assure your student that you value a good education
Testing Day
  • Make sure your student is rested and eats a healthy breakfast
  • Make sure your student has a relaxing morning and arrives at school on time
  • Encourage your student to do his or her best!
  • Do not send your student to school if they seem to be ill
  • Do not remove your student from school at any point on test days for appointments
After Testing
  • Examine all test reports sent home
  • Determine your student's areas of strengths and weaknesses
  • Praise your student's strengths and make a plan to address identified weaknesses
  • See your student's principal, counselor, or teacher if additional information is needed
Test Anxiety
  • Discuss the test openly and positively
  • Have realistic expectations of your student's performance while also encouraging his or her efforts
  • Let your student know that the test is only one measure of academic performance
  • Emphasize that test scores do not determine a person's worth

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