Standardized Testing Teaching Tips
Standardized tests can be very stressful for children. Here,
therefore, are some tips for parents and children that may help.
Before the Test...for Parents and Children
1. Have children study every night during the year so they will
understand the material as their teacher is presenting it. Clear
up any confusion as they go. This will make them confident in
their knowledge and lead to a review for the test rather than to
learning new information.
2. The night before the test, do something that is fun to help
keep them calm. All their heavy studying should be complete by
3. Of course, they should get a good night's sleep, eat a
healthy breakfast, and leave for school with a positive attitude
and confidence in themselves. Parents, that's where you can help
immensely! Wish your children luck, give them a high five, let
them know you believe in them...whatever it takes to lessen the
4. Pupils should ask their teacher if guessing will hurt their
score. Sometimes, students are penalized for guessing.
5. Both children and parents, remember... no one is expected to
make 100%! All that children can do is their best. Encourage
them to do so.
During the Test...for Children
1. Read to understand each question carefully. Then read ALL the
choices you are given.
2. Monitor your time. If you get stuck on a question, do not
spend too much time on it. Concentrate on answering the
questions you know for sure and then go back to the others if
there is more time. REMEMBER: If you do this, put your answer in
the right space on the bubble sheet! You should already know if
guessing will hurt you.
3. If you get nervous, shut your eyes, take a deep breath, and
let it out slowly.
I hope these suggestions are useful. GOOD LUCK!!