1. Eat it: During testing week, make sure children are eating hearty meals both at night and in the morning. Meals high in protein will help students feel full through the morning so that they're able to concentrate better on the test.
2. Free food: Carlos Gilbert Elementary will be serving breakfast to all students taking the test in 3rd through 6th grades before the test.
3. Sleep on it: Making sure your child gets a good night's rest will help them better focus on materials and think more clearly through test questions.
4. Make it a routine: A week or so before testing begins, get your children on a routine. Eat dinner at a regular time, get them to bed earlier at a consistent time and then get them to school just a little earlier in the morning. Carry that through test week. With a routine in place, test week will seem less intense for both you and your child.
5. Talk about it: Talking to your child about the testing and what it involves can help relieve some of the stress inherent to the process.
6. Not a know-it-all: Reassure your children that they're not expected to know everything that appears on the test. Encourage them to simply to do their best and work hard through the testing.
7. Show it off: While they may not know all the answers, tell the kids the standardized test is a great chance for them to show off just what they do know. Help them to see it as a chance to shine rather than a chore to endure.
8. Practice the process: Standardized tests are designed to be comprehensive, so cramming the night before won't do much good. However, parents can give their kids test-like practice questions or writing assignments to work through at home. That way they'll be more familiar with the test's format and more confident going into it.
9. Make it fun: Surprise your child with something to boost morale or to alleviate stress, like a testing survival kit - a small package of goodies your child can take to school.
Talk with your child about the test itself:
- Keep a positive attitude. If you are nervous, take a few deep breaths.
- Follow directions and ask questions if you don’t understand the directions.
- Pace yourself and read the entire question.
- Try to answer the easier questions first.
- If you don’t know the answer, skip it and go on with the rest of the test and come back to it later.
- When looking at a difficult question, try to eliminate some of the choices, and then choose the best answer.
- Try to answer every question.
- When answering a question, be sure the number on the answer sheet matches the number of the question you are working on.
- Don’t worry if others finish before you; focus on the test in front of you.