A Good Night of Zzz's
Your child may find his first encounter with a standardized or "big" test nerve-wracking,
but there's no need for either of you to panic. A little bit of background
information and a few important tips can help ease those test-taking jitters.
Tips from Bradford, age 9, 4th grade
· Do your homework -- you do better on tests when you do your homework.
· Eat blue M&M's before the quiz -- this brings good luck and makes you smarter.
· Take a deep breath, relax, and think, "I can do this" while taking the test.
Tips from Taylor, age 10, 5th grade
· Study the day before the test so you don't forget everything.
· Don't get too nervous because tests usually aren't as hard as you think.
Tips from Damian, age 13, 8th grade
· Plan a definite study time.
· When you have a lot of other homework, study for the test FIRST -- it's most
· Don't get too worried about every test.
· Don't wait to learn everything until five minutes before the test.
· Look at the review sections at the ends of the chapters in the books -- they're
· If the teacher gives you a study guide, consider it a gift and use it.
Tips from Barbara Callaghan, Teacher
Before the test:
· Get a good night's sleep, and eat a wholesome breakfast.
· Dress comfortably.
· Be on time to school.
· Have all necessary materials (pen, pencil, calculator, etc.).
· Avoid stressful situations prior to testing.
During the test:
· Listen to and read instructions carefully. Make sure you understand them.
· If you have a question, ASK. Other kids probably have the same question.
· Answer questions completely and with detail.
· Check to be sure you haven’t skipped anything, and proofread your answers.
· Don’t let other test-takers distract you. It doesn’t matter who finishes first.
· If you finish early, go back and proof your answers again. But don't change
anything unless you’re sure. Studies show that the first answer you choose is
usually the right one!
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