“I love taking tests!” said no one in the history of ever. Although studying for and taking tests may feel like a drag, they do serve an important purpose: tests allow teachers to evaluate their students’ progress, the degree to which they have learned the material, and discover any weak spots. Test-taking may not be a strong skill in all students, so we’ve compiled a list of ways for your student to take them more effectively!
What you can do to help your student prepare:
- Have your student get a good night’s sleep the night before the test so they remain alert for the day.
- If your student’s test relies on memorization, such as a spelling test, then you can help by reviewing the material with them beforehand. If it’s a math test, have your student master practice problems.
- Offer your student words of encouragement before they take their test. Positive affirmations can go a long way!
- Have a complete breakfast before school. It’s easier to focus when your student is well energized for the day.
Things for your student to keep in mind when taking tests:
- Relax! Breathe and don’t overthink.
- Read all instructions on the test carefully.
- Reread all the questions to gain a more thorough understanding.
- Be sure to read ALL the answer choices including the long ones. Eliminate any answers that don’t make sense or are definitely incorrect.
- The answer that sticks out to your student first is usually the right one. Trust your instincts!
- Be on the lookout for keywords such as “all,” “always,” “never,” “only,” and “best.”
- Use context clues to help define any unfamiliar words in the question.
- For reading tests, read the questions before reading the actual passage. This can help give an idea of what information to be on the lookout for.
Is your student ready for their test now?
Tests don’t need to be a painstaking experience like students often think. Keep all these tips in mind and your student should be able to survive their tests with their maximum potential!