Archive for Thursday, March 9, 2006

Test-taking tips offered

March 9, 2006

Lansing Intermediate School counselor Marianne Walker provided fourth- and fifth-grade students with a handout listing test-taking tips. Some suggestions were:

¢ Listen to the teacher's instructions.

¢ Read the directions carefully.

¢ Read all the choices before answering.

¢ Answer the questions you're sure of first.

¢ Pace yourself - don't spend too much time on one question.

¢ Review your answers.

¢ Take slow, deep breaths if you feel yourself getting tense.

¢ Think positively: You can do it.

¢ Stay focused. Don't look around the room to see what others are doing.

¢ Don't panic if others finish before you.

¢ Bring pencils and scratch paper to the test.

¢ If you can't remember the story you've read, read it again and look for key words.

¢ If the question is too hard, skip it and come back later. Then take a good guess.

¢ If you don't know the meaning of some words in the passage, take a guess or skip them and keep reading.

¢ If you can't finish in the time allotted, read more quickly, look for key words and don't spend too much time on hard words or hard questions.

A Web site, TestTakingTips.com, offered advice for parents when their children are testing:

¢ Encourage children to do well, but don't pressure them.

¢ Keep a positive attitude about tests.

¢ Mark down test days on your calendar so you and your child are both aware of testing dates.

¢ Make sure children get enough sleep on the night before the test.

¢ Ensure children eat a healthy breakfast. Avoid heavy foods that may make them groggy, and avoid high-sugar foods that may make them hyper.

¢ Make sure children get up early enough so they will be on time to school.

¢ Talking about the test with your child can relieve stress about test taking.

¢ If your child is struggling on their tests, talk to them about it and meet with their teacher to find out the best way to help your child.

¢ Praise or reward children when they do well on a test or for their hard work preparing for a test.

¢ Encourage them to do better if they don't do well.

¢ Review the test with your child after they have taken it and go over any mistakes they have made and make sure that they understand what they did wrong and how they can improve for the next test.

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