Testing Tips and Helpful Hints

  • Make sure your child gets plenty of rest the night before tests.
  • Make sure your child doesn’t go to bed or comes to school angry or upset.
  • Have your child present and ON TIME for school.
  • Don’t get up late and have your child rushed and flustered when arriving at school.
  • See that your child has a well-rounded diet.  A healthy body leads to a healthy, active mind.  The week of test, be sure your child eats a healthy breakfast.  (Not too much sugar)
  • Have your child dress in something that makes him/her feel good and is comfortable.  (Pants, shirts, shoes not too tight)
  • Try not to be overly anxious about test scores.  Too much emphasis on test scores can be upsetting to children.
  • Give your child encouragement!  Praise him/her for the things he/she does well.
  • Encourage your child to pay attention, listen carefully and follow directions during the test.
    -Read each question carefully.
    -Read all answers choices carefully.
    -Read the questions, then the passage.
    -If you don’t know the answer, eliminate the obviously wrong answers.
    -If you guess, stick with your first choice.
    -Pace yourself.  Do not spend too much time on any one question.
    -Do not leave any answers blank.
    -Use scratch paper and check your answers.
    -Bubble correctly.  Make horizontal marks across the center.  Then circle the outer edges of  the bubble making sure it is completely blackened.
    -Mark the answer sheet correctly.  Make sure the number of the question you are on and the number of the answer sheet match.

If your child is feeling anxious about the test- Tell them…

  • Quietly take a deep breath - (in through your nose, out through your mouth)
  • Tell yourself, “I can do this!”
  • Remember-
    YOU (the parent) set the tone the morning of the test!   BE POSITIVE!
  • Set clothes out the night before down to the smallest details. 
  • Have backpack ready to go by the door.  
  • Discuss what breakfast your child wants the night before. 


Last Modified on October 10, 2011