To be most supportive of their children as they face an array of
standardized testing during their school years, parents need to make sure they are
appropriate in their own attitudes about test-taking and that they are not placing overt
or undue pressure on their children. Often a parent's past experience with testing,
especially when bad, will project very negative or worried attitudes that are easily
transferable to their child. It is important to deal with testing issues in a positive way
because negative reflections from a parent can seriously affect a child's test
Below are a number of test-taking tips and techniques for the student that are shared by
the educational professionals and testing experts at myaliflaila.com to help children
perform to their best ability on standardized tests
Whenever possible and as often as possible -- practice with similar sample
tests beforehand to familiarize yourself with the testing formats and directions.
Make certain you are aware of the conditions -- the environment, the setting, the
timing, the supplies you are expected to bring (i.e., pencils, calculator, etc.),
opportunities for breaks and snack availability for whatever test you will be
Be aware of how to monitor your emotional reactions such as worry, stress, fear
or panic and be armed with techniques to get those feelings under control.
Talk with your peers or with older students to share test-taking strategies
discussing those strategies that work and those that don't.
Don't cram the night before. Pace your studying over the course of days or even
weeks (when it is a test for which you can study.) Preparation is key. By preparing over
time, you will become more comfortable with the information.
After studying over a period of time, review the material the night before. Relax
and eat well at dinner. Don't change your routine because that will affect how you
good night's sleep and start with a good breakfast.
2. During the Test
directions carefully and critically.
time. Ideally you want to go through the test at least three times: a first pass at what
you know easily, a second pass to work through the toughies, and a final check.
items on the first pass, but keep in mind your budgeted time per question so you can
determine your pace accurately.
items carefully and critically, and read all answers before choosing one, comparing them
to the answer you have already formulated in your head.
questions, underline key words, or try to restate the question in your own words.
process of elimination to your benefit. Look for cues in the question itself or the types
of answers given.
answers only after thoughtful consideration, not just because you were unsure the first
answers against your answer sheet. Erase stray or misleading marks.
Use the test
itself to help you get to the answers; sometimes the answer or a cue that triggers your
memory is in another question. Use a marking system to know which questions you need to
come back to; cross off answers as you eliminate them so you do not have to reread them
upon return. Use a question mark for uncertain answers, a dot or frown face for questions
on which you had no clue. Be sure to erase stray marks on computer-scored tests.
for careless mistakes, skipped questions, and/or misinterpretation of directions.
relaxation techniques such as taking five deep breaths or counting down to 10 if
you find yourself becoming tense or freezing.
especially if there is no penalty for wrong answers. Credit is never given for a blank.
yourself "I am a good test taker." Confidence is half the battle.