Eleven Tips to Help Your Child Prepare for Tests
Brought to you by the American School Counselor Association
To help children prepare adequately for tests (whether teacher-made or
standardized), you can do several things to provide support and create a
positive test-taking experience.
- The best way to prepare for tests is to study, know the work, and take the
- If your child is nervous at test time, ask her teacher for tips on helping
- Make sure that your child is in school during the testing sessions. Do not
plan any doctor or dental appointments on test dates.
- Make sure that you are aware of your child's performance and that you can
help interpret the results when they become available.
- Remember to keep well-informed about your child's tests. Know how test
results are used, and how they will affect your child's placement in school.
- If there are major differences between standardized test scores and school
grades, find out why.
- Encourage your child to study over a period of time rather than "cram" the
- Encourage your child to listen carefully to all test-taking directions
given by the teacher and to ask questions about any directions that are
- See that your child gets his/her regular amount of sleep before the tests
and is well-rested.
- Make sure that your child eats his/her usual breakfast on the day of the
test. Hunger can detract from a good test performance.
- Encourage your child to do his/her best.
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