A Guide for Students and Families - Test-taking tips
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A Guide for Students and Families

Test-taking tips

  • Make sure that your child does all daily school work, homework and reading assignments so your child will know what she is being tested on.
  • Spread out test preparation over a number of days so that your child won't be forced to cram the night before a test. Make sure that he gets enough sleep before a test.
  • You may be nervous or worried about your child taking a test, but try to be calm around your child. You don't want her to be nervous too.
  • Encourage your child to do well, but don't pressure him. You may stress him out, and it is important for your child to stay relaxed before and during a test.
  • Provide a quiet, well-lighted area with few distractions for your child to study in.
  • Mark test days on your calendar so you and your child are both aware of testing dates.
  • Your child needs to eat a healthy breakfast before taking a test. Avoid heavy foods that may make her sleepy and avoid high sugar foods that may make her hyper.
  • Make sure that your child gets up early enough to get to school on time and is relaxed.
  • If your child is struggling with test taking, talk to him about it and meet with the teacher to find out the best way to help your child.

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