Testing Helps
"How can I help my child prepare for and do well on a test?"
This is a question that, as teachers, we are asked a lot! The best thing you can do is to discuss with your child what they are learning in class each day. Ensure that your student is doing their homework, and understands the concept(s) being taught/reviewed. Watch for vocabulary/spelling/ information lists or study guides from the teacher. Ask your child when they will be having a test on the material and then set a goal to study/review each night.
We want learning to be a life long event, not a "memorize for a test and forget it" event! Below are some resources to help you help your student succeed.
Above all, remember that your attitude affects them greatly. Make positive comments about what they are learning. Be willing to let your student be the "teacher" while you are the "student". Thanks parents, your involvement DOES make a difference.

Links to Visit:
TestTakingTips.com (Student Helps)
TestTakingTips.com (Parent Helps)
Standardized Test Tips (Links to helpful articles and sites)

Articles to Read:

Great tips from: www.teachervision.fen.com

Top Ten Test-Taking Tips for Students

Here are the top ten tips to success!
1. Have a Positive Attitude
Approach the big test as you'd approach a giant jigsaw puzzle. It might be tough, but you can do it! A positive attitude goes a long way toward success.

2. Make a Plan
The week before the test, ask your teacher what the test is going to cover. Is it from the textbook only? Class notes? Can you use your calculator? If you've been absent, talk to friends about material you may have missed. Make a list of the most important topics to be covered and use that as a guide when you study. Circle items that you know will require extra time. Be sure to plan extra time to study the most challenging topics.

3. The Night Before
Cramming doesn't work. If you've followed a study plan, the night before the test you should do a quick review and get to bed early. Remember, your brain and body need sleep to function well, so don't stay up late!

4. The Morning of the Test
Did you know that you think better when you have a full stomach? So don't skip breakfast the morning of the test. Get to school early and do a ten-minute power study right before the test, so your brain is turned on and tuned up.

5. Test Time
Before the test begins, make sure you have everything you'll need - scratch paper, extra pencils, your calculator (if you're allowed to use it). Understand how the test is scored: Do you lose points for incorrect answers? Or is it better to make guesses when you're not sure of the answer? Read the instructions! You want to make sure you are marking answers correctly.

6. Manage Your Time
Scan through the test quickly before starting. Answering the easy questions first can be a time saver and a confidence builder. Plus, it saves more time in the end for you to focus on the hard stuff.

7. I'm Stuck!
Those tricky problems can knock you off balance. Don't get worried or frustrated. Reread the question to make sure you understand it, and then try to solve it the best way you know how. If you're still stuck, circle it and move on. You can come back to it later. What if you have no idea about the answer? Review your options and make the best guess you can, but only if you don't lose points for wrong answers.

8. Multiple-Choice Questions
The process of elimination can help you choose the correct answer in a multiple-choice question. Start by crossing off the answers that couldn't be right. Then spend your time focusing on the possible correct choices before selecting your answer.

9. Neatness Counts
If your 4s look like 9s, it could be a problem. Be sure that your writing is legible and that you erase your mistakes. For machine-scored tests, fill in the spaces carefully.

10. I'm Done!
Not so fast - when you complete the last item on the test, remember that you're not done yet. First, check the clock and go back to review your answers, making sure that you didn't make any careless mistakes (such as putting the right answer in the wrong place or skipping a question). Spend the last remaining minutes going over the hardest problems before you turn in your test.

Follow these test tips, and you'll know you did your best - congratulations!

Great tips from: www.western.edu

Study Skills


Be Prepared

No matter what other tips you may read and use, nothing can take the place of studying on a regular basis.

Do your Homework

Homework and assignments are meant to give you the practice and knowledge you will need for an exam. Often exam questions are based on what you have already read and completed.

Review Regularly

Avoid cramming by studying and reviewing each day. Review notes, homework, and reading for a few moments every day. Quiz yourself and start the studying process early. Study key terms, definitions, examples, lists, diagrams, and charts. Pay particular attention to items your professor emphasizes in class.

Ask for Help

There are many resources available to help you succeed. Ask your instructor if you don't understand something. Form a study group. Check out the services available in the Academic Support Center including peer tutoring, study skills assistance, and advising.

Understand vs Memorize

Memorization techniques can be helpful if there are a lot of facts to remember. However, it is best to truly learn and understand the material.

Attend all Classes

It is easy to get behind and miss vital information by skipping classes. If you must miss a class, arrange to copy someone's notes or even tape the lecture (with instructor's permission.)

Control Anxiety During the Test

Arrive early. Get settled, relax, and give yourself time to organize your thoughts. Listen carefully to all instructions before beginning. Quickly review the test. Answer the easiest questions first. If you get stuck on a question, leave it and go back to it later. If you have no idea of an answer, remain calm, try to recall what you do know and use other test questions to give you clues. If you do become anxious take a moment to relax. Close your eyes, take deep breaths and concentrate on relaxing your body.

Get Plenty of Sleep and Eat Well Before A Test

Feeling rested and eating a balanced diet will go a long way in relieving stress symptoms.

Hints for Specific Types of Test...

Remember, these are general tips that may be helpful. There is not a magic hint or formula that will help you with each and every test. Studying and preparing well are always your best bet.

Multiple Choice Tests:

  1. Try to answer the question before looking at the answers.
  2. Read through the entire test and answer those questions you know first.
  3. Rephrase the question in your own words.
  4. Eliminate the choices you know are incorrect and choose your answer from the remaining selection.
  5. Sometimes the answer to one question is revealed in other test questions. Skip any questions you don't know and maybe the answer will become clear later.

True-False Questions:

  1. Generally, there are more true than false statements.
  2. If part of a statement is true and part of it is false, then the answer is false.
  3. Statements with qualifiers (sometimes, seldom, rarely, most) tend to be true.


  1. Because the lists don't always match evenly, review the entire section before beginning.
  2. Start with the easiest matches first. Cross out matches as you use them to eliminate confusion.

Essay Tests:

  1. Read directions carefully. Notice whether you must answer all the questions and whether your test time is limited.
  2. Read all questions before beginning. If you can select questions to answer, choose those for which you are best prepared.
  3. Answer the easiest questions first. This will help you feel confident and reduce anxiety.