How can I help my child do better on tests?
In the months preceding the test:
  • Find out when the test are to be given. Write the date and time on your calendar. Avoid scheduling appointments or trips during these times.
  • Ask the teacher what you can do at home. Before some state tests, the teacher might ask you to review math facts or social studies terms, for example.
  • Encourage your child to read. The easiest and best way to prepare your child for doing well on tests is to read often.

  • Right before the test:
  • Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep. Provide a good breakfast.
  • Have your child dress in layers - kids do better on tests if they don't have to think about how hot or cold they are.
  • Don't be too anxious. Say, "This test is important. I know you will try hard and do your best." Your confidence will be contagious.
  • On the day of the test, give your child these tips:
  • * Skip a question and move on if you don't know the answer. You can always come back later. Maybe you will be ready to answer that question then.
    * Check your answers carefully. Make sure the numbers of your answers correspond to the numbers of the questions on the test.


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