Test Taking Tips and Strategies For Success

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Apr 5, 2015 11:31:49 PM

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Tests in life are a reality. Starting at a young age, educators and parents can teach students valuable strategies that can help them to master the test.

Get Sleep

People of all ages need to be well rested prior to taking a test or exam. Being tired increases the chances of making errors on the exam. Teach students to go to bed early and get some rest.

Practice The Test Format

Being familiar with the testing format increases test scores and creates positive test outcomes. Teachers can practice questions in a format that is similar to the way the students will be tested.

For more information and practice test questions, visit the Smarter Balanced website. Smarter Balanced Test Information provides detailed information and sample questions.

Know The Key Vocabulary

Well prepared students are familiar with the the words that they will encounter on the test. Teaching students the most common words and phrases that are on the test, is of great benefit to them, and their test scores!

  • alternate

occurring or succeeding by terms

  • argument

a reason for or against something

  • assess

to determine the importance, size, or value of

  • claim

to state as a fact

  • clarify

to make or become more readily understandable, clear

  • cohesion

the action of sticking together tightly

  • connect

explain how ideas in a selection are similar/links to other texts and the real world

  • context clues

words around an unknown word that help you figure out that word's meaning

  • credible

deserving to be believed

  • evidence

something that furnishes proof

  • formal

something distinguished

  • opposing

to place over or against something for contrast

  • relevant

relation to the matter at hand

  • sufficient

enough to meet the needs of a situation

  • sound

free from flaw, defect, or decay

Resources To Help Educators Prepare For Standardized Testing

Students will love to read these colorful and engaging titles. These books offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Educators can utilize the teacher's guides to assist in planning. Big Universe offers thousands of titles in many different languages on a multitude of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts on the Big Universe website.

The Big Test
BigTest by Julie Danneberg (author), Judy Love (illustrator) (illustrator) © 2011
ISBN: 9781580893619 AR: Book Level 3.1 / Quiz 144023

Mrs. Hartwell is preparing her class to take the Big Test. Knowing they have studied and are well-prepared, she helps the students practice how to sit quietly, fill in the bubbles, and follow the directions. She even instructs them on proper morning-of-the-test nutrition. As her students grow increasingly anxious about the Big Test, Mrs. Hartwell realizes she has to teach the most valuable test-taking skill of all: learning to relax!

 

TestPrep1Standardized Test Prep 1
by Frishman Co. (author) © 2003
ISBN: 9781602915084

The reproducible activities in this series prepare students to take assessments in reading, language arts, math, science, and social studies. The exercises have tips on how to approach various types of problems and provide step-by-step examples, helping the anxious test-taker gain confidence. Easier activities in the first title lead to more challenging activities in the second. The Enhanced eBook edition available gives you the freedom to cut and paste any portion of the text into your own document; to project the eBook contents on a whiteboard; and more! Topics Include: multiple meaning words, prefixes, main idea, predicting outcomes, area, volume, mass, ecosystems, energy, and more…

 

Standardized Test Prep 2
by Frishman Co. (author) © 2003
ISBN: 9781602915091TestPrep2

The reproducible activities in this series prepare students to take assessments in reading, language arts, math, science, and social studies. The exercises have tips on how to approach various types of problems and provide step-by-step examples, helping the anxious test-taker gain confidence. Easier activities in the first title lead to more challenging activities in the second. The Enhanced eBook edition available gives you the freedom to cut and paste any portion of the text into your own document; to project the eBook contents on a whiteboard; and more! Topics Include: using context clues, plot summary, making inferences, combining sentences, correcting fragments, estimation, operations, and more…

 

 

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