As the school year winds to a close, many kids have to take standardized tests as part of their end-of-year assessments. Depending on your school district, these tests might include math, reading, language, science, and other subjects and take several days to complete.
In our family, we don’t take standardized tests until third grade. But this year is the first time that my kids have been in public school, so we’ve had to take a slightly different approach to helping them manage standardized testing. Here are a few tips that have worked for us!
Tips to Help Kids with Standardized Testing
1. Review the material in advance.
It seems like a no-brainer, but a lot of kids go into tests unprepared because they don’t take time to review the material that will be on the exam. In class, they might get a chance to go over most of the information, but they may need additional time for the areas that are a particular source of confusion for them.
My oldest daughter is a reading machine, but math gives her trouble. So we make time to review math more than reading, since that’s her weak spot.
2. Practice test-taking strategies.
Standardized tests are (often) filled with tricky questions that can fool a child into choosing the wrong answer. To help kids make sense of test questions, it’s good to teach them a few test-taking strategies such as the importance of checking answers or reading questions twice before answering.
3. Encourage kids to rest well and eat a good breakfast.
No matter how well they study, kids can totally bomb on a test if they don’t eat or sleep well the night before. Make sure kids get in bed at a reasonable time the night before an exam and then get up in time to have a filling, nutritious breakfast. Trying to concentrate on a multiple choice test while your stomach is rumbling can be extremely difficult. 🙂
Do you have any tips for helping kids with standardized testing? Share your pointers in the comments!