It’s that time of the year that your child is coming home talking about taking the BIG test. Depending on where you live the test is named differently, such as, PSSA (in Pennsylvania, Georgia Milestones, or the New York State Exam. Whatever it is called the test is a standardized test. According to the Glossary of Education Reform, a standardized test is any form of test that (1) requires all test takers to answer the same questions, or a selection of questions from common bank of questions, in the same way, and that (2) is scored in a “standard” or consistent manner, which makes it possible to compare the relative performance of individual students or groups of students. With this upcoming test your child may develop anxiety because they have been told how important it is to do their best. So what can you do to help lower your child’s anxiety levels and have them be prepared?
Before the Test:
- The night before make sure your child gets a good night’s rest.
- Eat a healthy breakfast. Stay away from sugary items. It’s best to give your child food high in protein.
- Provide them with snacks to eat during their breaks such as water, mints, peanut butter or cheese crackers. Make sure to choose foods high in protein.
- Review test-taking skills and remind them of these great and important strategies:
– Identify important details in the questions.
– Predict before choosing their answer.
– Read all the answer choices and eliminate the ones they know are not right.
– Check over their work and answer choices if there still is time left.
After the Test
When your child gets home have something fun for them to do or give them a special treat each day of testing. Continue to encourage your child letting them know you’re proud of them and that they should be proud of themselves. They need to believe they have done their absolute best.
Written By: Tiffani Casurra, Staff Writer, Modern Domestic