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Student Test Taking Strategies

1. READ THE ENTIRE QUESTION
It is very important that you take the time to read the entire question.

2. READ ALL OF THE ANSWER CHOICES

It is important to read and carefully consider all of the answer choices. Remember that for each question, you are looking for the BEST answer.

3. TRY EVERY ANSWER.

Try out every answer. By considering each answer, you can be more certain that you choose the BEST answer.

4. PROCESS OF ELIMINATION

If you don’t know the answer to a question, eliminate any answers that you know are incorrect.

5. GUESSING

Guessing should not be the first strategy you try. You should only guess after you have tried other strategies. By reading the question carefully, you may be able to eliminate one or two of the choices. Make your best guess by choosing the answer that makes the most sense to you.

6. CHECK YOUR WORK

Make sure you have answered every question. Never leave an answer bubble blank.

7. MATH

Read all problems carefully.

Look for key words, numbers, figures or graphs. Look carefully at all answers

Pay special attention to the operational signs!

Be confident

•Make a commitment to do your very best on the test.
•The key to success is to be prepared
•Realize that it is rare that anyone gets all answers correct.

 Be prepared physically

•On the day prior to the test, make sure you plan for a relaxing evening.
•Get plenty of rest the night before.
•Wear comfortable clothing—something you like and feel good wearing.
•Eat breakfast.
•If you wear glasses, clean them and don’t forget to wear them.

 Be prepared mentally

•Come to school with a positive attitude and clear your mind of all worries. RELAX!
•Avoid any activities that result in negative feelings.
•Disregard any “scare” statements by others.

Do Your Best

Listen to all directions, and make sure you ask questions if you do not understand instructions.
Remember SOL tests are untimed, so you can take your time.
Use tools and techniques to eliminate answers you know are wrong so you can narrow your choices and choose the best answer .
If you are sure you don’t know the answer, make an educated guess.
Once you have finished, review again to make sure you have answered every question. 

Being Mindful

•Being mindful means paying attention to the present moment, exactly as it is. It is really hard to be anxious if you are completely focused on the

 

A Simple Mindfulness Exercise

Three Senses

•Another helpful mindfulness trick is simply to notice what you are experiencing right now through three senses – sound, sight, touch. Take a few slow breaths and ask yourself:
a)What are three things I can hear?
b)What are three things I can see?
c)What are three things I can feel
•Think of these answers to yourself slowly, one sense at a time. It’s impossible to do this exercise and not be present and mindful!

 

Dealing With Test Anxiety

Here are some ways you can control your anxiety now and during the SOL Tests:

 

•Try to be in school every day. Your teachers are reviewing subjects that will be on the test. Being in class gives you a better chance to do your best and to ask questions about material.
•The SOL Tests are not timed. Relax and take your time.
•Answer the questions you know first. This will build your confidence. Skip the questions that are giving you trouble and go back to them later. You may write in the test book if you are taking the paper- pencil version so make a mark next to any question you skip.
•Take a break for a few seconds. Take a deep breath (don’t forget to let it out!) Change your position. Stretch. Make sure that you do this quietly, then go back to taking the test.
•Remember that there is no prize for finishing first.
•Be considerate of other test takers. Be careful not to make any disturbing noises or motions.

Tips for Parents to help their child

 

•Set aside time every day for your child to do homework. Review your child's homework when you can.
•Set up a designated area for your child to study.
•Know when the SOL tests are given. Mark these dates on your family calendar.
•Help your child keep the tests in perspective. It's one indication of student achievement- not the measure by how we determine whether or not your child is worthy.
•Display a positive attitude about the SOL tests. Help your child understand that tests are a part of school and life.
•Set the alarm clock so you can awake early and avoid having to rush in the morning.

Be your child's number one achievement cheerleader!



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