Our top tips for taking standardized tests

Chances are good that your child will be taking one form or another standardized test during the school year. Whether it be DSTP, Terra-Nova, SATs, or general placement tests, this situation is bound to arise at least once. Here are some tips to help your child get ready.

If your child seems nervous or anxious, ask the teacher for some relaxation tips or implement some that you already know.

Try not to plan any appointments on testing days and make sure your child is present. Having to deal with make up dates can be stressful.

Tell your child to listen carefully to the test-taking directions and ask any questions before testing begins.

Be sure that your child is well-rested and gets a good night’s sleep prior to test days.

See that your child eats his/her normal breakfast on test days. Hunger can cause poor performance. Brain and body need to re-fuel in the morning.

Be positive and encourage your child to do his/her best.

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