Test Taking Preparation Tips for Parents:
- Have your child get a good night's rest the night before the test. Students should start going to bed earlier several weeks before the test. Getting at least nine hours per night of sleep is the recommended amount for Intermediate aged children. Do not wait until the night before to try to get them to bed early.
- Make sure your child eats breakfast. Studies show students need good nutrition to concentrate and perform their best. Hunger can affect test performance.
- Go over a couple of practice questions each day. You can download old tests straight from ODE at http://portal.success-ode-state-oh-us.info/
- Talk about wrong answers and have them explain to you why they feel their answer is correct. This has proven to be an effective strategy.
- Have them read the questions before reading the comprehension story. This will help them stay focused on the questions while they read.
- Try the process of elimination if they're not sure of the answer. It's a good idea to try to eliminate the answers that they know are definitely wrong.
- Make sure your child is at school on testing days. Do not schedule doctor or dentist appointments on test dates.
- Encourage your child to listen carefully to all test-taking directions given by the teacher and to ask questions about any directions that are unclear. Encourage your child to do his/her best.