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Testing Season: Tips and Tricks to Prepare your Children

Ease test anxiety with these tips and tricks!

March 19, 2022

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The end of the school year means field trips, school carnivals, and standardized tests. While most end-of-the-year activities are fun and exciting, the standardized tests, like a lot of tests, bring stress and anxiety to so many students and parents. You can help ease the anxiety by preparing your child before taking the test and supporting them after they finish.

Before the test:

Help with homework.
Slow and steady wins the race! Prepare all year by ensuring your child is grasping the concepts they are learning. Help with homework, and note areas your child may be struggling. Communicate these concerns with their teacher, and help your child get what they need to be successful.

Read together.
Read together daily; it has enormous benefits! In terms of test-taking, not only will your child’s knowledge and vocabulary expand, but you can practice reading comprehension by talking about what they read and asking open-ended questions.

Talk about the test.
Don’t let the test come as a surprise. Talk about the test and its purpose. Explain its importance while also reminding your child that it is only one way they can show what they know. Don’t stress about it too much, and be sure to instill confidence in them.

Practice test-taking and relaxation strategies.
Test-taking strategies always come in handy. Explain to your child if they don’t know an answer, it is okay to skip it and come back to it. If the question is multiple choice, cross-out the answers they know are wrong first. Always go with their initial answer. Research shows, the majority of the time, when an answer is changed, it is changed to an incorrect response. Breathing and relaxation techniques are also beneficial before and during the test.

On test day:

Get a good night’s sleep.
Go to bed early, and make sure your child gets a full night’s rest. If your child is too tired, they will have trouble focusing.

Eat breakfast.
When morning comes, start your morning routine a few minutes earlier than normal. This ensures there will be no rushing around, gives your child time to relax and eat, and allows you the opportunity to build them up during breakfast. Eating a good breakfast will fuel your child for test day and keep them focused on the test and not their growling bellies.

After the test:

Celebrate together!
They did it! No matter what the end result or score is, your child just sat through hours of testing—that alone is something to celebrate! Go out for ice cream, order a pizza, have a movie night, or let them pick how they want to celebrate.

Remember, this test is not the end all be all to your child’s education. With your support and involvement, your child’s future will be bright beyond this test and its results!



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