You can assist your child to prepare for testing by doing the following:
· Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep before a test, and make sure your child eats properly the day of a test.
· Maintain a pleasant home environment and avoid unnecessary conflicts. Try to make the morning of the test a pleasant one. Do not add to your child’s stress.
· Make sure your child has taken any needed medication.
· Ensure that your child is present during testing (children generally perform better when taking tests in their groups rather than at a make-up time).
· Get your child to school on time the day of the test.
· Wish your child good luck each morning of the test. Tell your child that he/she is special and that you believe in him/her!
· Remind your child the test is important. Encourage him/her to do his/her best.
· If your child is too ill to attend, please call the school office.
· If the test is on a subject for which you can review (such as a spelling test), help your child go over the material.
· Remind your child to listen carefully to the instructions from the teacher and to read the directions and each question carefully.
· Explain to your child the importance of using time wisely. If your child gets stuck on a question, encourage him or her to make the best guess and move on.
· Tell your child to attempt to answer all of the questions and not to leave any blank.
· Encourage your child to stay focused on the test, even if other students finish early.
· If your child is disappointed after taking a test, reassure him or her that there will be plenty of opportunities to improve and succeed.