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Test Prep Tips?

Apr 5, 2013 8:23am

Teachers all across our district working hard to ensure their students are prepared for upcoming standardized tests. What test-prep tips or strategies have you found to be successful?

  • English Language Arts / Math / Science / Social Studies
  • 3-12
  • Assessment


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    • Apr 10, 2013 9:28pm

      I always make sure that we work on test taking strategies from the first day of school. That way, strategies such as eliminating wrong answers, proving your answers, and highlighting key parts of the text are not foreign to them. These strategies become second nature.

      • Apr 8, 2013 7:32pm

        I give them copies of previous year's tests and try to replicate the type of environment they will be in. I teach them about the length of the test, the format, strategies for answering each type of question, etc... Also, I do a little test-prep pep rally the night before when I remind them to eat a healthy breakfast, get a good night's sleep, etc... Right before the test, it's about reducing anxiety and helping them realize that if they work hard, they will be fine. There is no use in cramming for standardized tests. Instead, make students feel comfortable and confident and they'll work hard for you.

        Good luck!

        • Apr 15, 2013 1:35pm

          Have them create their own quiz.

          Check out my site at where students create their own calendar, Common Core Goals, and create their own online quizzes.

          You can even track their goals and IEP'S!

          There is also a math video when you visit my calendar at

          • Apr 20, 2013 1:24pm

            I have used old test questions in the past and set them up as "Weekly Challenge" Problems; I re-organize questions to go with the unit being taught and give them out at the beginning of each week. Students are encouraged to work with each other to solve them and they are turned in on Friday's for Extra Credit points. During 2nd semester 2 of the 5 questions are pulled from the units done in the 1st sememster to help them in preparing for the upcoming tests.
            It has been neat to watch kids work together to find answers and have discussions about things posed in the questions. It is also a great thing for them to work on if they should have 5 or 10 min. at the end of class when they may have finished their work and others have not.