Making the Most of Standardized Tests
Whether or not you find a particular standardized test appropriate, your child still needs to perform at his or her best. Consider the following test-taking suggestions from the U.S. Department of Education's Educational Resources Information Center on Assessment and Evaluation:
- Talk to your child's teacher often to monitor his or her progress and to find out what activities you can do at home that may help your child's test performance.
- Be aware of your child's test performance and be sure that you can interpret the results when they become available.
- Make sure your child is well-rested and eats a well-rounded diet.
- Encourage your child to listen carefully to test-taking directions and ask questions about any instructions that are unclear.
- Don't be overly anxious about test scores, but encourage your child to take tests seriously.
- Tell your child that the best way to prepare for tests -- whether they're teacher-made or standardized -- is to study and know the subjects.
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