Testing Tips

by Sam Glyn Nava, B.S.Ed, M.S.CCC-SLP
Alphabet Kids Director of Education
Many states use standardized testing at this time of year to assess the students' growth since the beginning of the school year. It is a known fact that some people test better than others and although testing may not be the best evaluation of your child's learning gains over the past several months, the test must nonetheless be taken.
Use these tips to make the testing experience less daunting for your child and perhaps they will do better than you had expected!
  1. Do Not Cram the Night Before - If your child does not know the information by this point, cramming the night before the exam is not very likely to help. The night before the test should be spent relaxing and sleeping, without too much talk about the test ahead.    
  2. Keep Cool, No Pressure! - As a parent, you may feel nervous about the outcome of the test.  Don't show it! Your child will sense your anxiety and his/her test outcome may be negatively affected if there is unnecessary pressure coming from you about the test.      
  3. Eat a Good Breakfast - Make sure you provide your child with a healthy, hearty meal, especially, the night before and the morning of testing days. A fed body leads to a clearer thinking mind.    
  4. Prepare in Advance - Talking to your child's teacher long before the test to find out how you can help your child to prepare is a great way to make sure he/she is ready on test day.  Simply reading varied materials to increase vocabulary and comprehension skills can be a big help.    
  5. Praise & Positive Attitude - When weekly test scores come home, praise your child when he/she gets good marks and let him/her know that you are aware that they are trying their hardest when the scores are not the best.  If your child consistently comes home with low test scores, find out from the teacher what you can do to help improve their test taking skills.  Let your child know you are there to help!   
  6. Promote Good Testing Habits - On a day to day basis, go over ways that your child should go through the process of deduction while taking a test, eliminating those options that are clearly not correct.  When the question calls for a fill-in the blank, your child should plug-in each of the options and see which fits best.