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Testing Tips for Parents
Standardized Testing: What Can I Do As A Parent?

• Make sure your child has enough sleep, eats a healthy breakfast and gets to school on time.

• Adequate rest makes a difference! Make sure your child goes to bed at a reasonable time; being active earlier in the day (not right before bed) can help kids get to sleep.

• Nutrition also influences how well children do on test; a good breakfast is important, but a big meal right before the test can be distracting.

• Your child should wear comfortable clothing for long test-taking periods. Being comfortable will help them to stay focused on the test, not on how uncomfortable, hot/cold they are.

• Doing well on a test is easier if a student has been consistently completing school assignments, including studying or reading at home. Encouraging your child to complete homework every day is important and helpful.

What should I do if I notice test anxiety?

• Acknowledge test-taking anxiety as normal, but stay positive.

• Talk to your child- Find out whether your child is feeling nervous and if so, why? Children feel better when they voice their fears, so give your child a chance to talk about the test.

• Use enthusiasm, praise and, at times, small rewards when your child gives their best effort in spite of feeling worried.

• Encourage your child to think positive thoughts like “I can do this!”

• Give compliments for effort: “I’m proud of how hard you have studied.”

• Motivate your child to want to take a test. You can do this by reinforcing their efforts, like studying and homework tasks, rather than focusing on having to make a certain grade.

• Anxious children tend to have many negative thoughts (“I’m going to fail this test” or. ”I do badly on every test”)

• You can teach your child to challenge these ideas by looking at the evidence against each negative thought (.”Do you really fail every test? What is likely to happen if you study?). This will help your child to find a more positive thought to use whenever a negative thought arises.

What Should I Avoid Doing?

• Please make sure your child is prepared for testing. Make sure that they are here and take care to avoid scheduling any appointments during the week of PASS Testing.

• Avoid giving excessive reassurance, such as repeatedly saying, “You’ll do great! You’ll do great!” Too much reassurance can cause anxious children to feel like you are not listening to them.

• Avoid telling your child exactly what to do. It is more useful to ask your child to come up with a realistic plan for studying and taking the test. Successful completion of the plan helps a child feel in control and accomplished, which will decrease any anxiety

• Don’t ignore the problem by hoping it will go away by itself.

• Don’t allow the child to avoid the situation (You can stay home today...).
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