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Testing Tips

1.    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.

2.    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.

3.    Make sure your child has taken any needed medication.

4.    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).

5.    Get your child to school on time the day of the test.

6.    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!

7.    Remind your child the test is important. Encourage him/her to do his/her             best.

8.    If your child is too ill to attend, please call the school office.

9.    If the test is on a subject for which you can review (spelling test, math facts,         etc.), help your child go over the material.

10.  Remind your child to listen carefully to the instructions from the teacher               and to read the directions and each question carefully.

11.  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.

12.  Tell your child to attempt to answer all of the questions and not to leave             any blank.

13.  Encourage your child to stay focused on the test, even if other students               finish early.

14.  If your child is disappointed after taking a test, reassure him or her that               there will be plenty of opportunities to improve and succeed.

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