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CAASP Test Preparation - Tips for Success

Teachers have been preparing students for this CAASPP tests with standards-based instruction as well as test-taking “practice” so that students are familiar with the testing format and strategies.  You can help your children during the upcoming testing period (May 1 - May 12) by making sure that they come to school with plenty of rest, a good breakfast, and a positive attitude.  

In addition, please help your child to avoid unnecessary absences during testing by not scheduling appointments and/or planning special trips during this time.

Here are some other ways parents can help their children prepare for standardized tests:

  • Prepare for tests one day at a time – Some students get so worried about tests that they don’t do well on test day.  Encourage your child to simply do his/her best, and be sure to point out his/her strengths.  Your confidence will be contagious.
  • The night before the test – When possible, try to spend a relaxing evening at home.  It is important for your child to get a good night’s sleep.
  • Start the day off right –Getting up early on test days helps prevent the morning rush and allows time for a complete, unhurried breakfast.  Avoid topics or arguments that may be upsetting.   Starting the day on a pleasant note will likely send your child to school with good feelings.
  • Remind your child of the following practical test-taking tips:  
  • Reading or listening carefully to the directions is probably the most helpful thing to do
  • Check answers carefully.  It never hurts to review answers to avoid making careless mistakes.  
  • Skip a question and move on if you don’t know the answer.  You can always come back later.  Maybe you will be ready to answer that question then.  
  • Have your child dress in layers – students to better on tests if they don’t have to think about how hot or cold they are.
  • Develop a healthy perspective – Remember, standardized tests are only one way to measure a child’s learning.  Furthermore, standardized tests rarely measure some important things, like creativity, self-discipline, and interpersonal skills.

Most children don’t enjoy tests.  But, helping your children develop a positive attitude about this “fact-of-life” can go a long way in helping them feel better before, during, and after the test.