Helping Your Child During Testing Season

Test Prep Tips for Parents

Every parent wants to see their child experience success in the classroom. So, what’s the best way to help your child prepare for tests—and keep a healthy mindset while doing so? Here’s some simple tips for parents to help your child perform his or her best on testing days.

1. Make attendance and homework a priority

Tests are intended to be a measure of how well students have learned the material taught in class. To reinforce schoolwork, make sure your child has good attendance and completes his or her homework every day.

2. Communicate with your child’s teacher

Regular communication with your child’s teacher on an ongoing basis will let you know the areas that he or she is excelling and needs to focus on.

3. Talk to your child about test taking

Have open, ongoing conversations with your child to explain the benefits of testing, focusing on how it helps them, their teacher, their school, and other educators understand their strengths and areas of focus and figure out the most effective ways to teach. Knowing the “why” behind testing can help instill a drive to succeed in your child.

4. Offer positive reinforcement- have a positive attitude

A little encouragement can go a long way in helping students walk into testing days feeling confident—which, in turn, can have a huge effect on their performance. Praise your child for the work that he or she does to prepare for testing, and share in his or her excitement when he or she has success with a new concept or skill.

The Day of the Test

•Do not put on undue pressure on your child.

•Make sure they get a good night’s sleep.

•Make sure they eat breakfast the day of the test.

•Do not send your child to take the test if they are not feeling well (there are makeup days).

•Send your child with sharpened #2 pencils with erasers, but no “lucky pencils” or “special erasers” as they can be a distractor.

•Let them know that once the test is over, it is a normal day and the test is just a small part of that day.