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For Parents: Testing Tips
  • Make sure your child attends school regularly. Remember that tests reflect the overall achievement of your child. The more often the child is in a learning situation, the more likely he or she will do well on tests.
  • Give your child encouragement. Praise him for the things done well throughout the year. A child who is afraid of failing is more likely to make a mistake.
  • See that your child has a well-rounded diet. A healthy body leads to a healthy, active mind.
  • See that your child completes homework assignments. Homework supports classroom instruction and can help your child increase his comprehension of the classroom work.
  • Meet with your child’s teacher(s) as often as possible to discuss your child’s progress. Parents and teachers should work together to benefit the child.
  • Ask the teacher(s) to suggest activities for you to do at home with your child. Such activities can help your child improve his understanding of schoolwork.
  • Make sure your child is well-rested on school days. Children who are tired are less likely to pay attention in class or to handle the demands of class work and tests.
  • Try not to be overly anxious about test scores. Too much emphasis on test scores can be upsetting to children.
  • Find out which tests your child will take and for what purposes. The school principal or counselor should provide you with a schedule of testing for the year and explain the use of the tests.
  • Make sure your child arrives on time for school.
  • See that your child dresses comfortably. Students should wear clothes which are comfortable and appropriate for the weather.
  • If your child wears a hearing aid and/or glasses, be sure he remembers to wear them during all testing sessions.