Don’t stress the test! SIT Test Taking Strategies

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Don’t stress the test! SIT Test Taking Strategies

  1. 1. DON’T STRESS THE TEST! Breaking down test-taking strategies Presented by: The CCMMS School Improvement Team http://www.gagbay.com
  2. 2. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!  Your family and teachers believe in you– be confident!  You have been preparing for these tests all year and you will do a GREAT job!  Tonight, we will…  Discuss what the End of Grade Test looks like  Create a night-before/morning of the test routine.  Review some simple test-taking strategies  Consider which strategies will work best for you http://www.peaceproject.org
  3. 3. WHAT ARE THE EOGS/MSLS (NCFES)?  EOGs are end of grade tests  MSLs are measures of student learning which are now called North Carolina Final Exams  Both tests are aligned with Common Core Curriculum and Essential Standards for the content that is taught.  6th & 7th Graders will take EOGs for Reading and Mathematics (active/inactive) and NCFEs for Science and Social Studies.  8th Graders will take EOGs for Reading, Math (active/inactive), and Science and an NCFE for Social Studies. http://www.ssat.org
  4. 4. WHY ARE THERE EOGS/NCFES?  These tests measure student’s progress toward understanding the concepts that are taught in their courses for that year.  The tests are just one of many measures to determine how well students are grasping the content that is taught.  Do you have any questions about the differences between the EOGS/NCFEs or why they are used?
  5. 5. MARK YOUR CALENDAR  Testing begins on May 16th and ends on May 28th with make-up tests for students that were absent on May 30th .
  6. 6. DEVELOPING ROUTINES  Go to bed early  Eat a protein-rich breakfast (brain food!)  What does protein-rich food mean?   Wear comfortable clothes (bring a sweater/sweatshirt in case you get cold)  Give yourself plenty of time to get ready in the morning before the test so you are on-time  What could your “testing” routine look like? Remember, go ahead and start your new routine soon so it becomes a habit! 
  7. 7. QUICK TEST-TAKING STRATEGY REMINDERS  Remember to continue using the strategies your teachers have been focusing with you on… Read directions carefully Read the entire passage + all answer choices Annotating a text (you can use this in all your classes…on ANY test!) Making predictions before you read or answer a math problem Make inferences based on prior knowledge Go with your FIRST answer! Pace yourself as you answer questions Review all of your answers and check your work
  8. 8. Try this strategy when reading…
  9. 9. Try this on a math test! 
  10. 10. TEST-TAKING STRATEGY KID TALK  What test-taking strategies work well for you?  What is difficult for you when you are taking a test?  Are there any new strategies we talked about tonight that you will try during our tests this year? http://kidsblog.blogspot. com
  11. 11. Check out these great websites for additional test- taking ideas… Website Name URL NCDPI* (see sample items) http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountabi lity/testing/eog/sampleitems/math http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountabi lity/testing/eog/sampleitems/reading Study G’s http://www.studygs.net Scholastic http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/a rticle/checklist-test-taking-strategies PBS Kids http://Pbskids.org/itsmylife/school/testst ress/article10.html
  12. 12. ANY QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, CONCERNS? http://www.drawception.com

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