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What can teachers do to help students experience success in any testing situation?
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Test preparation needs to be an  on-going activity  and part of regular classroom instruction integrated into all subjects.
“ Teachers must go beyond “telling” students what to do. Students should be provided with ample classroom opportunities to  experience  using strategies required to be successful in any testing situation.” Dr. Lourdes Ferrer Dr. Lourdes Ferrer
1. Expect good results and model a positive attitude.  2. Use motivational activities and provide incentives.  3. Discuss the purpose and relevance of the test.
5. Discuss the test format.  4. Correlate classroom activities with the test.  6. Know and practice correct test administration procedures.  7. Provide a quiet, orderly testing environment.
9. Provide reassurance that they have covered the  content and skills measured by the test. 10. Provide feedback on results.  8. Anticipate and deal with test anxiety.  GOOD FEEDBACK!
11.  Become a skilled test developer. ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
13. Create and “test” the scoring guide or rubric BEFORE administering the test to the students. 12. Take the test or do the assignment BEFORE administering to the students.
14. Involve students in their own test development process, including the rubric and/or scoring guide.
[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],NOTE: Students need to practice answering questions about “something” they just read  for the first time  under the  pressure of time . 15. Provide students with articles or passages that:
16.   Teach the following NINE test-taking strategies and provide students with ample opportunities to practice them in classroom.  1. Following directions  closely   2. Budgeting time appropriately 3. Checking work carefully 4. Reading the entire stem and  ALL  answer choices 5. Answering easier questions first and persisting to the end
6. Making educated guesses 7. Using “real test-liked” item formats for practice 8. Reviewing the practice items and answer choices with the teacher or other students 9. Practicing using answer sheets Continued…
17.  Reward and celebrate success. “ It is always important to reward and celebrate academic success. It is great for the spirit and for a student’s willingness to keep trying.” Ms. Stafford, Principal Forest Hill Community High School Palm Beach County School District
Dr. Lourdes Ferrer,  ELL ,  Hispanic  and  African American   Academic Achievement Specialist and NCLB Consultant  www.drlourdes.net 561-236-4154

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Test Taking Strategies That Work For All Students

  • 1. Test-Taking Strategies that Work for All Students © Dr. Lourdes Ferrer www.drlourdes.net Minority Academic Achievement Specialist
  • 2. What can teachers do to help students experience success in any testing situation?
  • 3.
  • 4.
  • 5. Test preparation needs to be an on-going activity and part of regular classroom instruction integrated into all subjects.
  • 6. “ Teachers must go beyond “telling” students what to do. Students should be provided with ample classroom opportunities to experience using strategies required to be successful in any testing situation.” Dr. Lourdes Ferrer Dr. Lourdes Ferrer
  • 7. 1. Expect good results and model a positive attitude. 2. Use motivational activities and provide incentives. 3. Discuss the purpose and relevance of the test.
  • 8. 5. Discuss the test format. 4. Correlate classroom activities with the test. 6. Know and practice correct test administration procedures. 7. Provide a quiet, orderly testing environment.
  • 9. 9. Provide reassurance that they have covered the content and skills measured by the test. 10. Provide feedback on results. 8. Anticipate and deal with test anxiety. GOOD FEEDBACK!
  • 10.
  • 11. 13. Create and “test” the scoring guide or rubric BEFORE administering the test to the students. 12. Take the test or do the assignment BEFORE administering to the students.
  • 12. 14. Involve students in their own test development process, including the rubric and/or scoring guide.
  • 13.
  • 14. 16. Teach the following NINE test-taking strategies and provide students with ample opportunities to practice them in classroom. 1. Following directions closely 2. Budgeting time appropriately 3. Checking work carefully 4. Reading the entire stem and ALL answer choices 5. Answering easier questions first and persisting to the end
  • 15. 6. Making educated guesses 7. Using “real test-liked” item formats for practice 8. Reviewing the practice items and answer choices with the teacher or other students 9. Practicing using answer sheets Continued…
  • 16. 17. Reward and celebrate success. “ It is always important to reward and celebrate academic success. It is great for the spirit and for a student’s willingness to keep trying.” Ms. Stafford, Principal Forest Hill Community High School Palm Beach County School District
  • 17. Dr. Lourdes Ferrer, ELL , Hispanic and African American Academic Achievement Specialist and NCLB Consultant www.drlourdes.net 561-236-4154

Editor's Notes

  1. DuPage Regional Office of Education Assessment Literacy and Minority Academic Acievement Dr. Lourdes Ferrer, Minority Academic Achievement