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Strategies for Taking
Standardized Tests
‘Twas the Night Before
Testing
• Go to bed on time.
•Put a few number 2 pencils
with erasers in your backpack.
•Solve family/friend problems before
the testing date.
•Talk to your parents about any
concerns that you might have about the
test.
The Morning of Testing
• Start your day as you always
do.
• Eat a good breakfast.
• Think of what you will do to
relax after you get home from
school.
• Think Positive!Think Positive!
Multiple Choice Questions
• If you do not understand the
directions, ask for help.
• Read the question and allall
answer choices before
marking anything.
Pace Yourself
• Don’t spend too much time on
any one question. Do your best
and then move on.
• Answers the easiest questions
first, but be sure to go back to
those questions you skipped.
Multiple Choice Questions
• Do not change your answers
unless you are very uncertain
about your first answer choice.
• Try to answer every question.
Make the most intelligent
guess you can.
The Process of Elimination
• After you have been through all of
the questions once, go back and find
questions you have some
knowledge about and eliminate
choices that you know are incorrect.
I know C isn’t
the answer!
The Process of Elimination
• If you can eliminate two wrong
answers, your chance of
choosing the right answer is
greater.
Answering Questions
• Don't guess blindly, but if you
have time to think about the
best answer choice, make it!
Skip, Return, Check
• If you finish early, check to
make sure you have
answered all questions.
Key Words
• Find key wordskey words or phrasesphrases
in the question that will help
you choose the correct
answer.
Are we communicating?
• Make sure you understand
what the question is asking.
• Be sure you are responding to
the question that is being
asked.
Reading Passages
• If the test requires you to read
passages and then answer
questions about what you read,
read the questionsread the questions firstfirst.
•By doing this, you will know what
you are looking for as you read.
This also helps you go faster on
the test.
Reading Passages
• When there are several
questions about a reading
passage or chart, look for
cluesclues in other questions that
will help you with those items
about which you are unsure.
Math Computation
• When using scratch paper on a math
test, double check to make sure that
you have copied the problem
correctly from the test booklet!
Math Computation
• Line up place value correctly on your
scratch paper (thousands, hundreds,
tens, ones) or the answer will be
incorrect.
Math Computation
• If your answer does not match one
of the choices, reread the problem,
recopy the numbers, and try
solving it again.
A Matter of Time
• If any time remains, spend it on
those questions about which you
know nothing or almost nothing.
• As you go back through, do not
change all answers.
• Remember: Your first
guess is usually right.
It’s About Time
• Don’t spend too
much time rewriting
or obsessing about
neatness.
• Don’t worry if you run
out of time.
Final Tips
• Fill in bubbles fully, write neatly,
and erase stray marks.
• Double-check the test number in
your test booklet against the
answer sheet every few questions
to be sure you haven’t gotten on
the wrong number.
The Death Grip
• If your arm tires during testing it
is probably due to the grip that
you have on your pencil.
• Relax the grip and give those
muscles a break.
• Do not do arm exercises during
testing as this disturbs others.
Thank you, Mr. Know-it-all!
• Remember it's okay not toit's okay not to
know everythingknow everything — unlike
class tests, these tests will
have some questions designed
to challenge the limits of your
knowledge at a grade level
above your current grade.
For Teachers
• Test the Best! Lesson plans
and activities to prepare
students for standardized
tests.

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  • 2. ‘Twas the Night Before Testing • Go to bed on time. •Put a few number 2 pencils with erasers in your backpack. •Solve family/friend problems before the testing date. •Talk to your parents about any concerns that you might have about the test.
  • 3. The Morning of Testing • Start your day as you always do. • Eat a good breakfast. • Think of what you will do to relax after you get home from school. • Think Positive!Think Positive!
  • 4. Multiple Choice Questions • If you do not understand the directions, ask for help. • Read the question and allall answer choices before marking anything.
  • 5. Pace Yourself • Don’t spend too much time on any one question. Do your best and then move on. • Answers the easiest questions first, but be sure to go back to those questions you skipped.
  • 6. Multiple Choice Questions • Do not change your answers unless you are very uncertain about your first answer choice. • Try to answer every question. Make the most intelligent guess you can.
  • 7. The Process of Elimination • After you have been through all of the questions once, go back and find questions you have some knowledge about and eliminate choices that you know are incorrect. I know C isn’t the answer!
  • 8. The Process of Elimination • If you can eliminate two wrong answers, your chance of choosing the right answer is greater.
  • 9. Answering Questions • Don't guess blindly, but if you have time to think about the best answer choice, make it!
  • 10. Skip, Return, Check • If you finish early, check to make sure you have answered all questions.
  • 11. Key Words • Find key wordskey words or phrasesphrases in the question that will help you choose the correct answer.
  • 12. Are we communicating? • Make sure you understand what the question is asking. • Be sure you are responding to the question that is being asked.
  • 13. Reading Passages • If the test requires you to read passages and then answer questions about what you read, read the questionsread the questions firstfirst. •By doing this, you will know what you are looking for as you read. This also helps you go faster on the test.
  • 14. Reading Passages • When there are several questions about a reading passage or chart, look for cluesclues in other questions that will help you with those items about which you are unsure.
  • 15. Math Computation • When using scratch paper on a math test, double check to make sure that you have copied the problem correctly from the test booklet!
  • 16. Math Computation • Line up place value correctly on your scratch paper (thousands, hundreds, tens, ones) or the answer will be incorrect.
  • 17. Math Computation • If your answer does not match one of the choices, reread the problem, recopy the numbers, and try solving it again.
  • 18. A Matter of Time • If any time remains, spend it on those questions about which you know nothing or almost nothing. • As you go back through, do not change all answers. • Remember: Your first guess is usually right.
  • 19. It’s About Time • Don’t spend too much time rewriting or obsessing about neatness. • Don’t worry if you run out of time.
  • 20. Final Tips • Fill in bubbles fully, write neatly, and erase stray marks. • Double-check the test number in your test booklet against the answer sheet every few questions to be sure you haven’t gotten on the wrong number.
  • 21. The Death Grip • If your arm tires during testing it is probably due to the grip that you have on your pencil. • Relax the grip and give those muscles a break. • Do not do arm exercises during testing as this disturbs others.
  • 22. Thank you, Mr. Know-it-all! • Remember it's okay not toit's okay not to know everythingknow everything — unlike class tests, these tests will have some questions designed to challenge the limits of your knowledge at a grade level above your current grade.
  • 23. For Teachers • Test the Best! Lesson plans and activities to prepare students for standardized tests.