Reading Standardized Test Taking Strategies

Reading Standardized Test Taking Strategies

Here is part 2 of our series on preparing your children for this year’s standardized tests!

Becoming Familiar with the Test

One of the best ways to help your child to become familiar with the expectations of the test is to have them look at the previously released tests that I discussed in the previous post.  Many states release old tests to help the students in the following years prepare and practice.  This will give them a gauge of the difficulty of the questions, types of passages, and become familiar with the timing of the test.  It can be used as practice as well as an effective simulation of the test. Knowing what to expect can greatly reduce test anxiety and will help your child to perform their best on the test.

Reviewing Key Material

Overall, you can definitely help your child through the testing process by ensuring that they are academically prepared for the test.  This would be something that you should be doing all year.  Helping them with their homework, providing reinforcement activities at home, and helping them in areas where they are struggling.  When in doubt, definitely ask your child’s teacher for materials or programs that you can use to help your child prepare.

Many schools also have online programs that students use in school that can also be used with your child at home in test preparation.  Some online programs are based on country-wide standards (Common Core) and review key concepts for those grade levels, and some programs are designed specifically for each state.  Definitely ask your child’s teacher if any of those programs are available to help them in their preparation at home.

If not, you can always look into adding several online learning programs to your child’s study routine at home.  Smart Tutor would be a great option with engaging reading lessons also aligned to state and national standards to help your child build their reading and comprehension skills across various genres including interdisciplinary topics. The cost associated with this program is very reasonable.

Also, help to prepare your child by only asking them to do their best.  Do not make them afraid or anxious about taking the test.  Make sure they get a good night’s sleep before the test as well as eating a well balanced breakfast the morning of the test.

If you missed the first part of this series, go to our post for Preparing Your Child for Standardized Reading Tests

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