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04/11/2018
For students in the United States, standardized tests are nearly impossible to escape. Help your child be prepared for these exams by using these tips.



How to Successfully Take on Standardized Tests

Standardized tests are used to measure a student's academic performance in a number of subjects throughout their academic career. These are often used for yearly state testing as well as entrance evaluations for universities at the undergraduate and post graduate level. What this means for your child is that they will likely be facing a large number of standardized tests throughout their school years. If your child has a hard time performing well on these types of exams, these tips can help them improve their results.

Prepare for the Exams

Preparing for a standardized test takes a bit more than simply studying the material. Help your child prepare with these tips:
  • Know what and when. If your child has a test coming up, ensure that they are aware of the test date or dates. Schools will usually send home information about state testing that will help your child be more prepared. The information may include test dates, subjects being tested, and tips on how to prepare.
  • Maintain a positive attitude. The idea of a big test may cause some students to stress out quite a bit. Help your child develop a positive attitude that will make preparing for the test easier and less stressful.
  • Review for the test. Reviewing for the test will help your child feel more confident and prepared. If you don't know what will be covered on their test, have them talk to the teacher about it. This will help them prepare for the exam much more effectively and will help reduce their level of stress.

Reduce Test Taking Anxiety

Unfortunately, many students don't perform at their best because they suffer from test-taking anxiety. Even if they studied and know the material perfectly, their anxiety may get in the way. Help your child relax by teaching them breathing exercises they can do during a test. Taking deep breaths while counting to ten can help them recenter their attention and relax. Arriving early on the day of their exam and maintaining a positive attitude can also help your student perform at their best. To help your child do their best on their standardized tests, consider enrolling them in tutoring in Torrance, CA. The Tutoring Center, Torrance CA offers a number of academic programs that can help your child reach their academic potential. To learn more about these, contact them at (310)530-5377.

Learn Some Test Taking Strategies

Students who do well in school may still have a hard time with standardized tests. Help your child do their absolute best by helping them learn some test-taking strategies.
  • Understand what is being asked. Before answering a single question, your child should understand what is being asked. This means they need to read and understand the directions first and that they need to read the entire question before trying to answer it. This may sound obvious, but some students skim over the questions instead of reading them completely.
  • Read the answer choices. Once they understand the question, they need to read all of the possible answers. After reading all of their choices, they can eliminate the ones that are obviously wrong. This will make picking the correct answer easier.
  • Focus on the easy questions first. Encourage your child to answer the easy questions or the ones they're sure they know the answer to first. Once they have these done, they can focus their efforts on working through the harder ones. If they don't get penalized for wrong answers, encourage them to take educated guesses on those they just can't figure out.
  • Manage your time. Time management is very important. Encourage your child to keep an eye on the clock and not spend too much time on a single question.
  • Review your work. If your child has extra time at the end, teach them to go back and double check their work. They may find they accidentally filled in the wrong bubble for a question or they may even find a mistake in their reasoning.

Evaluate the Results

Once your child's test is over, it may be a while before they get their results. While you wait, celebrate your child's accomplishments and recognize their efforts. This is also a great time to get comfortable with how the scoring for the test works and what the results are measuring. Once you receive the results, go over them with your child. You may be able to identify areas where they did great and areas that need a bit more help.

Tutoring in Torrance, CA

Once you've identified the areas your child needs more help on, consider enrolling them in tutoring in Torrance. The Tutoring Center, Torrance CA can help your child reach their academic potential thanks to their academic programs and tutoring approach. Learn more about these programs by contacting them at (310) 530-5377.

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