Standardized Test Preparation
Build students' confidence as you help them master effective test-taking strategies.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Use these professional tips, sample questions, and lessons to more effectively integrate test review exercises into your regular teaching plan and avoid cramming in test preparation at the last minute. These articles and other resources provide solutions to alleviate test anxiety, including relaxing routines, empowering test-taking tactics, and inventive activities for integrating test-preparation into your year-round curriculum. You'll also find alternative methods of assessment to help you identify subjects that require extra attention and familiarize your students with high-stakes testing.
These strategies and daily activities could be used throughout the year to avoid pre-test cramming.
Make connections between successful test-taking strategies and sound general-learning practices. This article shares approaches to reading comprehension and math sections, as well as tips for easing test-related stress.
Get advice on showing students how to develop standards for what constitutes excellent work. A teacher discusses how he guided his students to create portfolios and comment on the work of their peers.
Relieve the stress of standardized test taking with these suggestions to prepare their students, from practicing time management to creating a positive atmosphere.
These suggestions will help you accurately measure students' reading comprehension skills.
In this lesson, students develop test-taking skills that strengthen vocabulary, improve reading comprehension, and enhance language arts mechanics.
From reading a relaxing book before each test to daily quizzes (with candy prizes), see what works for other teachers.
Use these brief reading assignments and comprehension/critical thinking questions to give students practice with the types of text and questions they'll see on standardized tests. From the book: 24 Nonfiction Passages for Test Practice.
Familiarize students with reading and analyzing informational texts such as those they'll encounter on high-stakes tests. From the book 24 Nonfiction Passages for Test Practice Grades 4-5.
Prepare middle schoolers for high-stakes test by providing them with sample passages and questions that let them practice reading and responding to nonfiction text. From the book 24 Nonfiction Passages for Test Practice Grades 6-8.