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Standardized Tests

True or False: Standardized tests are difficult.

The answer depends on how your child prepares.

Consider these five steps to help your child handle test week.

  1. Explain that the tests will show how much they have learned. Encourage them to try their best, but don't put so much emphasis on the tests that they are stressed.
  2. Practice the test format. For example, your child might have to read a paragraph and answer questions. The website below provides practice M-Step tests.
  3. Limit activities the night before tests. Be sure your child gets a good night's rest.
  4. On test day, give your child an energy-boosting breakfast.
  5. Ask your child's teacher for an M-STEP / SAT test schedule.