Testing Tips for Parents

Preparing for Testing

  • Note test dates on your home calendar; schedule appointments on non-testing days.
  • Encourage your child to take responsibility for homework and class study.
  • Help you child learn how to find information independently.
  • Praise your child for work done well.
  • Encourage your child to ask questions at home and in class.
  • Get to know your child's teachers.
  • Attend parent-teacher conferences.
  • Confer with teachers on a regular basis for progress reports.
  • Gather available test preparation materials.
  • Assure your child knows that you value a good education.

Testing Day

  • See that your child is rested and eats breakfast.
  • See that your child arrives at school on time and is relaxed.
  • Encourage your child to do the best work possible.
  • Do not send your child to school if illness is apparent.
  • Do not remove your child from school on test days for appointments.

After Testing

  • Examine all test reports sent home.
  • Determine areas of strengths and weaknesses.
  • Praise your child's testing strengths and make a plan to address identified weaknesses.
  • See your child's principal, counselor or teacher if additional information is required.