SOL and Test Taking Tips
We have been working hard all year long to prepare for the SOLs! The SOL testing window is in May and we are already getting ready! However, there are some things that you can do at home to make sure that your child is really prepared on the day of the test. These tips not only apply for the SOLs, but also for any test your child takes.
Test Taking Tips
Test Taking Tips
- Relax and do the best you can!
- Your first choice is usually correct.
- Be aware of key words such as “all,” “now,” “always,” “never,” “only,” and “exactly.”
- Read all the answer choices.
- Watch out for negative words lie “not,” “no,” and “never.”
- Look for information in the questions. This information may help you answer other questions!’
- Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep before a test. 7-10 hours is a good night sleep for elementary aged children.
- Make sure your child eats a proper breakfast the day of the test.
- Maintain a pleasant home environment and avoid unnecessary conflicts. Do not add to your child’s stress.
- Ensure your child has taken any needed medication.
- Ensure your child is at school on time every day. Children who are late may have to take the test later, which is not an ideal testing environment.
- If your child is sick, please call the school office right away.
- Wish your child good luck each morning of the test. Tell your child that he/she is special and that you believe in him/her!
- Remind your child that each test is important. Encourage him/her to do his/her best.
- Remind your child to listen carefully to the instructions from the teacher and to read the directions and each question carefully.
- Encourage your child to use time wisely during the test and not to get stuck on a particular question.
- Tell your child to attempt to answer all of the questions and not to leave any blank.
- If your child is disappointed after a test, reassure him or her!
- Allow your child plenty of active, outdoors time after a test. They have been working hard for hours and had to be quiet until all students are finished. They will have lots of pent up energy!