Seven Tips for Test Taking
Spring has sprung here in the U.S., which means more daylight, trees in bloom, soccer games...and testing are just around the corner! We’ve got tips and tricks to help you prepare.
Seven Test Taking Tips for your Student (adapted from Kids Health)
- Be sure you prepare for the test. If it’s a high stakes timed test, be sure you take practice tests with a precise timer like the Time Timer ®. For teachers, a wall-mounted timer is a good choice. For home, the Time Timer Watch Plus could be a good option for your child, because they can also use it in the test setting. Time Timer Watch Plus has a silent operation only in Sky Blue and Charcoal colors. Silent operation is typically required in a testing environment.
- Get plenty of sleep. Make sure you or your child gets adequate rest the night before an important test. The Time Timer MOD can help your kids transition to bedtime. Set a timer for when any distracting electronics must be turned off. Then set the timer again to be sure they stay on track brushing their teeth, etc.
- Eat a good breakfast. Try to feed your kids a healthy breakfast with fiber and protein to help them feel full. A bowl of oatmeal or eggs with whole wheat toast are great options. If they just can’t get it together, at least feed them a spoonful of peanut butter before they head out for the day.
- Listen to all testing instructions, and set your Time Timer Watch Plus. It’s silent* and perfectly precise. Set it for each section of the test, and adjust your settings for vibrate so that you can use it in any test setting. *Time Timer Watch Plus has a silent operation only in Sky Blue and Charcoal colors. Silent operation is typically required in a testing environment.
- Relax. Help your kids prepare to relax with a mindfulness or meditation exercise.
- Read the questions first. Set aside a portion of time to read all the questions for each section of the test. Glance at your Time Timer Watch Plus to ensure you are on track and then move on to answering the questions.
- If you finish early, go back and read over your answers, feeling confident about how much time you have remaining by glancing at your timer.