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How to Handle Standardized Testing

Serena Helwani, Staff Writer, Good Tester

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It’s almost that time of the year! Those pesky standardized tests are on their way. Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors should be preparing for PARCC, while Juniors should also be preparing for their SATs. I know, it’s a pain to sit at those desks for hours at a time, being assessed on topics you are not completely familiar with, but I can give you tips on how to make these tests as pain-free as possible.

Things to Do Before the Test:

  • Use pre-tests, or brush up on any useful skills. For those taking the SATs, there are books and flashcards all over the internet.
  • Build your vocabulary as much as you can! You never know when that ONE word is going to come up.
  • Keep in mind it has been proven to be more effective to study over a long period of time rather than try to binge-study everything at once.
  • Ensure you have the right calculators, pencils, and any other necessary materials for the test.
  • Make sure to get a good night’s sleep the night before! Rest is essential. Also, eat a wholesome breakfast the morning of the test to give you energy. Avoid anything too sugary to minimize fatigue.

Things to Remember During the Test:

  • Prioritize what is important. If you are stuck on a multiple choice question for a few minutes but still have a long way to go, leave the question alone and come back to it after completing everything else.
  • Time management is key. Do not spend too much time on one section, because it is limited. Pace yourself!
  • Complete the easiest questions first. Arrange the questions in order of difficulty to be sure you have the best possible chance at doing as much as you can within the time you have.
  • Remember, it is just a test!

At the end of the day these tests are critical for our futures and are essential but, that does not mean that they determine who we are or our worth as a person. Getting a bad score does not mean you are any less of a scholar. Just relax and do the best you can!

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