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Testing Tips

RELAX!

Bring (2) #2 pencils, a nutritious snack, a sweater, and a book to read if they finish early.  Please do not bring any electronics, e.g., ipods, ipads, kindles, etc.  Be sure to explain to your child that there will be times where they will be required to wait quietly.  If your child cannot sit quietly, they will be asked to leave the room and not return for further testing; in addition, there will not be a refund for the test.

Parents should wait in the designated spot for testing to finish each day. Someone will bring your child to this area around 11:30 a.m. each day.

Grade 3-8th arrives at 8:30 a.m. each day. High school students should arrive at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday for the Iowa testing, and 1:30pm on Wednesday if they are taking the CogAT.

Guessing is appropriate ONLY if they can eliminate one or two of the answer choices.

Students should go over and check their answers in that area of the test if any time remains to do so.

Don't get stuck on one problem too long. Again, they can go back to it if they have the time.

Calculators are permitted, but NOT required. They may be used in the Math Problem Solving. If your math program incorporates the use of calculators and  your child is comfortable using one, check the schedule for the day your child has Math. 

 Parents can do the following:
              --Ensure a good night’s rest and a nutritious meal before testing each day.

             --Reassure the student that the test is not a “pass/fail” situation, and encourage him to do his best  
             --May order and give your child the following from  
                  
www.bjupress.com/testing/preparation-materials.php  

                                  -Test for Success™ 

                         -Better Test Scores

                         -the abilities practice test (only CogAT® or OLSAT®)

Also, any Test Prep books from The Knowledge Exchange may be used. It's main goal is teaching how to take a test. If you want to go over skills only, The Knowledge Exchange (5151 Babcock St., Palm Bay) carries "The Flippers" for specific subjects for Language, Science, and Math, and others.