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Taking Tests Can Be Scary: Here's 10 Tips To Help You Prepare For Any Test, Especially The ISAT

Posted by Adpower on Thu, Nov 05, 2015 @ 09:11 AM


If you have a child in the school system here in Illinois, then you know you will be facing the ISAT sooner or later. It is a standardized test that is designed to measure students’ academic achievement relative to the state of Illinois.

As parents, we can do our part to help our children prepare for this test. Here are 10 things you may be forgetting to do, but should be doing in order to help your child prepare for the ISAT.

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The single best thing you can do to help your child prepare for the standardized test is to build good test-taking skills.
Children who master basic skills like reading, math and test taking tend to be well-prepared for any standardized test.
  • Review Old Topics
To give your child that extra edge, review old concepts that he or she may have forgotten. Go over basic facts and skills leading up to the ISAT.
Also, daily reading can help tremendously on the reading portion of the test.
  • Go Over A Variety Of Question Types
Quiz your child with a variety of questions: multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, essay and long reading passages.
Getting your child acquainted with a mixture of formats will prepare him for whatever may be on the test.
  • Learn Test Terminology
Does your child know the difference between an antonym and a synonym? What about greater than and less than? Test takes should understand the basic terminology that will be used in the test problems.
  • Test Time Restraints
Design a certain amount of time for your child to get homework or other tasks done. Learning how to complete a task in the allotted time can help during a timed test.
Use a watch or timer to help your child be aware of the time, and challenge to get things done correctly within the time given.
  • Go Over Directions
Reading carefully and following directions is something that can be practiced. Give your child written directions to follow.
Have him highlight or note certain words that will assist him in remembering what he is supposed to do.
  • Learn Process Of Elimination
For multiple choice questions, ruling out the definite wrong answers is good way to find the right one. Practice multiple choice questions and if your child gets stumped, have her work through it by process of elimination.
  • Get To Bed Early
Getting enough sleep the night before the test is essential for mental comprehension.
Have your child get to bed early the night before the test.
Force him to sleep early if you need to.
  • Eat Well
Like sleep, nutrition is important for brain performance. Make sure your child eats breakfast the morning of the test.
While you are at it, have her wear something comfortable.
No one wants to sit through a long test in ill-filling clothes.
  • Be Positive
If you don’t think positive about the test, neither will your little test-taker.
Let your child know to do his or her best, but don’t put on too much pressure. 
The ISAT is a standardized test that every student must take here in Illinois. When it comes time for your child to take the test, help him or her prepare with these 10 tips.


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