Testing Tips for Homeschool Success

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It’s test day! Thanks to Abeka’s Spiral Learning method, your child knows the material inside and out. But how do you ensure your child is successful on the test? Testing is a valuable resource to assess your child’s education, yet it’s easy for us (and our children) to stress about testing. After all, it’s a lot of pressure! Here are some great testing tips you can implement for your child so that they can worry less and concentrate more on performing their very best on the test.

One to three days before the test

1. Study according to your learning style.

Our brains are all unique; therefore, we all learn in different ways. For hands-on (also known as kinesthetic) learners, you may want to invest in a whiteboard your child can stand in front of and draw, write, or map out concepts. Read/write learners might benefit from copying over their notes or writing and using flashcards. Aural and visual learners might study best by watching or listening to the lesson again. There are numerous tests online that will quickly identify your child’s learning style if you’re not yet familiar with it.

2. Review right before bed the night before.

It is said that concepts are reinforced in your mind while you sleep. A quick recap of the information before bed could be helpful to solidify the knowledge while your child is catching some zzzs.

3. Get a good night’s sleep.

We all know how important sleep is to our health. To be at peak test-taking performance, make sure your child gets at least eight hours of good, restful sleep the night before.

The day of the test

4. Eat a good breakfast.

Just like sleep, good nutrition is essential for brain performance. Skip sugary cereals in favor of a combination of ingredients with protein and brain-friendly fats, like eggs and toast, a protein-packed smoothie, oatmeal and fruit, or even peanut butter.

5. Find a distraction-free environment.

As a parent, the last thing you want is to have a loud interruption derail your child’s concentration during a test. Make sure they have a flat surface to work on (whether that’s a personal desk or kitchen table is up to you), and block out outside sounds with noise-canceling headphones.

6. Don’t review this close to the test.

Our minds need a break—especially on test day! Try to plan ahead to review with your child one to three days before the test so that your child doesn’t feel rushed to cram for it. Remember, with Spiral Learning, concepts are learned and remembered which provides your child with the confidence he needs when tested.

During the test

7. Read the directions carefully.

Remind your child to read the instructions several times. Multiple-choice questions may switch from “select the best answer” to “select the answer that does not apply,” so it’s essential that your child is aware of what to look for regarding clues within the potential answers.

8. Go over your answers at the end.

Remind your child to carefully go over their answers before submitting or finishing any test. A stray pencil mark could make an answer difficult to grade, or a student may have accidentally selected the wrong answer. Reviewing the test can make the difference between gaining and losing points.

9. Never leave a question blank.

In almost every case, it’s best to at least try to answer a test question, especially in the case of multiple-choice questions. Remind your child that if they have four potential answers and can eliminate at least one, they have a one in three chance of getting it right!

You are your child’s greatest strength in their educational journey. Armed with Abeka’s curriculum, these test-taking tips, and your support, your child is going to be ready to take on any test that comes their way.

 

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