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Published on January 15, 2009

Author: DrLourdes

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Test preparation needs to be an on-going activity and part of regular classroom instruction integrated into all subjects. Dr. Lourdes gives advice to school stakeholders. This PowerPoint may be used by schools with permission from Dr. Lourdes. Sponsored by www.drlourdes.net.
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Test-Taking Strategies that Work for All Students © Dr. Lourdes Ferrer www.drlourdes.net Minority Academic Achievement Specialist

What can teachers do to help students experience success in any testing situation?

Have positive self-esteem Have greater self-confidence in their abilities Do not feel intimidated by tests Feel well prepared for tests Are persistent with regard to their school work and doing well on tests Have been exposed to a variety of testing situations What does research indicate about students who are successful in testing situations?

Have positive self-esteem

Have greater self-confidence in their abilities

Do not feel intimidated by tests

Feel well prepared for tests

Are persistent with regard to their school work and doing well on tests

Have been exposed to a variety of testing situations

Continued… Are more “test-wise” than their peers Understand the importance and purpose of testing Recognize the relevance of testing to instruction Know how test results will be used

Are more “test-wise” than their peers

Understand the importance and purpose of testing

Recognize the relevance of testing to instruction

Know how test results will be used

Test preparation needs to be an on-going activity and part of regular classroom instruction integrated into all subjects.

“ Teachers must go beyond “telling” students what to do. Students should be provided with ample classroom opportunities to experience using strategies required to be successful in any testing situation.” Dr. Lourdes Ferrer Dr. Lourdes Ferrer

1. Expect good results and model a positive attitude. 2. Use motivational activities and provide incentives. 3. Discuss the purpose and relevance of the test.

5. Discuss the test format. 4. Correlate classroom activities with the test. 6. Know and practice correct test administration procedures. 7. Provide a quiet, orderly testing environment.

9. Provide reassurance that they have covered the content and skills measured by the test. 10. Provide feedback on results. 8. Anticipate and deal with test anxiety. GOOD FEEDBACK!

11. Become a skilled test developer. Know the CONTENT being tested Be aware of the OBJECTIVES/STANDARDS being tested Know/understand the STUDENTS (SWD, ELL, etc.) being tested Have/Develop skills in WRITTEN COMMUNICATION Know TECHNIQUES of item writing Know the FORMAT of State’s Accountability Test (AYP) – types of test items Know how to ALIGN the classroom assessment with the State’s Accountability Test

Know the CONTENT being tested

Be aware of the OBJECTIVES/STANDARDS being tested

Know/understand the STUDENTS (SWD, ELL, etc.) being tested

Have/Develop skills in WRITTEN COMMUNICATION

Know TECHNIQUES of item writing

Know the FORMAT of State’s Accountability Test (AYP) – types of test items

Know how to ALIGN the classroom assessment with the State’s Accountability Test

13. Create and “test” the scoring guide or rubric BEFORE administering the test to the students. 12. Take the test or do the assignment BEFORE administering to the students.

14. Involve students in their own test development process, including the rubric and/or scoring guide.

Are NOT from the textbook; Are related to the content and benchmark being covered; Come with questions similar to the items on the State’s Accountability Test; Are at the appropriate reading level (SRI/Lexile); and, Have the appropriate length and font size. NOTE: Students need to practice answering questions about “something” they just read for the first time under the pressure of time . 15. Provide students with articles or passages that:

Are NOT from the textbook;

Are related to the content and benchmark being covered;

Come with questions similar to the items on the State’s Accountability Test;

Are at the appropriate reading level (SRI/Lexile); and,

Have the appropriate length and font size.

16. Teach the following NINE test-taking strategies and provide students with ample opportunities to practice them in classroom. 1. Following directions closely 2. Budgeting time appropriately 3. Checking work carefully 4. Reading the entire stem and ALL answer choices 5. Answering easier questions first and persisting to the end

6. Making educated guesses 7. Using “real test-liked” item formats for practice 8. Reviewing the practice items and answer choices with the teacher or other students 9. Practicing using answer sheets Continued…

17. Reward and celebrate success. “ It is always important to reward and celebrate academic success. It is great for the spirit and for a student’s willingness to keep trying.” Ms. Stafford, Principal Forest Hill Community High School Palm Beach County School District

Dr. Lourdes Ferrer, ELL , Hispanic and African American Academic Achievement Specialist and NCLB Consultant www.drlourdes.net 561-236-4154

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