Apr 6, 2022 | Georgetown

Hey parents, standardized tests can be scary! Here are some Tips your child can do before and during the test to help them achieve their best possible score.


1- MATH PREPARATION - Most of the actual math prep work should have already been accomplished throughout the year leading up to the test. In these final weeks leading up to the test, your child can ask their Mathnasium Instructor about any math concepts or formulas they're still having issues with.

2- DO SOMETHING FUN - The night before the exams, have your student do something fun and enjoyable to take their mind off the test the following day.

3 - PACK SCHOOL BAGs THE NIGHT BEFORE - They don't want to be rushed the morning of the test. This can lead to feeling even more nervous and anxious.

4- PLENTY OF SLEEP - your student will do much better on the test if they've had plenty of sleep. Everyone is different, but 7-9 hours of sleep is the recommendation.

5- EAT A HEALTHY BREAKFAST - Food fuels the brain. your child should wake up early enough to eat a good breakfast. Don't experiment with any new foods the morning of the test.

"Trust yourself, you know more than you think you do."
-Benjamin Spock


1- READ EACH QUESTION CAREFULLY - They should read the entire question before they choose an answer. It is important to do this even if they already feel like they know the answer. They should underline any words that are important or that stand out.

2- MONITORING THE TIME - This is a timed test. They should wear a watch or be able to see a clock. If they don't know an answer, don't waste time - they should move on to the questions they do know and circle back if they have time left over.

3 - THE FIRST ANSWER - It's easy to overthink an answer. Your student's first answer is usually the best one. They shouldn't go back and change an answer unless they are absolutely sure.

4- REDUCING ANXIETY - If your child starts getting anxious during the test, they should stop, close their eyes, and take a deep breath. Teach them to breathe in through their nose and out through their mouths a few times. This will help them calm down.

5- ONE QUESTION AT A TIME - Thinking about all the questions that need to be answered can be overwhelming. Or they may be concerned about a question they just answered - causing them to be distracted from the question at hand. Teach your child to stay in the present and answer one question at a time.

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