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Test preparation through a partner, Preparation Academy (link), works for students ages 11+. After years of providing testing, it is our observation that good test preparation involves strategies to improve scores, rather than cramming content. Provide your student with improved test preparation through Preparation Academy. As an online self-paced course with five (5) lessons, students develop sound study habits tailored towards testing events. For younger students, no formal test preparation is required since the test assesses what your child has already learned in a specific content area.

For the Stanford-10, there are test preparation books available, but not required, that may help your student approach the test with greater confidence if he or she has never tested before, or has any anxiety about testing, and may be of benefit to younger students. Sample tests and booklets for test preparation can be purchased at www.classicalconversationsbooks.com (search “SAT 10”).

There are some tips to help your student have the best testing experience that he or she can have.

Get a good night’s sleep and have a good breakfast. On testing day, please make sure your child is well rested and well nourished; rest and good nutrition will help him or her concentrate better and perform better on the test. Check the details of your specific event for information about snacks and drinks.

Don’t worry! Decrease test anxiety by encouraging your child to relax and do the best he/she can on the test. Do not let anxiety affect you or your child!

Arrive a little early. Allow plenty of time on arrival so your child can use the bathroom and become familiar with the testing site.

Be bold. At the beginning of each section the test proctor will ask if there are any questions. Encourage your child to not be afraid to ask questions.

Don’t get hung up on the unknowns. If your child does not readily know an answer, encourage him or her to try to eliminate the obviously incorrect answers and, by process of elimination, find the correct answer. If that doesn’t work, temporarily skip the question and come back to it later. Sometimes thinking about other questions will resolve the knot. Because test scores are based on the number of questions answered correctly, it’s best to have an answer—even if it’s a best guess—on each question.

Use the testing time wisely. Encourage your student to go back and check/review answers if there is time to do so.

Remind your student that he or she can’t fail. Achievement tests are not “pass/fail” tests. Help your student to understand (and be assured, yourself) that these tests reveal how a student is progressing in different subject areas.

Feeling better about test preparation? Read more about what to expect when you arrive by clicking the link below.

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