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1 Strategies for Taking P.S.S.A

2 ‘Twas the Night Before Testing
Go to bed on time. Get a good Night’s sleep Do not bring any notes or electronic devices. Talk to your parents about any concerns that you might have about the test. Relax and know you are ready!!

3 The Morning of Testing Think Positive!
Start your day as you always do. Eat a good breakfast. Know that if you give your best effort until 11:30, the afternoon will be relaxing and fun! Think Positive!

4 When you get to school Use the bathroom, you will not be permitted to use the bathroom during the test. If during the test you NEED to use that bathroom, there will be a consequence. You will get a small snack and drink. Stay relaxed.

5 Great Tips for Taking the Test
Ask questions if you do not understand the directions. Be careful when you fill in the bubbles. If you mark the wrong bubble your answer will be wrong. Color in bubbles completely Erase clearly if you change an answer Keep your eyes on your own test

6 A Matter of Time Remember: Your first guess is usually right.
If any time remains, spend it on those questions about which you know nothing or almost nothing. As you go back through, do not change all answers. Remember: Your first guess is usually right.

7 It’s About Time Don’t spend too much time rewriting or obsessing about neatness. Don’t worry about running out of time. You won’t, you can have as much time as you need.

8 Pace Yourself Don’t spend too much time on any one question. Do your best and then move on. Answer the questions in order. If you are stuck on a question, take your best guess or skip it and return to it later.

9 Do not… Do not make cross out marks on answers you eliminate.
Do not talk during the test Do not talk with others about the questions after the test Do not take notes about the test to share with others. I put B, you? What did you put for that symmetry question?

10 Multiple Choice Questions
If you do not understand the directions, ask for help. Read the question and all answer choices before marking anything. Some multiple choice questions will as for the “Best” Answer.

11 Multiple Choice Questions
Do not change your answers unless you are very uncertain about your first answer choice. Try to answer every question. Make the most intelligent guess you can.

12 The Process of Elimination
After you have been through all of the questions once, go back and find questions you have some knowledge about and eliminate choices that you know are incorrect. *But do not cross out these answers in your book.* I know C isn’t the answer!

13 The Process of Elimination
If you can eliminate two wrong answers, your chance of choosing the right answer is greater.

14 Skip, Return, Check If you finish early, check to make sure you have answered all questions before you close your book to submit your test. You will not be allowed to return to this section.

15 Key Words Find key words or phrases in the question that will help you choose the correct answer. ___ Left, difference, all together, beginning of the passage, in the end

16 Are we communicating? Make sure you understand what the question is asking. Be sure you are responding to the question that is being asked in open ended responses. Stay on topic.

17 Reading Passages read the questions first.
If the test requires you to read passages and then answer questions about what you read, read the questions first. By doing this, you will know what you are looking for as you read. This also helps you go faster on the test.

18 Reading Passages When there are several questions about a reading passage or chart, look for clues in other questions that will help you with those items about which you are unsure.

19 Math Computation When using scratch paper on a math test, double check to make sure that you have copied the problem correctly from the test booklet!

20 Math Line up place value correctly on your scratch paper (thousands, hundreds, tens, ones) or the answer will be incorrect. If you do not know a word on the math test ask your teacher. Teachers can help with the words on Math only. Look for key words

21 Math Computation If your answer does not match one of the choices, reread the problem, recopy the numbers, and try solving it again. A ruler is the only tool you will have to use. You are encouraged to make your own tools if you need to. Draw a number line, array, clock, or any tool you need to help you during the test

22 The Death Grip If your arm tires during testing it is probably due to the grip that you have on your pencil. Relax the grip and give those muscles a break. Do not do arm exercises during testing as this disturbs others. After you complete your test. Take a “brain break” then return and check your answers.

23 Final Tips Fill in bubbles fully, write neatly, and erase stray marks.
Double-check the test number in your test booklet against the answer sheet every few questions to be sure you haven’t gotten on the numbers mixed up.

24 When you are finished… Check your work one last time
You are not allowed to have any other materials, books, or work out until your teachers collect the tests.

25 Thank you, Mr. Know-it-all!
Remember it's okay not to know everything — unlike class tests, these tests will have some questions designed to challenge you. Take your time and try your best. YOU CAN DO IT! WE HAVE A GREAT SCHOOL, GREAT TEACHERS AND SMART STUDENTS! LET’S GO CT!!

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