6 WHAT DO THE PSSAs MEAN TO YOUR CHILD Gives your child an opportunity to show what they knowIndicate what your child has learned based upon Pennsylvania standardsIndicate if your child is proficient in the subject area
7 PreparationWyncote Elementary School students have been exposed to the content covered on the assessments. We stress that our teachers review concepts throughout the year.To reduce anxiety, test taking strategies are also reviewed throughout the year.
8 HOW TO PREPARE YOUR CHILD FOR THE PSSAs TEST WEEK TIPSBe sure your child gets plenty of sleepLimit your child’s TV and video timeGive them a hearty breakfast every daySpeak in a positive manner about the testsMake sure the child gets to school on timePlan appointments at another timeReview the PSSA CONTRACT
11 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.I know C isn’t the answer!
12 Skip, Return, CheckIf you finish early, check to make sure you have answered all questions.
13 Key WordsFind key words or phrases in the question that will help you choose the correct answer.
14 Are we communicating?Make sure you understand what the question is asking.Be sure you are responding to the question that is being asked.
15 Reading PassagesWhen 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.
16 Math ComputationWhen using scratch paper on a math test, double check to make sure that you have copied the problem correctly from the test booklet!
17 Math ComputationLine up place value correctly on your scratch paper (thousands, hundreds, tens, ones) or the answer will be incorrect.
18 Math ComputationIf your answer does not match one of the choices, reread the problem, recopy the numbers, and try solving it again.
19 MULTIPLE CHOICE STRATEGIES Read the question carefullyWhat is the question askingRead the answer choicesEliminate choices that are wrongDo the math and then pick the answer that best fits the choicesREAD THE QUESTION AGAIN AND CHECK YOUR ANSWER
20 OPEN ENDED QUESTION STRATEGIES Read the question prompt firstUnderline what it is asking you to doRespond to the questionRead the response to check for accuracy.Does the response make sense?Have you responded to what the prompt asked for?
21 PROBLEM SOLVING STRATEGIES Read the question carefullyWhat is the question asking for?Show your workMake sure you write the workWrite the correct unitsDO NOT ERASE YOUR WORK!Check your answer for mistakes
22 ‘Twas the Night Before Testing Go to bed on time.Put a few number 2 pencils with erasers in your backpack.Solve family/friend problems before the testing date.Talk to your parents about any concerns that you might have about the test.
23 The Morning of Testing Think Positive! Start your day as you always do.Eat a good breakfast.Think of what you will do to relax after you get home from school.Think Positive!
24 Words of encouragement for students Stay calmMake us proud – show what you know!Always check your workRead directions, questions and all answer choicesTry your best!