Test Taking Tips

This post is based on a true story.  One of our staffs’ children took the CogAT test a month ago.  The 5th grader took the test, and was generally happy about the test process, but admitted that she left a bunch of answers blank – to the dismay of her mom!

Test taking tip #1:  

Even the brightest kids do poorly on standardized tests.  Get familiar with the test format.  This can make or break your child’s performance on the standardized test!  Do your research, grab a workbook from our collection of workbooks.  get our Smarty Buddy App.

The CogAT test results came back.  An lo and behold, the 5th grader got 91-94 on all sections except the section that she left blank…. 67!

Test taking tip #2:  

Ok, do this several times with your child! Talk about the importance of answering every question!  If your child answers the question as an educated guess, there is a 25% chance the answer will be correct (1 out of 4 answer choices).  But if the child skips the questions that seem hard, there is no chance of getting points for those questions.

Even the brightest kids do poorly on standardized tests.  Get familiar with the test format.  This can make or break your child’s performance on the standardized test!

Test taking tip #3

Talk about managing time on the test.  Answer every question, and mark any questions that are hard and need extra time for review. (on paper test circle the question. On the computer test, use the scrap paper to mark the question numbers)  If time allows, come back to the questions as needed and double check your work.

Test taking tip #4

Some school systems are administering the CogAT test on computers.  This is also a true story  – one child’s computer died in the middle of the test.  The child did not perform as well as she could.  She started getting nervous and ultimately got a low score.  As a parent, you should be able to appeal the test score to the school system for a retest or reconsideration for the gifted program based on the hardware malfunction during test time.

Good luck with your test prep and as always leave us review and comments to help us build our community!

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