Test Taking Strategies PostersSOL (Standards of Learning) Test Taking TipsGrades 3 - 5
GENERAL STRATEGIES TO HELP YOU ON THE SOL TESTS
1. READ THE ENTIRE QUESTION
It is very important that you take the time to read the entire question. If you don’t, you may miss important information and misunderstand the question
2. READ ALL OF THE ANSWER CHOICES
Just as it is important to read the entire test question, it is also important to read and carefully consider all of the answer choices. Remember that for each question, you are looking for the BEST answer. If you do not read all of the answers, you may pick a possible answer, but not the BEST answer.
3. TRY EVERY ANSWER.
Try out every answer. By considering each answer, you can be more certain that you choose the BEST answer. The first answer may sound good, but another choice may be a better answer.
4. PROCESS OF ELIMINATION
If you don’t know the answer to a question, eliminate any answers that you know are incorrect. Doing this will help you narrow down your choices. The fewer choices left mean a better chance of answering the question correctly. Answering even two or three more questions correctly could mean the difference passing or not passing the test.
Guessing should not be the first strategy you try. You should only guess after you have tried other strategies. By reading the question carefully, you may be able to eliminate one or two of the choices. Make your best guess by choosing the answer that makes the most sense to you.
6. CHECK YOUR WORKMake sure you have answered every question. Never leave an answer blank. Make sure you have chosen only one answer for each question.
7. USE YOUR TOOLS
You have practiced with all the tools available on the SOL Online Tests. Use whatever tools are available to you during the test. If you have questions about a tool, raise your hand.Want to know more? Visit the Virginia Department of Education’s website and practice with the Test Nav 7 tools. There are practice items for Grades 3, 4, and 5Don’t forget about SOLPASS!
http://www.solpass.orgTAKING YOUR TEST ONLINEYou will be taking all of your SOL Tests online. You have practiced with the Test Nav 7 Interface.
If your computer does something you are not expecting, raise you hand for assistance. Work slowly and read carefully. You will have scratch paper and pencil to use if you need it. Do not clilck "SUBMIT" until you have checked with your teacher.
Also, don’t forget to look for key words to tell you what kind of computation or process is needed.
· Less than
· Greater than
· All together
· Left over...are some examples
BEFORE THE TEST
One key to doing well on the SOL TESTS is to get enough sleep the night before. Your mind and body need rest after a busy day. Most people need about 8 hours of sleep. You may need a little more or a little less. If you are well rested, you will be better able to concentrate and remember information. Being well rested can also help with anxiety.
Remember to wear comfortable clothing and dress for the temperature of your classroom. You may want to dress in layers. This way you will be ready if it is warm or cool in the room on the day of the test.
If you are supposed to wear glasses, wear them!!!
THE DAY OF THE TEST
Now that you are well rested and are wearing comfortable clothes, let’s talk about food...
• The importance of good meals.
Food is what fuels your body and mind. That is why eating a well-balanced breakfast is one way to prepare for the SOL TESTS. Think healthy choices like our PE survey done in lunch.
CONTROLLING WORRY AND ANXIETY
You can control some of your worry and anxiety by being prepared for the test. Getting a good night’s sleep, eating a healthy breakfast and wearing comfortable clothes are a good start.
Being prepared for the test also means that you have the supplies you need. Be sure to bring your #2 pencils and a good eraser
A strategy to use for test anxiety or worry in general is called BATS. BATS is an acronym for:
A: Ask yourself to count to ten (not out loud)
T: Think of your favorite place (picture a scene or think of a memory that makes you happy)
S: Say, “I’m okay. I can handle it!” (Think positively)
THIS IS A TEST. THIS IS ONLY A TEST.
Listen carefully to all directions. Ask questions if necessary. Be alert, but calm. Panicking will not help. Remember to breathe!
Take your time! Rushing may cause you to make a silly mistake.
Have all necessary materials such as pencils and erasers. If the test allows you to use a calculator (Grade 5 ONLY) or a ruler, your teacher will provide this for you.
Pay very close attention to the sample questions. This is the time to ask if you do not understand something.
NOW LET’S TALK ABOUT TAKING THE TEST
Read the entire direction line twice.
•It is important to read the entire direction line carefully so you know exactly what to do.
•Some questions will tell you to look for the answer choice that is correct.
•Some questions will tell you to look for the answer
choice that has a mistake.
Look for KEY WORDS
A KEY WORD is a word in the test question that tells you what to look for in the answer.
Sometimes key words are written in all CAPITAL LETTERS. They may be printed in bold, italics, or underlined.
Another Helpful Strategy:
If the questions have a passage, a paragraph, table or graph, read the questions that go with it first. Underline or highlight the important words or phrases. This will give you an idea of what to look for while reading the passages.