Test Anxiety Debunked With Helpful Strategies
From Tuesday, May 1st-Friday, May 4th, the middle school will likely look and sound quite different than it normally does. Rather than hearing stimulating and energetic class discussions in both English and Spanish, or seeing students tinker with robots and iPads, visitors will walk through a quiet building with students busily taking the CTP-4 tests on computers.
Gone are the days of number two pencils, filling in bubbles, and score sheets. Students now take the annual standardized test on computers and the middle school faculty will be working with the students over the next month to help them prepare for these tests. In addition to ensuring that students’ computers are able to run the testing software, faculty will also be guiding the students through practice questions, registering for the test, time management, and how to deal with the stresses that often accompany any kind of standardized test.
We have a few suggestions for ways to help your child prepare for the test at home. As many of us know, analogies commonly arise on tests such as the CTP-4. Help your student develop his/her understanding of analogies and items that are alike vs. different. The next time you visit the grocery store pick up two items that might be classified as “different” on the surface such as an apple and orange. Ask your child “how are these items similar?” By identifying that they are both grown from seeds can be a helpful way to pinpoint those subtle similarities.
Another common set of questions that are found on the CTP-4 test are reading comprehension questions. We suggest taking notice of what book(s) your child is currently reading outside of school. Ask him/her questions about the plot, protagonist(s), antagonist(s), and themes of the book. You might also consider doing a family read and sitting down together to discuss these items. Helping your child articulate the deeper meaning behind what he/she is reading will do a great deal with the reading comprehension test.
Above anything else, it is imperative for our students to not become overwhelmed and stressed by this test. It is one of many ways we measure progress and adequate rest, healthy meals, and a calm attitude will do far more than any test preparation strategy. As the first week of May approaches, be sure to contact your student’s advisor with any questions regarding these tests. Announcements of a more logistical nature will begin running in Weekly Announcements in mid-April. Thank you for your support as we ready our students for these tests!
Your comment must be approved before it will be added.