When it comes to the memories that we all had about being in school, most of us remember that something that happened, basically like clockwork, was having a week of school that dedicated to taking standardized tests. They weren’t things that you could “study” for because they were used to assess how much you had naturally retained; however, there were things that you could do to make taking the tests much easier.
It may be hard to believe, but now you have a teenager in the same position. If you want to help him or her prepare for their own standardized testing, we have five tips that will bring out the best testing results.
How to Help Your Teen Prepare for Standardized Testing
Plenty of rest. Who works at their optimal level if they are sleep deprived? The only real cure for exhaustion is sleep and so the week before your teen’s testing, encourage them to go to bed about an hour earlier than they usually do. It will help to keep their stress levels down so that they’re calm during test time.
Healthy meals. It pretty much goes without saying that the mornings of the tests your teen should have a full breakfast. However, did you know that there are actual foods that naturally provide brainpower? Some of them include avocados, blueberries, salmon, oatmeal, eggs, tuna, and even dark chocolate. While these are good things to incorporate into your daily diet, it certainly can’t hurt to at least make sure that your teen has these foods throughout test week.
Note taking. Because one of the purposes of standardized testing is to see how much your teen has retained, one way to sharpen their skills is to have them do a bit of note-taking. Of course, they already do that in school and so one way to make it more fun for them is to “assign” them a couple of television programs that they have to take notes on to explain to you what the episode was about. It will seem like less like work to them, but their brain will still get a bit of a workout.
Mock tests. If you ask some older students who may be in the midst of a GMAT review what they would recommend for preparing for tests, many of them would say that it’s a good idea to take a few mock tests. You can find GMAT prep course online to help you get ready for the real exam.
Those are tests that “mimic” the real thing. Websites like Kent Prep have some that range from K-12, including mock PSAT and SATs.
Play games. Any kind of games that help a teen to think and strategize are ones that can be beneficial to preparing them for standardized tests. Although ones like Memory are typically for younger children, it can be useful to encourage your teen to play them with their younger brother or sister or have a family game night. Or, they can sit with you and play a round of something like Monopoly or Life. The main point here is to get them to do something that can be fun but also will encourage them to focus and think–the main two things that they’ll definitely need to do while taking their standardized tests.