Tips for taking the TCAP

As the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program, or TCAP, testing gets under way in the Moffat County School District, here are some tips for parents to help prepare their children.

Physical preparation:

— Make sure your child gets a good rest the nights before the test. Children who are tired are less able to pay attention in class or to handle the demands of the test.

— Feed your child a nourishing breakfast on the mornings of the test. Hunger can detract from good test performance.

— Plan ahead to ensure your child is present and on time for the test. Don’t plan medical or dental appointments on testing days.

Ask your child to:

— Read directions carefully when the teacher gives out the test.

— Read questions carefully and all of the answer choices.

Remind your child:

— If you don’t know the answer to a question, skip it and go on to the next question. If there is time at the end of the test, return to the unanswered question.

— It is helpful to eliminate some of the answer choices that you think are wrong.

— It is better to tackle each question one at a time rather than thinking about the whole test at once.

— If you finish early, check your answers.

These TCAP tips were provided by Sunset Elementary School.

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