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.
— 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.