My two oldest children take group testing at a local church, in May. We kinda, sort of, start preparing for this test in February. Sir Son usually works on his own and I don’t have too much to prepare for him.
My Lady Daughter 1, though, needs extra help. She lost it in the middle of a math section the first year she took the group testing. I failed to mention that there will be questions on there we haven’t covered and it is ok. oops
There are several things we do to prepare for this day.
- I purchase the Iowa Prep Test, Scoring High. Each week day we do several of the timed tests. I make the house quiet, go over instructions, set a timer, and give a 5 minute ending warning. Basically, I set up just as if she is taking the test. This helps to prepare her for the timed portions and tells me where we have holes in her education.
- We take extra time to go over any problem areas or holes.
- I make their favorite dinner the night before and favorite breakfast the morning of the test. This is not the time to force them to eat something they hate.
- With this group testing they are allowed a snack. Snack is scheduled half way through the testing; usually between the Math and English. I make sure the snack is healthy, no sugar or junk, and is high in protein. For my son it is some sort of granola bar without peanuts. Daughter gets fruit and yogurt or a muffin (whole wheat). Included in their snacks are two large, homemade, chocolate chip cookies. This is their reward when they finish the test.
When the kids come out of testing, they are all smiles. It is so much fun to hear their comments about the test. One year my son came out and said the very first question in English was really, really weird. There was something wrong with it. I, being the teacher, told him he may have read it wrong. About five other kids came up, individually, and said the same thing, it was a really, really weird question. 😀
On the way home my kids eat their cookies and talk about what they will do next, now that they are free from school.
If your children have yearly tests, what do you do to prepare?