how to help kids with poor test taking skills

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how to help kids with poor test taking skills

My son has poor test taking skills. He knows the answers to the questions but he is careless, doesn't think about it, or isn't otherwise interested. He's still young, but unfortunately his school makes the kids do these standardized testing at younger than 3rd grade level. He will go into 2nd grade this year.

Is it just age mostly that makes trouble in answering the questions? Is it usually something else? He will just leave lots blank or just out of carelessness mark the wrong answer.

I was hoping to try help him and I'm unsure how to help.

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He's only six, don't worry about it! The standardized tests don't even count until third grade. In second grade, the teacher should start doing practice tests and work on test-taking skills. In first grade my daughter connected all the bubbles with lines, and drew little picture frames around each question. I don't think she even answered one question. In second grade, she did great. Kids just need time & practice to learn how to take the test, and that's part of the second grade curriculum.

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"Spacers" wrote:

He's only six, don't worry about it! The standardized tests don't even count until third grade. In second grade, the teacher should start doing practice tests and work on test-taking skills. In first grade my daughter connected all the bubbles with lines, and drew little picture frames around each question. I don't think she even answered one question. In second grade, she did great. Kids just need time & practice to learn how to take the test, and that's part of the second grade curriculum.

Thank you so much for sharing that. I feel so much better, and I'm sure that'll reflect much better on his stress levels Biggrin