This week, April 1-5, grades 1-2 are taking the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and grade 9 is taking the Iowa Test of Educational Development.Tomorrow, April 2, the voluntary universal ACT assessment will be administered. Next week, April 8-12, grades 3-8 will be taking Augmented Benchmark Exams. End-of-course geometry exams are April 16-17, end-of-course biology exams are April 23-24, end-of-course algebra I exams are May 7-8.
Make sure your child:
• Gets plenty of sleep the night before the test. A loss of one hour of sleep is equivalent to [the loss of] two years of cognitive maturation and development. Recommendations by age group: 3-6 years old: 10-12 hours/day. 7-12 years old: 10-11 hours/day. 12-18 years old: 8-9 hours/day
• Eats a good breakfast the day of the test. Avoid sugary foods. High-protein foods like scrambled eggs can help aid concentration and minimize fatigue
• Is present every day during testing period.
• Has a pleasant home environment free of unnecessary stressors.
• Knows you’re thinking about him/her. Wish your child good luck every morning of testing.
Tips for children:
• Answer easy questions first then go back and answer harder questions
• For hard questions, eliminate incorrect options then make an educated guess
• Answer every question, guess if necessary
• If the child finishes before time is called, recheck answers for that