This makes some children very nervous.
Try these ideas to help your child feel more comfortable before and during tests:
• Get an early start and prepare, prepare, prepare. Nothing will help your child’s confidence like knowing the material inside and out. He should start serious studying a week to 10 days before the test.
• Time homework. Some children are afraid they work too slowly and won’t finish the test. Time your child so he knows how long it takes him to do 10 problems or read five pages. See if he can improve his time while still doing a good job.
• Talk to your child’s teacher for tips on how to be a successful test-taker. She may suggest your child first quickly answer all the questions he is sure he knows, leaving him more time to figure out the others.
• Look for a study guide on test-taking. The librarian at your child’s school can probably recommend one.
• Help your child relax. Good luck charms, such as your handkerchief in his pocket, really do calm some children down and help them clear their heads.
• Encourage your child to take deep breaths, stretch briefly and close his eyes for just a moment right before the test begins.
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