Testing Tips

  • Here are some testing tips our teachers have been using all year!
    Third Grade:
    • Read the questions before reading the text to help you be on the lookout for important information
    • Stop at the end of sections and ask yourself what was important about what you read - can you tell who or what it is about? Where? When? Why? What happened or what did the person do?
    • Read the question more than once before answering
    • Ask yourself what each of the numbers means and what are you trying to find in word problems before you do any work
    • Read each question carefully and completely
    • Go back and check your work

    • Go back and find the answer in the text

    • Don’t be afraid to draw a picture to help understand a math word problem

    • Don't just pick which answer you think is correct. Make sure you prove that the other choices are not correct.

    • Read each question carefully. Some questions will ask for more than one answer choice. If you only choose one and not two or more, you will get the entire question wrong.

    • Read each story/article and then preview the questions. Then reread the story to find the answers. Always read the story/article at least twice!

    • Use your scratch paper to work out each problem.

    Fourth Grade: 


    • Get a good night’s sleep the night before you are to take a test. Go to bed on time and try to think of pleasant things while you are going to sleep.
    • Eat a healthy breakfast the morning of the test.
    • Leave home early enough that you have plenty of time to get to your classroom without rushing. This will help you relax.
    • Bring whatever materials your teacher tells you to bring, such as #2 pencils.
    • Think positively. Remember that you have worked hard in class and this is an opportunity to “show what you know.” Don’t worry if you are a little nervous because that is natural.



    • Once your teacher begins telling the directions for the test, listen very carefully to everything that is said. Pay particular attention to the time limits on the test.
    • Plan your time wisely. Do not spend too much time on one question.
    • Stay focused. Keep your mind on what you are reading. If your mind begins to wander, go back and reread that section.
    • For the reading portion of the test, read the passages very carefully. You may look back at the passage as often as you like. Remember, look back in the story or article to find the answer.
    • Read all questions very carefully. Make sure you understand what the question is asking. Eliminate any extra information that you don’t need to answer the question.
    • Read all answer choices very carefully. Try to eliminate two answer choices right away, if you can. That way, you can concentrate on the other two answer choices. Remember to choose the BEST answer. Two answer choices may be similar, but one of them will be a BETTER choice.
    • Remember, you may not know the answer to every question. That’s OK, use your test-taking skills to choose which answer you think is the best one and then, move on.
    • If you get to a passage that seems hard or long or boring, don’t give up. Give it your best try.
    • Remember to mark your answers neatly and clearly. If you have to change an answer, cleanly erase the mark that you do not want.
    • Grades 4 and 5 use a scan sheet for the FSA test. Be careful marking your answers on the scan sheet. Only mark one bubble for each answer and make sure that you have not skipped any questions. Check to be sure that you are on the same number on the scan sheet as you are in the test booklet. 


    • After you have finished the test, if you have time left, be sure to check your answers carefully.
    • Make sure that you have not skipped any questions.
    • Make sure that you only have one answer for each question.


    • Watch for a change in directions.  They may change within the same section of a test.
    • Choose the questions  you know first.  Leave the hard ones for later.
    • Read all the choices - even after you find the right choice.
    • Read each choice as if it were a true or false statement.  Select the choice that is true.
    • Use common sense.  Ignore obvioulsy wrong choices.  Look at the "good" choices carefully to pick the "best" one.
    • Take  your time.  Carefully think about similar choices.
    • Be careful of statement that use words like always, never, and sometimes.
    • Decided what the question really asks, ignore unimportant information.

    Fifth Grade: