There are a number of ways you can help your child to prepare at home for school tests:
- Talk to your child about the purpose of the tests and how they will be given an opportunity to show what they have learnt in class.
- Discuss the format that test questions can take, such as multiple choice items, short response questions and writing tasks.
- Your child will need to work on an individual basis for set periods of time - explain to them that it will be just like when they do homework on their own.
- When you read together, ask your child questions about the story to make sure they understand what they are reading.
- Encourage your child to write descriptive stories about something they have seen, heard or read about - who are the main characters, what are they trying to do and why, where is the story set and how will it end.
- Share examples of persuasive writing with your child. Together listen and/or look for words, phrases and techniques that helped the writer persuade the listener. Co-create a persuasive letter about an issue important to your child using some of these techniques.
- Maintain a positive attitude about the tests.
- Ensure your child gets plenty of sleep leading up to tests.
- Ensure your child exercises and eats healthy meals regularly, including breakfast.
Parents and carers should read test results in conjunction with ongoing teacher feedback and the semester report from the school. This will give a more comprehensive report of student achievement.
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