What Teachers Can Do
Tips for Teachers:
1) Encourage students to read broadly to expose their brains to various ideas, genres, and topics.
2) Prepare students by teaching them test-focused vocabulary in ALL subject areas, focusing especially area-specific lingo and terminology.
3) Take students through practice questions and focus on "trick" or "distracting" answers that mislead them from selecting the correct answer.
4) Have students ONLY take the test during testing time. In other words, students are not allowed to read, nap, or do homework from other classes while the test is being administered. This gives them time to look over the test several times and check for "silly" mistakes.
5) Practice the skill of inferring (reading between the lines). Have students read sight passages and then summarize the "gist" or main idea in 3-5 words. This can help them pinpoint what the passage actually MEANS.
6) Use Process of Elimination (POE) to help students narrow down and eliminate wrong answers.
7) Teach students to mark up their tests.
8) Reinforce logic and POE on the math section, emphasizing the questions where students do not necessarily have to calculate to get the right answer.
9) Start having conversations with students about their scores and encourage them to try their best on the test. You can find data right now in MyData, and we hope to provide teachers with copies of students' previous year test scores and achievement levels to facilitate these conversations.