Countdown To TCAP
It’s that time again. Children throughout the state of Tennessee are sharpening their #2 pencils and sweating in nervous anticipation. At Gra-Mar Middle Prep, administrators, teachers and students have been busy preparing for our biggest test of the year and we are confident that we are “READY!”
From April 29th – May 2nd, students will take the Tennessee Comprehensive Achievement Test (TCAP). The TCAP Achievement Test uses multiple-choice questions to measure knowledge and application skills in various subject areas for grades K–8. The results of the TCAP Achievement Test provide valuable information regarding a student’s progress in Tennessee. This test counts 20% of your child’s grade and will determine if they pass or fail for the school year. Please keep reading to find out how you can help prepare your child for this very important test:
“Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.” -- John Wooden
Preparing for Test Day
- Note test dates on your home calendar so you can help your child be ready.
- Schedule doctors’ visits and other appointments on non-testing days. It’s important that all children are present for tests. However, if your child is ill, please keep him/her at home and notify the school. Find out when and if make-up tests will be given.
- Help your child understand that tests are not only used to measure his/her progress, but also to show how well the school and teachers are doing.
- Encourage your child to ask questions of the teacher if he/she does not understand test instructions.
- Be sure your child gets a good night of sleep before test days.
On the Day of Test
- Encourage your child to eat a good breakfast before heading off to school or in the cafeteria at school.
- See that your child arrives at school on time and is relaxed.
- Tell your child to listen to what the teachers say about the tests, and to be careful with reading directions and marking answers.
- Talk to your child about these testing hints
- read and pay careful attention to all directions;
- read every answer before choosing one;
- reread the passage if you need more information;
- don’t guess—try to get the correct answer by reasoning and eliminating;
- skip difficult questions until all other questions have been answered;
- make sure to record the answer in the right place on the answer sheet;
- don’t change an answer unless you are certain the first answer you checked is wrong;
- work as rapidly as you can with accuracy; and
- if you have time, check your answers.
- A little bit of test anxiety is normal; it can help students work harder and more efficiently. However, too much stress affects performance. Encourage your child to do the best work he/she is capable of doing, but don’t stress scores and results.
- Don’t overemphasize the importance of the test. Remind your child to relax and think positively!
After the Test
- Reward your child for his/her hard work!
- Use test results to strengthen weaknesses and celebrate strengths!
Antoinette Williams, Ed.D.
Gra-Mar Middle Prep School
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