MCA Testing
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 8:00 AM

It’s MCA season! Our 8th grade students have completed the reading MCA; our 6th and 7th grade students will take the reading test beginning this week. Students will take the math MCA starting April 16. Our 8th graders will take the science MCA May 6-7.

Here are some tips to help prepare for standardized tests at home:
The Night Before

  • Help your child get to bed on time. Research shows that being well-rested helps students do better.
  • Help children resolve immediate arguments before going to bed.
  • Keep your routine as normal as possible. Upsetting natural routines may make children feel insecure.
  • Mention the test to show you’re interested, but don’t dwell on it.
  • Plan ahead to avoid conflicts on the morning of the test.

The Morning of the Test

  • Get up early to avoid rushing. Be sure to have your child at school on time.
  • Have your child eat a good breakfast at home or at school, but not a heavy one. Research shows that students do better if they have breakfast before they take tests.
  • Be positive about the test.
  • Acknowledge that tests can be hard and that they’re designed so that no one will know all of the answers.
  • Explain that doing your best is what counts.
  • The important thing is to make your child comfortable and confident about the test.

After the Test

  • Talk to your child about their feelings about the test, making sure you acknowledge the effort such a task requires.
  • Discuss what was easy and what was hard; discuss what your child learned from the test.
  • Discuss what changes your child would make if they were to retake the test.
  • Explain that performance on a test is not a condition for you to love your child. You love your child just for the person they are.