NAEP(National Assessment of
Educational Progress) • 50 - 12th graders, random selection
March 17th & 18th
CAHSEE • 10th (Census), 11th, & 12th
April 13th - 17th
CST/CMA/CAPA Life Science • 10th grade
April 13th - May 1st
LAS Links Language Assessment • Spring
Proctoring (9th-12th ELs)
April 20th -24th
Smarter Balanced - Week 1 • 11th grade
April 27th - May 1st
Smarter Balanced - Week 2 • 11th grade
Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) • 9th grade ELs (Re-test if not Basic)
May 11th- 15th
A.P. and CAHSEE • 12th & 10th makeup
May 18th- 22nd
A.P. & Smarter Balanced • Makeups)
Preparing for the Test
Eat before a test. Having food in
your stomach will give you energy and help you focus but avoid heavy foods
which can make you groggy.
Set your alarm and have a backup
alarm set as well.
Go to the bathroom before walking
into the exam room. You don't want to waste anytime worrying about your
bodily needs during the test.
Test Taking Tips
Keep a positive attitude
throughout the whole test and try to stay relaxed. If you start to feel
nervous take a few deep breaths to relax.
Do the easiest problems first.
Don't stay on a problem that you are stuck on especially when time is a
Don't rush but pace yourself. Read
the entire question and look for keywords
Always read the whole question
carefully. Don't make assumptions about what the question might be.
If you don't know an answer, skip
it. Go on with the rest of the test and come back to it later. Other parts
of the test may have some information that will help you out with that
If you have time left when you are
finished, look over your test. Make sure that you have answered all the
questions, only change an answer if you misread or misinterpreted the
question because the first answer that you put is usually the correct one.
Watch out for careless mistakes and proofread your essay and/or short
the question before you look at the answer.
up with the answer in your head before looking at the possible answers,
this way the choices given on the test won't throw you off or trick you.
answers you know aren't right.
all the choices before choosing your answer.
there is no guessing penalty, always take an educated guess and select an
keep on changing your answer, usually your first choice is the right one,
unless you misread the question.
"All of the above" and "None of the above" choices, if
you are certain one of the statements is true don't choose "None of
the above" or one of the statements are false don't choose "All
of the above".
a question with an "All of the above" choice, if you see that at
least two correct statements, then "All of the above" is
probably the answer.
positive choice is more likely to be true than a negative one.
Usually the correct answer is the
choice with the most information.
Make estimates for your answers...
i.e. if you are asked to answer 48 x 12 = ?, you could expect a number
around 500, but if you end up with an answer around 5000, you'll know you
did something wrong.
Ways to Help Your Child
Prepare for Tests
best way to prepare for tests is to study, know the work, and take the
your child is nervous at test time, ask her teacher for tips on helping
sure that your child is in school and on time during the testing sessions.
Do not plan any doctor or dental appointments on test dates.
sure that you are aware of your child's performance and that you can help
interpret the results when they become available.
to keep well-informed about your child's tests. Know how test results are
used, and how they will affect your child's placement in school.
your child to study over a period of time rather than "cram" the
your child to listen carefully to all test-taking directions given by the
teacher and to ask questions about any directions that are unclear.
that your child gets his/her regular amount of sleep before the tests and
sure that your child eats his/her usual breakfast on the day of the test.
Hunger can detract from a good test performance.