Standardized Test language


Just give worksheets similar to the standardized test. Mark answers right or wrong, and return.

  •  If they are naturally good at tests, they may not understand the strategies they are using.
  • If they are not, they have no way of seeing which underlying strategies work or don't work. 


Read a quick passage and write a related standardized test question on the board. Just pull one from a worksheet.

  • Ask the class: is this a well written question? Why or why not. 
  • Have three children go up and share what they think the answer is and why (starting to create test strategies.) 
  • Ask the students to help you write a similar question (creating a question helps them understand the format of these questions better.) Write it on the board, modeling writing and spelling strategies. Think out loud as you write. Saying out loud - new word starts with capital, period and so forth . . . help make writing techniques routine.
  • Once students have been exposed to format, have students write ten questions at the end of each unit. Pull the best one or two from each student for the end of the unit test (each student gets one freebie). 
  • Even though the questions may be recall or low level, deconstructing and understanding the language of standardized test questions is not.