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Checklist for the Day of the Test

by Cindy Short and Sue Welch

  • Plan ahead for a peaceful, unhurried evening and morning before the test.
  • Check directions to the testing site and plan to leave and arrive early to avoid stress before the test.
  • Make sure your child sleeps well, eats a healthy breakfast, and gets enough water to drink.
  • Be prepared with necessary tools such as extra pencils or calculators if allowed.
  • If this is your child’s first test, you may want to be present in the back of the room for at least part of the time to relieve his anxiety.
  • Be sure your child understands what to do if he needs to go to the bathroom during the test. (Have him go right before the test.)
  • Avoid conversations between other students and your child before a test; anxiety is contagious.
  • Pray with your child that he will remember what he has learned and do his best. Thank the Lord that He promised to always be with your child.
  • The spiritual lessons and experiences of trusting the Lord in everyday circumstances and working under pressure can be a much greater life-long benefit than the actual test itself.

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