Counselors Corner - Test Taking Tips for Parents

It’s that time of year again, and all Colorado schools have begun their state testing.  State tests are important for your student’s success.  Because of this, test taking can be very stressful.  Here are some ways that you can help your student minimize stress and maximize their performance throughout the testing process.




  • Keep a positive attitude about the tests – reinforce with your child the importance of their testing results.  Testing results often tell the school what classes they should be taking, or what additional support your student may need.

  • Talk about the test at home.  Encourage your child to do his or her best, but not to stress about them.  No one expects them to be perfect!

  • Give words of encouragement.  Remind your student that the content on the tests is what he or she has been studying in his/her classes all year.  They are ready and they can do it!

  • Have your child get a good night’s rest.  Rest is important in having people feel their best.  A student who feels tired can get overwhelmed very quickly.

  • Eat a good breakfast.  Students who are full can focus easier and longer than students who feel hungry.  Plus, breakfast is brain food – just like a car needs gas, your student needs food to fuel their bodies and brains!

  • Get to school on time.  Students who feel rushed to get to school, start their day with anxiety.  Anxiety leads to frustration and poorer test performance.  Also, testing starts on time – if your student is late for school, he/she may have to take his/her tests on another day which will remove him from instructional time.

  • Talk to your child about the test that they took that day.  Talking can relieve stress and help your child feel successful in what he/she has achieved.

Above all, remind your student often of how proud of them you are for working so hard on their school work and their tests!  Your encouragement, love, and support are the strongest tools in your parent tool belt for helping your child to grow up to be a strong, independent, and well adjusted adult.