Item Sampler TCAP Test Taking Tips PPT 1st Semester Exam Study


Strategies for Taking

Standardized Tests

‘Twas the Night Before Testing

Go to bed on time


Put a few number 2 pencils with erasers in your backpack.

Solve family/friend problems before the testing date.

Talk to your parents about any concerns that you might have about the test.

The Morning of Testing

• Start your day as you always do.

• Eat a good breakfast.

• Think of what you will do to relax after you get home from school.

• Think Positively!

The Time is Now to….


“Jail” the Detail!

• Highlight, underline, or circle the details in the questions. This helps you focus on exactly what the question is asking you to do.

Mr. Detail

Be Slick and Predict!

• Predict what the answer is

BEFORE you read the choices.

“I think the answer is …”

Slash the Trash!

• Read ALL of the answer choices!

Eliminate any choice(s) that you know are not the correct answer and

“trash” them.

The Process of Elimination

• After you have been through all of the questions once, go back and find questions you have some knowledge about and eliminate choices that you know are incorrect.

I know


isn’t the answer!

The Process of Elimination

• If you can eliminate two wrong answers, your chance of choosing the right answer is greater.

Plug it in, Plug it in!

• Once you have chosen your answer, plug it in and make sure that it makes sense! (This works really well with vocabulary questions.)

Be Smart With Charts & Zap the Maps!

• Charts and Maps provide information that you can use to answer questions!



information provided before answering the questions!

Extra! Extra! Read All About


• If the directions say read…. READ! Pay close attention to signal words in the directions, such as




, and






, and


Be a Whiz…with the Grid!

• Beware! If the answer is not bubbled in exactly right… YIKES! It will be wrong!

• Make sure that all stray marks are completely erased from the answer sheet.

Keep On Keeping On!

• If you get to a couple of questions that you just don’t know, don’t give up! Keep trying your best!

• If you did not mark that as a sure answer question, go back at the end.

If you SNOOZE, you LOSE!

• Don’t leave a question unanswered. You will not have ANY chance of getting it right


• You are not penalized for guessing.

Check It Out!

• When you have completed the test, go back and check your work!

• Use all the time. It was given for a reason.

Practice for the Test



(practice test and item

• TCAP Coach book

• Test Preparation pages in the textbook

• Journey Across Time workbook

• Practice test booklet

Review Important Vocabulary

• Using PowerPoint games

• Flash cards (created by the students)

• Pass-It-On activity

• I have…, Who has….

• Concept Maps