Best Methods for i-Ready Diagnostic Test
i-Ready Diagnostic Test Prep Methods for Success
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Here are test prep tips for students taking the i-Ready test:
- Do as many practice questions as you can – the more comfortable you are with the material, the more confident you will feel!
- Study in 25 – 30-minute chunks, then take a break. Your practicing is 100% effective at first and 20% effective after 30 minutes. By taking a break, you’ll go back to 100% effective when you start again.
- There’s no penalty for guessing, so always make your best guess.
- To improve your odds of guessing right, ALWAYS eliminate answer choices that you feel are wrong before you guess.
- Watch out for “distractors” – answers that seem obvious but are incorrect.
- Read the instructions and the full question before answering. If there are charts or pictures that go with a question, look them over – they are there for a reason.
- Don’t lose focus or get distracted by those around you.
- Manage your time – don’t rush, but don’t get stuck on one question either.
- If you feel anxious, use breathing techniques and positive self-talk to calm yourself. Reframe your anxiety as a positive. Tell yourself that you’re excited to take the test; it matters to you. According to Harvard psychologist Jeremy Jamieson, “Recent research suggests that stress doesn’t hurt performance on tests and can even help performance. People who feel anxious during a test might actually do better. If you find yourself feeling anxious, simply remind yourself that your stress could help you do well.”
Here are test prep tips for parents to help their kid prepare for the i-Ready test:
- Understand the Test: Research the i-Ready Diagnostic Test to understand its structure, content, and purpose. Knowing what to expect can help you guide your child effectively.
- Review the Basics: Reinforce foundational skills in reading and math, as these are the core areas assessed by the i-Ready Diagnostic Test.
- Regular Practice: Encourage your child to practice regularly. Consistent practice helps reinforce learning and builds confidence.
- Use i-Ready Resources: Use the resources provided by i-Ready, including practice materials and study guides available on Testing Mom.
- Maintain a Study Schedule: Develop a consistent study schedule. Consistency can help your child stay focused and reduce anxiety.
- Promote Healthy Habits: Ensure your child is eating well, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly. A healthy body contributes to a healthy mind.
- Stress Management: Teach your child stress management techniques such as deep breathing or mindfulness exercises. Test-related anxiety can impact performance.
- Positive Mindset: Foster a positive mindset about the test. Encourage your child to see it as an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, not as a threat.
- Reading Habits: Encourage regular reading. This helps improve comprehension skills, vocabulary, and overall language proficiency.
- Make Learning Fun: Use educational games and apps to make learning engaging and fun.
- Take Breaks: Ensure your child takes regular breaks during study sessions to avoid burnout.
- Encourage Questions: Encourage your child to ask questions when they don’t understand something. This promotes active learning.
- Personalize Learning: Tailor the learning process to your child’s unique needs and learning style for maximum effectiveness.
- Real-life Applications: Show your child how what they’re learning applies to real-life situations. This can make learning more interesting and relevant.
- Mock Tests: Use practice tests to familiarize your child with the test format and improve their timing. We suggest you utilize a Testing Mom test prep tutor who can help your child with test taking strategies if your child seems to be struggling.
- Review Mistakes: Go over any mistakes made during practice. Understanding errors is a powerful learning tool.
- Celebrate Progress: Celebrate small victories and improvements. This boosts your child’s confidence and motivation.
- Set Realistic Goals: Set achievable goals for your child’s test preparation. This gives them a clear path to follow.
- Provide a Good Study Environment: Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to study, free from distractions.
- Stay Involved: Be involved in your child’s preparation. Your support and encouragement can make a huge difference.