Florida DOE: FCAT Publications for Teachers
A web page with a variety of FCAT resources for teachers including released tests, content focus for each subject area and “What Every Teacher Should Know about FCAT.”
Alachua County: Facing the FCAT Together
Ideas for parents and students when taking FCAT
Broward County: High Stakes Testing: Managing Test Anxiety
Strategies for students, parents, and teachers to reduce test anxiety
Dade County: 101 FCAT Tips
Strategies for taking FCAT prior to the test, during the test, and by subject area
Escambia County: Testing Tips
Elementary math and writing strategies
This website includes both FCAT Explorer and FOCUS – which is a new resource for implementing Florida’s Continuous Improvement Model.
Florida Center for Instructional Technology
Produced by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology and Pinellas County, this staff development tool is designed to help teachers prepare students for the FCAT.
Florida Virtual School
The Florida Virtual School and The Florida Learning Alliance's FCAT Prep Courses are designed to prepare students for the 8th and 10th grade FCAT Tests.
Hillsborough County FCAT Tips for Teachers and Parents
Manatee County FCAT Resources
A variety of FCAT preparation resources
NEFEC FCAT Prep Resources
Putnam County FCAT Resources
Provides FCAT links for parents as well as a link to NEFEC, which gives the history, an overview, and training for the FCAT.
South Florida Museum Practice FCAT Test
Test Preparation Practice/Review
Chicago Public Schools: Preparing Your Elementary and High School Students to Take Standardized Tests
These booklets provide school staff with research-based strategies for helping students perform better on standardized achievement tests, and examine test-taking skills, test-wiseness, test anxiety, and test performance.
Helping Children Master the Tricks and Avoid the Traps of Standardized Tests
Lists some of the mistakes and suggests several teaching strategies that may be useful to teachers when preparing their class to take standardized tests.
No Pain, High Gain: Standardized Test Preparation
Take Out Your No. 2 Pencils
Overcoming Test Anxiety
Strategies for teachers to use when helping students overcome test anxiety.
Preparing Students to Take the California Standards Test
Although for California, provides test taking ideas for standardized tests.
Tennessee: Test Strategies for Students, Parents, and Teachers
Preparing for the test, during the test and after the test strategies
DOE: FCAT Test Taking Tips for Parents to Remember
Ideas for parents when helping their children prepare for tests
Arizona: Year Round Activities to Develop Testwise Students
Preparing for tests with children
California: Objective Test Taking
Ideas for objective tests including preparation and test wiseness
Making the A: How to Study for Tests
Techniques for taking essay,
multiple choice, and other types of exams are reviewed.
Includes scheduling time, planning for unread material, reviewing, and utilizing effective test-taking techniques
How to Study for Essay Tests
Includes instruction/direction words for essay questions, how to predict test questions, and taking the test (seven pages)
Michigan: General Tips and Test-Taking Strategies
Ideas to reduce test anxiety, when you get the test, and before turning in a test
Pennsylvania: Test-Taking Strategies
Before, during and after the
Test Taking Strategies
This web site offers general guidelines for test taking and recommendations on how to successfully respond to specific types of tests such as true/false, essay, and multiple-choice.
Suggestions for general, essay, objective and problem tests
Taking In-Class Essay Exams
Preparation for the test, day of the exam, and taking the exam
Test Taking Skills: Effective Study Techniques for Essay Tests
Suggestions for essay tests
include how to predict questions from notes, practice writing answers, and plan
an approach to answering the actual test questions.
How to Keep Calm During Tests; Are You “Test Anxious?”
Test Anxiety: Frequently Asked Questions
Reducing Test Anxiety
Three main areas a student can work on to reduce test anxiety include mental preparation, physical preparation, and relaxation techniques.
Wisconsin: Test Taking Strategies
Tips for before and during the test
Test Quest: Be a Better Test-Taker, Grades 1-6 (on-line video)
Test Taking Strategies
Pre-test strategies, strategies for any type of exam, and post-test evaluation