As ISTEP gets closer we would like to share some test tips for our students. It is important to remember that test scores are only one measure of a student’s abilities, not the whole picture. Remember to stay positive and do your best!


Before Testing

  • Practice math using flash cards.
  • Practice reading by reading out loud.
  • Look over what you have learned and get help on any areas you may need.
  • Read your notes.
  • Limit your TV time. Studies show that kids who watch fewer than three hours of television a day scored higher on the national reading test than those who watch more.
  • Reduce test anxiety by staying positive. You can do it!
  • Go to bed early and get 8 hours of sleep.
  • Eat a good healthy breakfast all week.
  • Participate in physical activity to help relieve stress.
  • Get all your materials ready and be sure to pack extra pencils.


During the Test

  • Take your time but pace yourself.
  • Read the directions carefully.
  • Double check answers and numbering.
  • Attempt every question. Mark the ones that you don’t know and come back later.
  • Eliminate all the choices you know can’t be right.
  • Read and reread to help get the answers you need.
  • Never leave an answer blank.
  • Relax and just focus on doing your best!