Spring is here, along with AzMERIT and AIMS testing.
No need to panic! You got this! Test-taking can be stressful but if you follow these pointers, it should go smoothly for you.
- Get to bed early the night before each test day
- Eat breakfast every day
- Don’t stress
- Be on time
- Don’t be absent
Test Taking Pointers
Read the directions as carefully as you read each question.
Sometimes you will be asked for the statement that doesn’t fit or the answer that is least likely. Only look for the right answer if that’s what the directions say to do.
Read the questions before the paragraph.
If you know what is being asked ahead of time it will help to focus your reading so that you can get the most important information the first time around.
Read all of the answers before choosing one.
That way you can eliminate the answers you know are wrong and have a smaller number of possible right answers to choose from.
Look for the best answer, not the absolute right answer.
Some achievement tests are testing your reasoning skills as well as your knowledge. That means that in some situations there are some answers that are better than others, but not one that is “the right” answer.
Guess if you absolutely have to.
Use common sense and make sure you’ve eliminated other possibilities first. It’s better to choose something than leave it completely blank when it’s time to turn in your test.
Once you’re done: RELAX!
Don’t stress out over the test. You have given it your best effort and that’s all you can do. Worrying about it doesn’t change anything. Smile and give yourself a mental hug. You are done and ready to move on with your day.
What are AZMerit and AIMS testing for?
AzMERIT is a test that measures students English language arts and math levels. AIMS measures science knowledge levels. Both tests are mandatory in the state of Arizona.