Helpful Tips for Testing!

Written by Rachel Lefton. Posted in ES Counselor

girl test takerWhile the International Schools Assessment (or ISA for short) is right around the corner (February 4th and 5th) for our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students, we wanted to provide a few helpful tips for our students to feel calm, well rested, and as prepared as possible! Feel free to discuss these tips with your student before Tuesday.  All of our students are going to do a wonderful job showing us everything they know!



1.     Sleep

  • Get a good night’s sleep the night before the test.
  • Make sure you sleep at least 8-10 hours!
  • Big tests require a lot of energy.

2.     Eat

  • Eat a healthy breakfast the morning of the test.
  • Your brain needs a lot of energy to be able to focus on a test.
  • Foods like eggs, cereal, toast, & fresh fruits help energize your brain to think more clearly.

3.     Be Prepared

  • Be prepared on the day of the test!
  • Wake up early enough to have a healthy breakfast.
  • Wear comfortable clothing.
  • Arrive to school on time.



 1.     Relax! 

  • Take deep breaths

2.     Give yourself positive messages:

  • I will do the best I can.
  • I can do it.
  • I am prepared.

3.     Read or listen to the directions carefully:

  • Block out other thoughts.
  • Concentrate on voice or words.

4.     If you get stuck—-don’t panic!

  • Go back to your relaxation exercises.
  • Give yourself positive messages.
  • Change positions to help you relax.
  • Reword the question to help you understand.
  • Don’t panic if others finish before you, it’s not a race!

5.     Budget your time:

  • If you’re stuck on a question, move on.
  • Pay attention to the 5 minute warnings.