Preparing Students for Tests and Examinations – Are We Doing Enough to Ensure we are Helping ALL Students Feel Prepared?
Examination period can be a stressful time for students in your classrooms. In fact, many students describe taking tests as “very frustrating and difficult, especially when you don’t know what’s going to be on the test.” Other students will question, “What is the purpose of the test and what happens if I don’t pass?” The weighting of tests can also contribute to why students have an increase in stress.
Sure, we all facilitate review sessions to help prepare our students for tests. Many teachers take the time to work within the parameters of their timeframe and busy schedules to ensure they are available to help students. Some teachers hold sessions outside of school hours and other teachers give additional time. We, as educators, try to work around the parameters to the best of our abilities. However, the school schedule is set up in a way that provides teachers with a certain number of hours to get a course completed and get students prepared for final examinations and standardized tests. Essentially, the school schedule is set up for teachers to “teach to the test” as it limits flexibility in the ability to take additional time to review concepts or explore or delve further into certain areas.
Although such boundaries exist, we still need to provide a final letter grade to our state or Ministry. So...what is it that we can do to prepare our students for tests? The following are suggestions that I have used in my classroom and have worked out to be effective:
Dr. Sunddip Panesar Nahal