How to Prep for Upcoming Standardized Tests

With a month of the year already behind us, we’re thinking about the acronyms of the future. March kicks off test dates for the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) and the SAT, meaning that students of all ages will be buckling down to study and prepare over the next few weeks. Whether your child is advancing to the next grade level or applying to college, preparing for these tests is crucial to their academic success.

We know this can be overwhelming for both students and parents, so we offer a comprehensive program for test prep. Read on to learn more about how we can help, plus a few tips that apply to every type of exam.

The Smart E. Pants Academy Test Prep program takes roughly 30 hours to complete, and is tailored specifically to the individual test. Our proven approach is simple: we teach students how to take the test, not just about the material that will be on the test.

Focusing on efficient and effective test-taking strategies is key to achieving a higher score. For example, some techniques help students identify red flags that give away right or wrong answers. We then apply these strategies to answer actual test questions.

Our flexible schedule offers courses during the week and on weekends to accommodate high school students’ needs and schedules. We help our students study smarter, not harder, to achieve their best scores!

Quick Tips for Test Takers

Anticipate the date. Keep a calendar with exam dates clearly marked in your home, crossing days off as they pass.

Use resources. Stay informed on the SAT (which saw changes last year) via College Board, and the FSA from the Florida Department of Education.

Practice makes progress. Taking practice tests helps you get a glimpse into the subject matter as well as test day conditions.

Arrive with time to spare. Whether the exam is at school or at a testing center, get there early to avoid stress or worse, not being allowed into the exam.

Get your mental state in shape. Have a healthy dinner the night before, breakfast the day of and get a good night’s sleep in between.

Read carefully. Always be sure to read instructions, prompts, questions and multiple choice answers slowly and thoroughly.

Take your time, but do so wisely. Do keep the time allotment in mind, and mark a question for later if you’re spending too much time on it. Don’t rush through the questions or get distracted by the other students in the room.