Talk with your teen about the purpose, importance of tests

Research shows that students are more likely to be motivated to do their best on and study hard for tests when they understand why they’re taking a test and why it’s important. If you’re not sure, ask your teen’s teachers.

Then talk to your teen about the purpose of the test. Standardized tests, for example, show students, parents and teachers how well students are learning compared to other students around the state or country.
Remind your teen that test-taking is a part of life. She’ll have to pass a test to get a driver’s license and for some careers, such as those in medicine and law.

Becoming comfortable with taking tests now will help your teen succeed in school—and in life.

Reprinted with permission from the March 2008 issue of Parents Still make the difference!® (High School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2008 The Parent Institute®, a division of NIS, Inc. Source: Cengiz Gulek, “Preparing for High-Stakes Testing,” Theory Into Practice, Winter 2003 (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., 1-800-926-6579, www.erlbaum.com).