11 Tips for Achieving Higher Test Scores
1. Proper Diagnosis
Be sure the student is properly diagnosed.
2. PACE Period of Time
Encourage each student to complete every PACE within a reasonable period of time (three weeks). Longer time may cause the student to forget a concept. Set goals of 3 to 5 pages per day for each subject, depending on the student’s level.
3. Memorizing Important Information
Make sure the student memorizes and understands important vocabulary, definitions, and math/science formulas.
4. Reading All the Text
Instruct the student to read the text for that day’s goals. Then have the student reread the text, taking notes of important information (for example, formulas, rules, and steps of procedures) before he answers the questions. (If the student reads only enough text to find the answer, his ability to do his best will be hindered.)
5. Quiz the Student
Quiz the student on missed Checkup and Self Test questions. Also, quiz him on questions he did not miss to check for comprehension of concepts.
6. Good Nutrition
Promote good nutrition. Poor nutrition may negatively impact alertness.
7. Visual Screenings
Arrange for a visual screening at least once a year.
8. Conduct Spot Checks
Spot-check PACE work, scoring, and goals regularly.
9. Review Self Tests
Instruct the student to review the Self Test before turning in the PACE. He should double-check every answer in order to avoid careless errors. In Math a third check may be necessary if the first two answers differ. He should follow the same procedure when completing the PACE Test.
10. Check Anxiety Levels
Check the anxiety level of the student on testing day. If the student is emotionally upset, he may not perform well.
11. Properly Scheduling PACE Tests
Try not to schedule more than two PACE Tests on the same day. It is best to schedule difficult Tests on separate days.