Friday, April 24, 2009

You Too Can Pass the Test

How is winning a basketball game like passing an Achievement Test? It's all about using what you worked on in practice at game time. Students each year start to freak out as the test date approaches. They love to throw out those, "OMG, I am sooooo nervous!"

Give it a rest, already. Good test scores are a result of following procedures and using what you know. Students in Reading Workshop have learned all they need to know to prove their proficiency. When the big day comes, they will be ready to use the skills they have been practicing.

Going spastic and twitching nervously might give people something to laugh about, but it really doesn't have one thing to do with the test. It really just comes down to reading a few passages, and answering some questions. Being a fruit loop and stressing out yourself and your classmates is a total waste of time.

If you don't know the answer to a question, or don't know a word, deal with it. Use skills you have learned. Substitute an easier word, or use context clues to figure it out. If you can't, just miss a question. You will still pass. Basketball players miss shots all the time--no big deal. Miss one, but then get the next one right.

Work hard, work smart, and you will score well. You have spent all year proving your ability, so now just throw it out there one more time. This is your chance to spend 2 1/2 hours and prove that you are a success.


Emma h. said...

The test was not that hard I don't think so at least. I can kind see how it was like basketball too. There were questions that I did not know how to do at all then there were questions that I knew how to do really good. When you compare the boring stuff to the fun stuff it make it seem easier but not more fun just easier.

Jordan r. said...

Yeah the achievement test is like winning a basket ball game. I did not think anyone was really nervous I know I wasn't.

Gabby L. said...

Mr.McGuire your right. The achievement is like a basketball game. You can miss a question, but still when the game. I bet nobody in the entire sixth grade got them all right. There is no need to stress over a achievement test. I think everybody passed.

Brianna H. said...

I know I can pass the test. I don't know why everyone is saying I'm scared or I about DIED. Even people are saying they're not going to pass. The more you think that your not going to pass you will probably end up not passing. There's a word that is believe. All you students out there believe in yourself. YOU CAN PASS.

James Ebert said...

I thought the test was really easy and I hope I did as good as I think I did. So hopefully I did good and did not fail the test. I would be so mad if I failed the test because mos of the things it asked were really easy especially the mathematics test I know I probably passed that one.