Guilford County Schools
Cell Phone Policy
v Students are prohibited from having cell phones in their possession during the administration of any state mandated test.
v Students with cell phones must give their cell phones to their teacher with the power “off” when they arrive to class the morning of each testing day.
v The Test Administrator will ask students for any cell phones each morning before testing and remind them of the Guilford County Schools cell phone policy.
It is highly recommended that students do not bring their cell phone on EOC testing days.
Test Preparation Tips
Preparing for Test
· Preparation for your first test should begin on the first day of class; this includes paying attention during class, taking good notes, studying, completing homework assignments and reviewing study materials on a regular basis.
· Budget your time, make sure you have sufficient time to study so that you are well prepared for the test.
· Go to review sessions, pay attention to hints that the instructor may give about the test. Take notes and ask questions about items you may be confused about.
· Go over any material from practice tests, homework, sample problems, review material, the textbook, class notes...
· Eat before a test. Having food in your stomach will give you energy and help you focus but avoid heavy foods which can make you groggy.
· Don't try to pull an all nighter. Get at least 8 hours of sleep before the test.
· Listen to relaxing music to calm your nerves each night before you go to bed.
Student Strategies for Reducing Test Anxiety
• Share your feelings of anxiety with parents and teachers.
• Think of the test as an opportunity to show what you know.
• Review homework and materials which pertain to the test topics.
• Relax, breathe deeply and stay focused on the test.
• Remember the test is only one way your academic performance is measured.
• Read and pay careful attention to all directions.
• Read each passage and accompanying questions.
• Read every possible answer--the best one could be last.
• Read and respond to items one at a time rather than thinking about the whole test.
• Reread, when necessary, the parts of a passage needed for selecting the correct answer.
• Don't expect to find a pattern in the positions of the correct answers.
• Don't make uneducated guesses. Try to get the correct answer by reasoning and eliminating wrong answers.
• Decide exactly what the question is asking; one response is clearly best.
• Don't spend too much time on any one question.
• Skip difficult questions until all other questions have been answered. On scrap paper, keep a record of the unanswered items to return to, if time permits.
• Make sure to record the answer in the correct place on the answer sheet.
• Only change an answer if you are sure the first one you picked was wrong. Be sure to completely erase changed answers.
• Work as rapidly as possible with accuracy.
• After completion of the test, use any remaining time to check your answers.
• Keep a good attitude. Think positively! Tell yourself, I can do it!