Tests and exams – advise to children

Definition and Difference
Tests are created to help both the teacher and students. Tests aim to let them know that you have understood what you have been learning. The teacher also uses tests to know how and where to help you. Test varies from schools and ages; for example tests like spelling, tables, comprehension is usually given to kids in primary schools. At higher levels, tests are used to make sure that you have what it takes to do a job.

Exams are usually rather more formal than tests. Exams are given by teachers at different levels to check if you can actually move on to the next level. Teachers give exams in different subjects like music, karate, and first aid. You do some exams to see if you are fit to go into a higher school like from primary school to high school or from high school to the university. Different forms of exams include written, oral, practical or the combination of one or more of these. Oral is done by reading aloud while practical means showing that you understand by doing something.

Stress and Pressure
We are never the same; while some people are good at tests and exams, some people are not. This may be due to several reasons – not enough preparation or enough study. People have problems doing exams or even tests when they have not prepared well.

No matter how small an exam or test, most people feel nervous while so many other became so stressed that they will perform badly even though they know the work and have worked hard. Stress really affects people from doing their best in an exam or test.

Preparation for Exams or Tests
– Ask the teacher how to improve your work
– Always try to do your homework properly and in time
– Always ask your teacher if there is anything you d not to understand
– Clean up any mess from your study area to prevent distraction, distraction can make people go off task
– If you know what you are doing, you can study with someone. Otherwise, study alone since you are doing the test or exam on your own
– Always get yourself a timetable (which will have study time, physical activity time and leisure time) to keep a balance in your life
– Understand the best time you assimilate – morning or night – make the most use of it
– Cramming may not work before a test or exam especially if you are stressed or go into a panic

Know What to Expect
The way exams are prepared differs, so always know what to expect.
– What kind of test or exam is it?
– Is it a simple 1 – 20 like a spelling test or alphabet-writing test?
– Will, you be given multiple-choice questions and will be asked to choose the best fit?

On the Day of Test or Exam
– Stay cool
– Read both sides of each page
– Read all the instructions carefully
– Read all questions carefully
– Tick all the questions you seem to know best and will answer if you have a choice
– If it is about an essay or story, quickly plan how you will do it and follow the plan strictly
– Answer all the questions you have to answer – compulsory questions
– Ask your teacher if they do a negative marking – giving points for right answers and taking away points of the wrong answers. If yes, do not pick answers you are not sure of
– Check your work when you are through, starting with the instructions, spelling, and punctuations
– If you finish early, relax and go through your work for corrections

Helping your Parents
Parents and caregivers want their kids to do well; they will do anything to help their kids do well. During exams and tests, parents can hear you practise, watch and encourage you. These may reduce, as you are getting older. You can help your parents by:
– Asking them to be an audience
– Showing them what you are doing
– Letting them see you studying
– Getting them to test you on some things
– Letting them know that you have regular study habits
– Teaching them about what you have learned.