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ACAP Testing Tips

We are about to enter the final stretch of this 2021-2022 school year, which means it is time for standardized testing! This year, grades 2nd through 6th will be completing the Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program (ACAP) summative assessment to determine their growth and progress for this school year. Our official start date is March 29th, students will expected to attend all exams, however make-ups days will be offered for those who need it. Teachers are in full swing preparing our scholars for these assessments and our students have worked hard all year and it is finally time to show what they know! Our staff wanted to share some testing tips that hopefully not only students, but parents can find helpful to prepare for these tests. 

  • Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep before a test, and make sure your child eats properly the day of a test.
  • Maintain a pleasant home environment and avoid unnecessary conflicts. Try to make the morning of the test a pleasant one. Do not add to your child’s stress.
  • Make sure your child has taken any needed medication.
  • Ensure that your child is present during testing (children generally perform better when taking tests in their groups rather than at a make-up time).
  • Get your child to school on time the day of the test.
  • Wish your child good luck each morning of the test. Tell your child that he/she is special and that you believe in him/her!
  • Remind your child the test is important. Encourage him/her to do his/her best.
  • If your child is too ill to attend, please call the school office.
  • Remind your child to listen carefully to the instructions from the teacher and to read the directions and each question carefully.
  • Explain to your child the importance of using time wisely. If your child gets stuck on a question, encourage him or her to make the best guess and move on.
  • Tell your child to attempt to answer all of the questions and not to leave any blank.
  • Encourage your child to stay focused on the test, even if other students finish early.
  • If your child is disappointed after taking a test, reassure him or her that there will be plenty of opportunities to improve and succeed.

If you have more questions about the ACAP assessments, please contact your child's teacher or our school's front office for more information.