to Consider about Testing
and Logistic Issues
* Tests are timed. (provide timers or stop watches for
each testing room)
* Remove distractions from the testing area.
* Provide a well-lit work area.
* Explain the testing process to parents and students.
* Provide enough pencils, scratch paper, and graph
paper (if needed).
* Provide a testing preparation checklist for parents.
1. When to be there, how to dress, what to bring, and how many days will be allotted for achievement testing.
2. Make sure students get a good nightís sleep.
* Provide a breakfast or snack; avoid sugars and red
* Allow for breaks each hour.
* Each student is unique and needs to be assured of the
fact that you are only looking for his best effort.
* Communicate these goals to the studentís parents.
* Donít test if a student is emotionally distraught.
* Reassure students that they canít fail. These tests
are only for curriculum placement.
* Allow at least one day for make up testing for
students that have health issues or are absent.
* Donít test students that are ill or have a
* If a student is on medication, evaluate each
individual testing situation as to the proper timing for testing.
* Accommodate handicapped students.
and Prescribing Tests
* Obtain a clear idea of the studentís past learning
and present functional grade level.
Prescribe tests according to their level.
(You donít want to test students
functioning more than three levels below Chronological
* Tell them
what kind of questions you will answer and what kind of
questions you will not answer during the tests.
* Answer questions about process and/or expectations.
* Do not to answer questions regarding content.
* Administer each section of the test one at a time
according to the time limits outlined in the Examinerís Manual.
Tests before Packaging Tests for Scoring
* Make sure all pertinent information is filled in on
each answer sheet.
* Review actual test booklets or compuscan sheets. (Donít send in
incomplete tests. Results
may be skewed.)