PSSA General Strategies for Students
Right before you begin the PSSA, relax and think positive thoughts.
Don't work too fast - take your time and think carefully.
Remember, you can write whatever you want in your test booklet.
Be sure that you fill in your answers on the answer sheet ("bubble sheet"), and do not write anything extra on that answer sheet,
Reread all the answer choices before you select an answer
watch out for trick answers - there may be a better answer choice.
Watch out for words like never, always, all, and only
try to put the question in your own words.
In your test booklet, cross out any answer choices that you know are wrong.
Answer all the questions, do not leave any blank
Try not to waste too much time on a question - you can skip a question, and move on to the next one, but remember to go back later and answer questions you skipped.
In your test book, if you skip a question, circle the number so you can go back to it later.
If you skip a question, also skip that number on your answer sheet so you are still on the right question number
if you answered a question but you are not sure about it or you guessed, circle that number in your test book so you can go back later to try again.
When you answer a question, circle the answer choice in your test book and fill in the bubble or circle on the answer sheet - then when you are finished, you can go back to make sure you filled in the right circle for each question
carefully fill in the circles on the answer sheet, so the circles are completely filled and dark.
On the answer sheet, be careful not to fill in two circles for a single question.
Do not make any extra pencil marks on your answer sheet - extra marks can be counted like wrong answers.
When you're finished, go back and check your answers - answer any questions you skipped and check ones you weren't sure about.
Don't be afraid to change your answer when you go back, if you find a better answer.
PSSA Test Tips for Parents:
To help your child prepare adequately for the PSSA tests, you can do several things to encourage your child to do his/her best.
Make sure your child is in school during the testing sessions.
Encourage your child to listen carefully to all of the directions and ask questions about anything that is not clear.
See that your child gets an adequate amount of sleep before the test.
Make sure that your child eats his/her usual breakfast on the day of the test.
Encourage your child to do his/her best!