There are four common types of questions
Level I - In-the-Book Questions- right there
Level II - In-the-Book Questions- Think, Search, and Find
Level III In-My-Head Questions- Author and Me
Level IV In-My-Head Questions- On My Own
75% of all PSSA questions are from level III or IV.
It is important to expose students to all levels of questioning but you need to stress the last two levels.
Guidelines for PSSA Preparation
Make sure that students understand vocabulary words.
Give them a practice test so they are familiar with the format.
Emphasize the importance of understanding the directions.
Read all answers to each question and go back to check answers.
Remind students to choose the best answer.
Model how you would take a test, explaining your thinking.
Express the importance of doing their best work.
Help them eliminate sections in the story that are not necessary.
TIPS FROM BUCKLE DOWN:
Tip # 1: Do a first read of the passage.
Tip # 2: Learn how to answer different kinds of questions.
Tip # 3: Read every question carefully.
Tip # 4 Go back and scan the passage for the correct answer.
Tip # 5: Choose the best answer to the question.
Tip # 6: Base your answers mainly on what is in the passage.
Tip # 7: Dont let difficult questions upset you.
Tip # 8: Dont leave any blanks
Tip # 9: When its time to take a test, relax.
Tip # 1: Have a clear understanding of the writing prompt (writing assignment) before you start writing.
Tip # 2: Make a writing plan.
Tip # 3: Stay focused on one topic.
Tip # 4 Thoroughly cover the assignment.
Tip # 5: Take your time, but use it wisely.
Tip # 6: Write neatly.
Tip # 7: One test day, relax. You have the skills to succeed.
Tip # 1: On test day, stay relaxed and confident.
Tip # 2: Find the technique that works best for you.
Tip # 3: Know when to guess.
Tip # 4 Answer open-ended questions completely.
Tip # 5: Keep a positive attitude toward math.
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.
If your child is disappointed after taking the test, reassure him or her that there will be plenty of opportunities to improve and succeed.