Parents and families can do several things to create a positive test-taking experience and help students prepare for tests. Here are some ideas:

  • Make sure your child gets enough sleep, eats properly, and gets to school on time. During test time, make this a special effort.
  • Encourage your child to READ, READ, READ. No activity is linked to academic success as much as reading. Even the math portion of the MCAS uses word problems to test problem-solving ability
  • Write test dates on your home calendar. The MCAS test schedule is online at