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Test-Taking Tips for Parents

The following tips provide suggestions for parents on how to approach test taking with their kids as we near the SOL testing dates.


  • Make sure that your child does the homework and reading assignments that will help him/her prepare for the test.
  • Take advantage of the released SOL tests for your child's grade level to familiarize yourself and your child with the test format.
  • If you are anxious about your child's SOL tests, it's ok, but try to keep cool around your child; you don't want them to get anxious about their tests too.
  • Encourage your child to do well but don't pressure him/her. You may stress him/her out.
  • It is important for your child to stay relaxed on the SOL test.
  • Keep a positive attitude about SOL tests.
  • Provide a quiet, well-lighted area with few distractions to help your child study efficiently.
  • Mark down SOL testing dates on your calendar so you and your child are both aware of testing dates.  The dates for your child's SOL tests will be posted on your school's website as well as other reminders that the school will send to you.
  • Make sure that your child gets enough sleep on the night before the test.
  • Ensure that your child eats a healthy breakfast and avoid heavy foods that may make him/her groggy and high sugar foods that may make him/her hyper.
  • Make sure that your child gets up early enough so that he/she will have time to eat and be on time to school.  Rushing to get ready will create unnecessary anxiety for your child.
  • Let your child relax for a few hours before bedtime; it can be stressful for a child to study late into the night.
  • Talking about SOL tests with your child can relieve stress about test taking.  Just be sure to stay focused on the positives.
  • Praise/reward your child for their hard work preparing for a test. 

These test-taking tips are adapted from TestTakingTips.com