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FCAT
PREPARING
FOR THE FCAT

 

The majority of students in 3rd through 10th grade all over Florida will begin taking some portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test this Monday, April 14, 2014. Unlike years past, it’s more difficult to explain who will take what and when, as testing schedules and methods are changing. Some students will sit with traditional test booklets and scantrons. Others will rotate in and out of computer labs, taking the same test on a computer. Venue and format aside, the fact remains that FCAT test days do not have to result in anxiety for students or parents.

HERE ARE SOME SIMPLE STRATEGIES TO SUPPORT STUDENTS AS THEY PREPARE FOR NEXT WEEK:

ENSURE STUDENTS ARE ON A REGULAR SLEEP SCHEDULE, STARTING NOW.
Most students require up to 9 hours of sleep to feel rested during adolescence.
DON'T FORGET PRACTICE TESTS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE.
These tests can help parents see how their students approach the test and help prepare students for what to expect when they sit for the test.
ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
When students are dehydrated, concentration may waiver. As temperatures and humidity have just recently increased, it is very likely students are forgetting the importance of hydration. Encourage students to consume water regularly, and not wait until they are thirsty.
START TALKING ABOUT THE TEST NOW.
Ask students about any stress or anxiety they may be feeling and brainstorm with the teacher prior to test day about the best way to help your student cope. Remind your student the test is designed to test things they already know. Nothing should come as a surprise.
DON'T SKIP BREAKFAST, ON ANY DAY, BUT ESPECIALLY TEST DAYS.
Like a car, the brain requires fuel to perform. Check with your child’s school to inquire about a breakfast schedule or local businesses that may be providing a discounted breakfast.
ROLE-PLAY WITH STUDENTS WHAT TO DO IF THEY FEEL OVERLY ANXIOUS ONCE THE TEST BEGINS.
Show students how to take deep and deliberate breaths until
they feel themselves calming. 
SEND THEM OFF ON A POSITIVE NOTE.
Words of encouragement can go a long way to boost confidence. Encourage students to also encourage one another before the test begins. 
GET THEM TO SCHOOL ON TIME.
A tardy on this day can increase anxiety and may even postpone a student’s test date.
DEBRIEF DAILY.
Ask students what they liked or didn’t like about the test, or what might have made them feel confident or overly anxious. 
REPEAT AS NECESSARY.
Most students in elementary and middle school will test over several days.

 

District Test Dates Computer-Based Test Dates
(Please check with individual schools for exact times and other possible changes to the schedule.) 

Monday, April 14

  • Grades 3, 4, 5 - Reading - Session 1
  • Grades 7, 8 - Mathematics - Session 1
  • Grades 7, 8 - Mathematics - Session 2

Tuesday, April 15

  • Grades 3, 4, 5 - Reading - Session 2
  • Grade 8 - Science - Session 1
  • Grade 8 - Science - Session 2

Wednesday, April 16

  • Grades 3, 4 - Mathematics - Session 1
  • Grade 5 - Science - Session 1

Thursday, April 17

  • Grades 3, 4 - Mathematics - Session 2
  • Grades 5, 8 - Science - Session 2

April 14-24, 2013

  • Grade 10 - Reading
  • Grade 6 - Reading
  • Grade 7 - Reading
  • Grade 8 - Reading
  • Grade 6 - Mathematics
  • Grade 9 - Reading
  • Grade 5 - Mathematics

 

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