TCAP advice from Finnegan

I think Finnegan is getting tired of all the snow days. (I'm sure he's thinking...why are you still here?)

Finnegan didn't get enough sleep, and he didn't eat a good breakfast. I don't think he's ready to do his best on the TCAP.


Finnegan is so proud of himself. He got plenty of sleep, ate a great breakfast, and is ready to concentrate and give it his ALL for the TCAP!


  • Make sure their child gets a good nights rest and eats a healthy breakfast.
  • Parents should keep a positive attitude about tests, mark down test dates on your calendar so you and your child are aware of testing dates.
  • Make sure your child gets up early enough so he or she is on time.
  • It is also important for parents to talk with their child about tests to help reduce stress about test-taking.
  • Praise your child when he or she performs well on a test.
  • Encourage him or her to try harder if he or she doesn’t do well on a test.
  • Talk to your child's teacher to find out the areas they need the most help.
  • Designate a study time for your child without the distraction of TV, phone and other devices.


  • Arrive early on test day.
  • Be comfortable but alert.
  • Stay relaxed and confident.
  • When nerves take over, students should remember to take several slow, deep breaths and relax.

DO read and pay careful attention to all directions.
DO read each passage and accompanying questions.
DO read every possible answer.
DO skip difficult questions until all other questions have been answered. Return to unanswered items if time permits.
DO check your work. After completing the test, use any remaining time to check your answers. 
DON'T expect to find a pattern in the positions of the correct answers.
DON’T make uneducated guesses.
DON’Tspend too much time on any one question.
DON’T second guess yourself. Only change an answer if you are sure the first one you picked was wrong.

DO keep a good attitude and think positively!     ©HumphriesClass 2012