CRCT Test Taking Tips
The CRCT (Criterion Referenced Competency Test) are state mandated achievement tests for students in grades 3 through 8. (Due to budget constraints, the CRCT will not be administered in grades one and two in spring 2013.) The CRCT cover the subject areas of Reading, English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
Taking the CRCT can be stressful for students. But If parents and educators prepare them by sharing test-taking strategies and administering practice exams, students have a higher chance of performing well.
Here are five strategies that parents and teachers can use to help students become prepared, calm and confident test takers.
- Familiarize yourselves with the CRCT test format and content first. There are downloadable study guides and test taker guides on the Georgia Department of Education site.
- Explain to students what to expect on the test. Students who understood what was to come did better on the exam. Make sure they know how to fill out the bubbles on the answer sheets and the best ways to choose correct multiple choice answers.
- Administer practice exams. You may access practice tests at the Georgia Online Assessment System . (Note login is required. Contact your school system for specific instructions on how to access it.)
- Analyze the results of the practice exams with the students. This helps them see what their strengths and weaknesses are.
- Give students a chance to talk about how they feel about the test. This will help them to ease any anxieties.