From April 16th until May 4th, we will be doing state testing (see the exact dates for each test here). These tests will be 15% of your final grade, so to help you do your absolute best, we'll be brining you various pieces of advice from teachers over the coming days.
Here is today's advice: "Most tests give you a countdown timer, or a 5 min warning before the test ends. Use that information. One of the biggest mistakes I see kids make is leaving questions blank. When you get that 5 minute warning, answer all remaining questions and then use remaining time to go back and change answers until time runs out.
--If the section is multiple choice: give the rest of the questions your favorite letter without reading (my favorite is C, but at this stage, it doesn't matter which one you pick). After you do that, go to the first question you guessed on and read it. If you can figure out the answer, change what you guessed. If you run out of time, you at least have something and there's at least a chance for success.
--If the section is multiple select (more than one answer possible), treat it like multiple choice, only guess one letter and then change as you can.
--If the section is an essay, use simple and quick sentences to put down the rest of your ideas, then go back and flesh them out. Even if the last few sentences of your paragraph are just a list of ideas with no support, that's better than not having the ideas. Then, support them as time permits.
Whatever you do, do make sure you stop when time ends. If you answer after time is up, your scores have to be invalidated and that will cost more than any other mistake."