Vahan & Anoush Chamlian Armenian School

Terra Nova Testing

Tips for Taking a Standardized Test

Before the Test:

  • Get plenty of exercise. It makes you alert, makes you stronger, helps you think more clearly, and increases your energy level.
  • Get a good night's sleep the evening before the test.
  • Avoid rushing on the day of the test. Have your clothes and books ready the night before.
  • Eat a healthy, protein-rich breakfast the morning of your test.
  • Arrive at the testing facility a few minutes early.
  • Relax your mind before the test begins.

During the Test:

  • Read the instructions carefully.
  • Read each question carefully, paying attention to details.
  • Pay attention to time passing in relation to the time
  • Don't get distracted by other testers in the room.
  • If you come across a question that is difficult, don't spend all of your time on it. Move on and come back to it at the end.
  • Don't second guess yourself by changing your first answers unless you are 100% certain.
  • Eliminate answer choices which are known to be incorrect: then choose from among the remaining choices.
  • Believe in yourself. You can do it!
  • Don't fall into the trap of looking for patterns in the answers. There really can be three (or more) "C" answers in a row.
  • When you are finished, look closely to make sure that you haven't overlooked any questions.
  • Believe in yourself. You can do it!


  • Grades 6th-8th may have regular (non-scientific) calculators during the Math, Part 2.
  • Make sure to have a novel with you at all times in case you finish early.