The Importance of State Test Prep

By Sylvan Learning

Middle School

State exams challenge your child’s knowledge and their confidence. Taking the time to prepare properly is crucial for providing your child with the skills state tests demand as well as in helping them feel relaxed and ready as they walk into the classroom. This is particularly important because state exams can determine your child’s future course placement, college preparedness, and other elements of their academic career. Below, we share some advice on getting ready to tackle the important state tests and other academic challenges that lie ahead.


Find the Right Tutor

A tutor is a great way to help your child hone their test-taking skills. It’s important to choose a tutor who is good at connecting with kids and is well versed in state educational requirements and materials essential for state test prep. Ultimately, the knowledge and confidence your child gains from tutoring does not end with the state test. The right tutor will use their knowledge of local curriculum to help them also earn a higher GPA and a stronger report card.

At Sylvan Learning, our tutors are prepared to help your child conquer state tests. Not only will they be ready for any state standardized test, but also for the California Standards Test (CST), the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), the Texas STAAR, and the New York Regents Exams. In preparation, your child will be prepped on anything from fill-in-the-blanks and multiple choices, to open-ended questions and essays. State Test Prep is available at many Sylvan centers. Contact us today to help boost your child’s scores, get them ready for the state exams, and ease your own concerns!


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Focus on the Individual

Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses. During state test prep, be sure you and your child’s tutor look at your child as an individual and carefully assess the skills in which they are strong, and the areas in which they need improvement. Every child learns differently, and a good tutor, like Sylvan’s certified tutors, will work one-on-one with the child to help them reach their full potential by making learning fun and accessible for them.


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Conquer Anxiety

It’s no secret that even students who do well in the classroom can be intimidated by tests, especially state exams. The best tutors know how to work with kids not only to show them how to tackle vocabulary lists and equations, but also to beat the jitters. While the main goal is to instill in your child good study habits and strategies for managing the state tests, it’s also important to help them develop solid self-esteem so they can conquer future challenges in their academic life.


Stay in the Loop

Your child will be the one taking the state tests, but you are involved in this situation too. Talk to your child frequently, keep an open and honest line of communication, and listen without judgment. In addition, a good tutor will talk to you about any concerns and will keep you informed about your child’s progress every single step of the way. At Sylvan, our tutors are happy to sit down and discuss your child’s progress!