PSSA and Keystone Testing Tips


Keep a positive attitude about tests.

Mark down test days on your calendar so that you and your child are both aware of testing dates.

Make sure that your child gets enough sleep the night before the test.

Make sure that your child gets up early enough so that he/she will be on time to school.

Have realistic expectations of your child's performance while encouraging his/her best efforts. 


PSSA’S 7TH/8TH ELA April 15, 16 17

 Math & Science April 30, May 1  

Keystones May 14, 15, and 16



Get plenty of rest the evening before each testing day

Attend school every morning on testing days and be on time

Pace yourself. Don’t spend too much time on any one question

Read ALL directions carefully, don’t be afraid to ask questions if something is not clear

Pay close attention to pictures, diagrams and charts to help you to answer questions correctly

Math problems should never be done “in your head.” Always use scratch paper to do the work before selecting an answer, or use a calculator (on certain sections) to help with your work.

Use all of the time you are given for each test section. If you finish before time is up, go back and check your answers. Make sure that you have answered all questions

Take a slow, deep breath before beginning a test. Relax!