New York State ELA Testing for Grades 3, 4, 5


Preparing for a Test

  • Pay attention in class.  Exercises and activities throughout the year practice skills that will benefit you on standardized tests.
  • Know what to expect.  Your teacher can provide you with information about the tests you will be taking.
  • Get plenty of sleep the night before the test and eat a healthy breakfast in the morning.
  • Arrive on time.  Running late can raise your stress level and hurt your performance.

Taking a test

  • Read directions and questions carefully.
  • Consider every choice.  Don’t be fooled by distractors, or answers that are almost correct.
  • Spend time wisely.  Within each section, answer the easiest questions first and come back to the more difficult questions later.
  • Make sure to record your answer on the correct line of the answer sheet.  As you mark each answer, ask yourself “Am I on the right question number in the right section of the test?” and “Is this the answer I mean to mark?”
  • Use any extra time to check your work.