So...today is the 8th grade STAAR Reading test...

Don't panic. Here are some ways to handle your testing stress, brought to you by a ridiculously cute panda.

Technology Policy

None. Zero. Nada. There are NO ELECTRONICS OF ANY KIND allowed on a test day. If you have a device with you, please hand it in now. You will also be required to sign a document on test day that says you do not have any electronic devices on you during testing. This is very important, as it could affect your test scores.

Bathroom Policy

If you need to go to the restroom, please raise your hand. On test day, you may not get up out of your seat for any reason unless you have been acknowledged by your teacher. You will need to sign out and then sign in when you return. Any time spent going to the restroom counts against your time for testing.

Reading and OER Review 8th Grade

Use Your Tools

Highlighters help you focus on important information in the text AND in the questions.

Use whisper phones to help you concentrate.

Look up ANY words that you do not know in the dictionary. This includes words in the passages, questions, answer choices, and writing prompts.

Use Your Strategies

  • Take your time
  • Find evidence for your answers in the passage
  • Highlight or circle important words in the question
  • Take notes in the margin
  • Check your work
  • Fill in your bubbles darkly and neatly
  • Determine genre of passage, which should tell you author's purpose
  • Chunk it
  • Process of elimination
  • Plug in all answer choices