During the weeks leading up to your mandated test date, students should practice pacing until it becomes second nature. The more intuitive pacing becomes, the less students will be watching the clock and the more likely they’ll be to focus on the test, remember test-taking strategies, and tackle difficult problems.
Remember, mini-tests can be more effective for learning pacing than full-length practice tests. Review how and why to use mini-tests here. For today’s practice, if you’ve been using verbal cues already, try using fewer cues this time. Only mention when time is half up and when there’s one minute remaining. Use the mini-tests below or make your own by using portions of a full-length practice test.
Using mini-tests for pacing is one of the simplest and most effective ways to improve student scores in the final days before the test. On the English, Reading, and Science tests , there are easy questions scattered throughout. However, students only get a chance at those questions when they make it through each section in its entirety. Even on the Math test, which sees the difficulty steadily climb as the test goes on, students can find questions they know how to answer toward the end of the test.
Pacing practice helps ensure students are getting to the end of each section, allowing them to pick all the “low-hanging fruit” they come across. Students who pace themselves and make it comfortably to the end of each test are more likely to pick up easy points along the way. Only perfect practice makes perfect, so students should practice their test pace as much as possible!