Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.

The gymnasium was filled to the brim of excited students. I remember the apprehensive feel to the room as we prepared for our pep rally. A week before our standardized test were designated for the preparation of students and teachers came prepared. Classrooms were filled with review material and games were played to instill the basis of lessons into students. Walking down the hallways of Fickett Elementary, you could expect to see posters advertising the powers of a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast before the test. We were taught alternative lyrics to our favorite songs, and instead of “hoppin out the bed and turnin our swag on” we were “hoppin out the bed and turnin our brains on.” Bracelets were made and passed out at this pep rally and as we “swagged and surfed”. We were reminded that all we needed for our standardized test were our brains, and all we had to do was prepare them. Our principal concluded the pep rally with an inspirational speech spouting slogans that had been taught to us all week. She led the gymnasium in a chant, “2-4-6-8, we know our test scores will be great!”
This method of preparing students for standardized test was very efficient as teachers were starting to implement our culture into our education. Learning wasn’t “boring” anymore. We could prepare for test and memorize certain rules all while singing the latest tunes. This method of test preparation was important to our success because it helped students to learn by taking away the pomp and circumstance of education. My mother used to say, “If you could remember your math the way you remember those song lyrics you’ll be in good shape.” I have to say she was surprised when she heard the familiar tunes paired with my math rules.

Mallory from Georgia
High School Senior
D.M> Therrell High School