TIPS for IOWA Testing

Please read with your child/children

Take care of yourself

  1. Go to bed on time to get a good night’s sleep. Get to school on time, too!
  2. Eat a healthy breakfast.
  3. Think positive (this test shows what you have learned and will help with areas needing to be strengthened)!
  4. Pray on your own—before, during and after the test.
  5. Focus on yourself, not others or problems going on.


  1. Listen to directions and read directions more than once to find clues/key words.
  2. Bubble in neatly.
  3. Use test taking strategies like: process of elimination to narrow in on the correct answer; your first answer is usually right; don’t guess…choose the best answer.
  4. Pace yourself and use all your time.
  5. Double check as you go along to make sure you are on the correct number.


  1. USE scratch paper.
  2. Check to make sure you copied the numbers in the problem correctly.
  3. Re-read math problems more than once and find key/clue words.
  4. Don’t stay on a question too long, go back to it.
  5. Double check simple math.