Preparing for the Florida Standards Assessment

March 18, 2019 – The Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) can be nerve-racking for a lot of students. Here are some tips from our department heads, Brandie Barry and Shawn Wigg, to help you succeed on the big test likely starting April 1.

When studying

  • Take the practice test. The FSA website contains practice tests that will get you familiar with the types of questions being asked, the technology needed to answer those questions and the way in which to answer those questions appropriately.

  • Be familiar with the types of questions on the test. The math FSA includes graphing, complete the statement, drag and drop, multiple choice and complete the equation questions. The reading FSA includes selectable text, open response, multiple answer, evidence-based response, editing, graphic and multimedia questions.

  • Be familiar with the technology. Students in seventh-grade and above will have to take the math FSA online. This means there will be questions asking to use the technology on the computer to answer questions. Make sure you can comfortably use the graphing technology and calculator to properly answer math questions.

  • Use supplemental programs to review. Programs like i-Ready, Khan Academy and Math Nation (available in student account) are free for students to use. They offer sessions for students to review specific areas in their subject.

General tips

  • Get a good night’s rest the night before the big test. Studies have shown an increase in test scores in those who have slept well the night before a big exam.

  • Eat a well-balanced breakfast the morning of the FSA. If you don’t have breakfast at home, remember your school provides you with a free breakfast every day.

  • Listen to your motivational anthem the morning of the FSA. A motivational anthem is a song that gets you motivated to do well and succeed. Listening to this song will get your blood pumping and endorphins running to do well on the assessment.

  • Keep a chart of your potential score. Divide a chart into three sections. In the first section, tally each question you know you got right. In the second section, write the questions you were unsure about. In the third section, write the questions you did not know the answer to. This helps you organize how to review your test once you answer all of the questions.