Testing season is upon us all. Achievement test time is a very stressful time in the life of a school counselor. Testing expectations and guidelines are so strict that many things can go wrong. It is our job as testing coordinators to make sure those things do not go wrong and everything runs smoothly. To the lucky school counselors that are not test coordinators for their district or building, be grateful. Honestly, testing coordinator is one of those "extra" responsibilities that I really do not mind doing in order to help out my school. I see it as part of my time in the academic domain. I was blessed to have a great counselor, friend and co-worker teach me how to organize testing materials in my internship last year. This year I have learned that organizing and scheduling are two of the most important parts of planning testing. My ridiculous organizational skills come in handy. :)
It is important to create a testing climate that is serious but not stressed. I use my guidance lessons to go over testing strategies and expectations.
Also, all students need great encouragement during this time. Here is a great way to encourage students with candy fun that I found on Pinterest.
Here are a few more great resources for test preparation.