Last Minute Reminders for the FSA- Reading

Forgot what we reviewed the week before the test? Look below for a student- generated list of stuff you should know prior to taking your assessment.

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  1. Bring headphones to the FSA Reading test.
  2. Set up your scrap sheet of paper as soon as you get it. ( At least 4 sections, write “T.E.” on the left side and “?s” on the right side)
  3. Read ALL of the directions FULLY!
  4. Read the questions prior to reading the passage.
  5. Shorthand all notes. (Use your CBT worksheet instead of the computer’s notepad)
  6. Never highlight full sentences or paragraphs.
  7. Short answer responses should be clear and concise.
  8. Write in COMPLETE sentences.
  9. Constantly manually save your work.
  10. Maintain same morning routine! (Do not overeat!) / Get a good night’s sleep.
  11. Grammar section: Be sure to rewrite answers even if you deem them correct! If you do not interact with the highlighted portion, the computer will mark your response incorrect.
  12. Do not take more than seven (7) minutes reading the passages.
  13. Do NOT discuss the test during or after taking it.
  14. Don’t leave the testing session early.
  15. Make sure all electronic devices are turned off or leave them at home.
  16. For the audio portion of the test, do not pass the introduction screen if  you cannot hear the “test” sound.
  17. Remember to take notes during the audio section.
  18. Notes should be written in your own words (PARAPHRASE)
  19. Do not copy answers! Your test and your teacher’s educator’s certificate are on the line.
  20. Maintain an appropriate pace during the test.
  21. Complete all questions! Use process of elimination.
  22. The strongest answer has the clearest connection to the question! Do not be fooled by the distractor.
  23. The test is two 90 minute sessions on two different days. Know your testing dates and be on time!
  24. Don’t alter the test’s background color unless you are sure!
  25. Use the line reader to focus on one sentence at a time.

Students Around the Globe Project

At the end of the 2013-2014 school year, several of my students participated in the Students Around the Globe project. The Students Around the Globe project works to connect various countries to exchange ideas while learning the English language. My students had a unique opportunity to participate. Since we worked with a small all-girls school, there were several requirements:

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Requirements:

  1. Fluent English Speaker
  2. Female
  3. Willing to share information about your culture and environment
  4. Able to avoid inappropriate topics
  5. Desire to help others learn English
  6. Develop life-long connections
  7. Have an Edmodo account

Students received extra credit in my class for participating in this thrilling project! All e-pal communication occurred on Edmodo to protect the safety of all students involved. I received many positive responses, and I hope to continue working with Students Around the Globe to enrich the lives of each one of my future students.