Once again it's time for benchmark tests at your school, and you want to do well. A good score on a benchmark test indicates that you have gained the competencies that you are expected to have gained by this point in the year. Your score on a benchmark test should always be greater than the score on the benchmark before it, as this demonstrates progress. You need not worry about beginning-of-the-year benchmark scores, as they are intended to measure the knowledge with which you are beginning the course.
Attend school regularly. Good school attendance can help to keep you from getting behind in your coursework, which is a common reason that benchmark scores are low.
Take notes in class. There are no preparation materials commercially available for benchmark tests. The notes you take are a valuable part of your preparation materials.
Complete all of your assignments and ask for help with anything you don't understand. The benchmark is based on what you are learning in class. If you learn it well, you will be prepared.
Save your notes and completed assignments in a binder. Review them before the benchmark test and ask for clarification on anything you don't understand.
Don't spend much time studying for a benchmark test. The test is not meant to be graded. Its purpose is to measure your progress in the course and to measure how well your teacher is helping students make progress. According to the National Evaluation Institute, a benchmark test should serve as a way for teachers to identify and correct teaching deficiencies.
Use your benchmark scores as a way to tell how prepared you are for your state's standardized test. A low benchmark score indicates that you may need additional preparation for the test. Ask your school counselor about getting help preparing for state standardized assessments, as many schools provide elective coursework targeted towards increasing student standardized test scores.
Keep in mind that a benchmark test is not the same as your state standardized test, which you may have to pass in order to graduate or progress to the next grade.
Unless you are already aware of all of the competencies that are being measured for your grade and the course you are taking the benchmark in, you will not be able to study for all of the competencies. You are not expected to know end-of-year competencies for a middle-of-the-year benchmark test, for example.