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​During the second week of May Australian children in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will take part in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). 

Whether your child stresses or takes them in his stride here are some tips to help prepare for the NAPLAN tests:

  • Help yourself help your child – familiarise yourself with the test by looking at test examples online.
  • Take cues from your child – if your child doesn’t worry, then neither should you.
  • Encourage them to do their best and try hard – choose your words carefully and focus squarely on the effort rather than the result.
  • Listen to any concerns they have – validate their feelings rather than shut them down.
  • Give them some relaxation ideas – anxious or nervous children will benefit from some simple relaxation strategies.
  • Help them retain their perspective – while NAPLAN is a useful indicator it is not the biggest, most important thing in the world.
  • The night before – make sure that your child gets a good night’s sleep.
  • On test day – ensure that your child has a decent breakfast.
  • After the test – if you are worried about the results make sure you seek advice from your child’s school.​