How to Survive CMAS Testing

Itiah González, Writer

In McAuliffe, we are nearing the end of the school year. That means we have to take CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success) testing this month. CMAS testing can be difficult and scary, even for people who have already taken it. The build-up and the feeling of knowing that you have to sit silently in front of a computer for 90 minutes can be nerve-wracking. Below you will find my helpful tips on how to stay calm and do your best during CMAS testing. 

Get Plenty of Sleep

Getting enough sleep the night before CMAS testing is essential if you want to feel relaxed and refreshed. Although studying all night and cramming facts into your brain may seem like a good idea, it will have serious impacts on your ability to focus and remember information while you are actually taking the test. 

Eat a Good Breakfast

Get plenty of nutrients and good food the morning of your test in order to make the best use of your memory and attention span. If you are starving during your test because you didn’t eat enough or at all for breakfast, you won’t be able to invest your full attention to the questions on the test, you will feel distracted and low on energy. It might seem really easy to shove a bowl of Froot Loops in your mouth, however; for this day, and this day only, it is a good idea to stick to the healthy stuff. 

Have a Positive Attitude

Although it may not seem like it, waking up and doing something that makes you laugh or smile can change your attitude for the rest of the day. Going into a test with the best attitude possible is a really good way to ensure that you won’t be too hard on yourself for being unsure about something on the test. If you are feeling happy and excited, you won’t worry and stress out too much about the little things. Now I am not recommending that you act completely normal and indifferent about your exam because this is important and should be taken seriously.

Make Good Use of Time

Remember that CMAS is a timed test so you want to pace yourself so that you have enough time to get through all the questions. If you seem to get stuck on a question, mark it and move on to the next one. You don’t want to spend too much time on a question that you may or may not know the answer to. Once you get through the whole test, then you can go back to review/revise the unanswered questions from earlier. If there is no option to return to marked questions, use the process of elimination to rule out the obvious wrong answers.

I hope that these tips will help you feel prepared for CMAS testing and if you have been paying attention and doing your best to learn even through this pandemic then I am sure you will succeed. Good luck!