Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1991

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Glenn Madsen

Second Committee Member

Timothy W. Young

Third Committee Member

Teresa Lynn Martin


This project is concerned with teaching test-taking skills to elementary grade students in grades one to five in preparation for standardized tests. Research was explored to discover if any benefits to students have been identified, and if scores on tests can be improved with test-taking skills instruction. A history of standardized tests provides a background on testing, and illustrates the reason for our present concern with students' abilities to demonstrate learned skills. The preparation of materials that may, or may not, be appropriate is at issue and referred to in the preparation of the test-taking skills project designed for Annie Wright School, Tacoma, Washington.