Supporting Your Child Through the Virginia Standards of Learning Test

Testing Tips and Tricks for Families

By Ashley Ireland
April 24, 2024

1. Understand the Test: Familiarize yourself with the Virginia Standards of Learning test format and content areas. Take the time to review the testing schedule and understand what subjects and skills the test will assess. This knowledge will help you better support your child's preparation efforts and provide informed guidance along the way. The Virginia Department of Education has a variety of resources to help both you and your student. They also have "Blueprints" or summaries of the materials covered on each test. 

2. Create a Supportive Environment: Create a supportive and encouraging environment at home that promotes learning and academic growth. Designate a quiet study space where your child can focus and concentrate on their studies. Establish a regular study routine and schedule dedicated study time each day to review class materials and prepare for the SOL test. There are several websites, such as (password: annandale), students can use to help them study at home. 

3. Communicate with Teachers: Maintain open lines of communication with your child's teachers to stay informed about their progress and areas for improvement. Attend parent-teacher conferences, participate in school events, and reach out to teachers with any questions or concerns you may have about your child's academic performance or preparation for the SOL test. Teachers are also happy to provide students with study guides or websites to help students study at home. Please try reaching out via TalkingPoints or email to communicate with teachers so they can help your child.

4. Provide Resources and Support: Equip your child with the resources and support they need to succeed on the SOL test. Help them gather study materials, such as textbooks, workbooks, and online resources, to supplement their learning. Offer assistance with homework assignments, review sessions, and practice tests to reinforce their understanding of key concepts and skills.

5. Encourage a Growth Mindset: Encourage a growth mindset in your child by emphasizing the importance of effort, perseverance, and resilience in the learning process. Remind them that mistakes are opportunities for growth and learning, and encourage them to approach challenges with a positive attitude and determination. Celebrate their progress and achievements, no matter how small, to boost their confidence and motivation.

6. Reduce Test Anxiety: Help your child manage test anxiety by providing strategies to cope with stress and nerves. Teach them relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing exercises or visualization, to calm their mind and body before the test. Encourage them to get plenty of rest, eat a healthy breakfast on test day, and remind them that you believe in their abilities.


With these six tips, your students will go into the SOLs with all the tools they need! Want to know when your student is testing? View the SOL Calendar below or check our events page for the most up to date information about SOL tests. 

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