Get Ready for TCAP!

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TCAP, or Transitional Colorado Assessment Program, officially begins for all students third through tenth grade on Tuesday, March 6.
 

TCAP, or Transitional Colorado Assessment Program, officially begins for all students third through tenth grade on Tuesday, March 6.
 

There are two hour-long tests each day and tests will cover reading, writing, and math. Fifth, eighth, and tenth graders will also take TCAP science tests.
 

Dan Steepleton, who teaches eighth grade Physical Science at Carmody Middle School in Lakewood, said, "[Kids in those grades] have a cool opportunity to show off three years of knowledge in science."
 

Two of the most important ways to get ready (other than to pay attention in class, which is always important) are making sure to get a full night's sleep before test days and to eat a good breakfast in the morning. The test is mentally fatiguing, so you need to have enough energy to get through it.
 

Another important thing is to come with a positive attitude, said Steepleton. "When we feel like we can be successful, we're much more likely to accomplish that goal."
 

"Every student in Colorado will be taking the same test under the same conditions, so . . . why not just do your best?"
 

TCAP will have large, if not overriding, control over what classes are available to take in two years, so you should make sure to show off the best you you can be.
 

Good luck!