MCMS PSSA Testing

Posted on: April 1, 2024

PSSA Testing will be on the following dates: 

English Language Arts – April 24, 25 and 26, 2024 – Makeups April 29

Math – April 30 and May 1, 2024 – Makeups May 2

Attached are Frequently Asked Questions about the PSSAs and a Parent Letter regarding Electronic Devices during testing. 

Please contact the main office at 717-242-1401 if you have any questions. 

NINE TIPS TO PREPARE FOR TESTING AND REDUCE ANXIETY

Although it seems hard to believe, it’s already the time of year when we will be completing our state-mandated assessments in English Language Arts and Math beginning on April 24. As we prepare for the PSSAs, we understand that some students might be experiencing anxiety related to taking tests. Here are nine tips to help prepare for the tests while also reducing test anxiety:

  1. Keep a positive attitude — remind yourself that you CAN do this!
  2. Get a good night’s sleep — taking a test when you’re tired can make it harder.
  3. Fuel up — eat a healthy breakfast on test day. If your tummy hurts, eat something that will settle your stomach.
  4. Try to be on time — make sure to report to your testing room as quickly as possible so you have time to get settled.
  5. Read carefully — follow the directions and read all the answer choices before picking one.
  6.   Take deep breaths — breathing can slow your heart rate and your racing mind down to reduce anxiety.
  7. Focus — pay attention to your own test and forget about everyone else.
  8. Envision success — imagine how happy you’ll feel when you’re done.
  9. Remember that you can take as much time as you need on the PSSAs, so don’t watch the clock.
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