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TEST PREP STRATEGIES: Testing Tips & Managing Stress Lesson & Game | Digital



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Looking for a low-prep, interactive test taking skills lesson? Guaranteed you and your students will have tons of fun playing this quiz show style SEL activity!  Not only will your students will learn and practice team building and executive functioning skills.  They will also learn testing tips and ways to manage stress around taking tests.



You can use this Game Show as a stand-alone classroom lesson about test taking skills and/or supplement to your social emotional learning activities. Great for your small groups, too!  Moreover, it’s distance learning ready:  it includes both Google Slides™ and Power Point Presentation files, which allows you to use for SEL distance learning, teletherapy, virtual counseling groups, school counseling guidance and in person lessons.


What’s Super Sweet About this Lesson on Preparing for Taking Tests?

The Game Show format is hands-on and experiential.  Moreover, your students will use reflective thinking, cooperative learning, and be able to show off and build on their smarts in different ways.  Plus, the questions and challenges are 100% customizable so if you like, you can edit them to better fit your specific needs.  On top of that, it’s low-prep, perfect for all you busy counselors and teachers!  There’s even a school counseling guidance lesson plan included, too!


The Game Show Categories Are:

  • ACT IT OUT: teams act out / role play the challenge prompt.
  • TRUE or FALSE: teams decide whether the statement is true or false.
  • SKETCH IT: teams quickly draw their answers.
  • IMAGINE IF: teams answer “Imagine If” questions, using their imagination & problem solving skills.
  • RISK: teams take a “risk” because the type of question and/or challenge is not revealed until chosen.


What’s needed to play the Game Show?

  • If you are using this test prep SEL lesson in person, it is best used with a Promethean White Board or projector that that can be hooked up to your computer; it’s formatted as a power point presentation and now google slides™, too!
  • If using for distance learning, all players need internet access. Share your screen with students!
  • Want to go screen-free? No problem! This Game Show also comes with printable task cards with the same prompts as the Game Show challenges.


Provides lots of flexibility…

Given that the GAME SHOW takes 40-60 minutes to play, and sometimes we just don’t have that much time….or that the GAME SHOW works best projected on a large screen, and sometimes the technology breaks down….or that there are days when we walk into the classroom and just know that a whole classroom game is not going to fly that day….and sometimes students need more quiet, reflective activities……I have included more than 6 additional formats that do not require the use of the power point presentation or google slides™. (Note: the additional activities do involve some printing prep-work.)



  • M 1. Belief in development of whole self, including a healthy balance of mental, social/emotional and physical well – being
  • M 3. Sense of belonging in the school environment
  • M 6. Positive attitude toward work and learning
  • B-LS 2. Demonstrate creativity
  • B-SS 2. Create positive and supportive relationships with other students
  • B-SS 6. Use effective collaboration and cooperation skills

Looking for other social emotional learning lessons in the quiz show style format?  Be sure to check out other guidance lessons here.  For a super deal, save 50% off with our 53 SEL lesson bundle!

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  • The Game Show comes in both Google Slides™ and PowerPoint™ files.
  • Prompts and questions are also available as task cards in a pdf download.
  • Optional pdf worksheets to complete the Sketch It and Imagine If categories.
  • School Counseling lesson plan
  • Detailed instructions and suggestions for modifications.
  • Test Taking Tips printable


My students loved this so much! They are still asking when we will play it again! So much fun and no prep on my part! LOVE!

-Faith C.

December 16, 2021, TPT Review



Text prep doesn’t always have to be boring. This activity allowed students to relax and understand that testing shouldn’t be stressful because when we stress we don’t do our best. Kids in my class enjoyed the game.

-Playing School (TPT Seller)

September 21, 2021, TPT Review 



This resource is a perfect way to spice up best testing practices and tips for students. It is fun, yet has important information for our students.

-Christina N.

September 15, 2021, TPT Review



MY STUDENTS ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS. I am a counselor and used this for test prep before ACT Aspire. The teachers had been working on test prep with them and this was a fun way to review the week before and give them a break from working so hard. Even my super cool 5th graders were super engaged. I made it a competition between the classes to see who could get the most points in the allotted time and they were all over it.

-Natasha D.

June 3, 2021, TPT Review



I will now be using this resource before every standardized testing situation. It was the perfect resource to prepare my students and get them excited to show what they know. I loved it, and they were very engaged.

-Sarah Seeberger (TPT Seller)

May 16, 2021, TPT Review 

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