Tips for Helping Your Child Succeed with EQAO Testing

Posted on November 8th, 2016 9:22pm
By: prepacadtutors

Tips for Helping Your Child Succeed with EQAO Testing

The EQAO Testing is given to students in grade 3, 6, 9 and 10. It can be a stressful time for many students, as this is often their first encounter with standardized testing. So how can you help? The best way a parent can help their child prepare for the EQAO is by having them practice, practice, practice! The more familiar your child is with the questions, the easier they will become. Below are some tips for answering the EQAO as well as the components of the test.

Tips for Answering the EQAO

  1. Short answer responses:
    1. Read the question – underline key details
    2. Check to see if they answered all the parts of the question and included support
    3. Ensure the question was referred to in the answer and communicates the idea clearly
    4. Edit – checking for proper grammar, fluency and spelling
  2. Long answer responses:
    1. Create a plan – use a scrap paper to make an outline
    2. Keep it organized ensure there is a flow and the mechanics are there (i.e. topic sentence, conclusion ect.)
    3. Include support/evidence
  3. Multiple choice (literacy):
    1. Cover the question and read the options first
    2. Read the question and decide on the best answer
    3. Go back to the text to ensure the answer is correct
  4. Multiple choice (math):
    1. Read the question and ignore the options (for now)
    2. Solve the question
    3. Double check your work
    4. Find the option that matches your answer
  5. Problem solving in math:
    1. Understand the problem – highlight key details
    2. Make a plan – decide what the question is asking and utilize your strategies
    3. Show your work – do all the math, explain your thinking
    4. Check it – does it make sense, did you include a sentence if it was a word problem?

Components of the Test:



  • Fiction
  • Non-Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Media

Following Questions:

  • Multiple choice
  • Short answer

Topics Include:

  • Comprehension
  • Understanding of vocabulary
  • Inferences
  • Text Features

  • Recount
  • Narrative
  • Exposition
  • Explanatory
  • Procedure
  • Letter
  • Descriptive
  • Comparative



  • Number Sense and Numeration
  • Geometry and Spatial Sense
  • Data Management and Probability
  • Measurement
  • Algebra and Patterning
Questions Based On:

  • Vocabulary
  • Multiple Choice
  • Open Ended
  • Problem Solving

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