I prepare my students for standardized tests beginning in September in several ways. I prepare all tests and quizzes, including spelling, in a standardized format. With my math chapter tests, I require that the paper showing work and checking be turned in. That lets me see where mistakes are made for re-teaching purposes and teaches students to get in the habit of copying the problem down and checking it on the extra paper. I make English quizzes in a paragraph form with the incorrect information underlined with a letter above it, just as in our standardized tests. I make my tests tricky, so students will realize that sometimes they must look more carefully than they first thought. As a result of all this preparation, when March tests begin, my students are comfortable with the format. The week before the tests we take a nice break from all this to allay the pressure. My class has practiced all year and the tests are like the final basketball game in a tournament.