7 Ways To Ace Science MCAS

Alycia Felli

Coming into the home stretch of the school year, everyone dreads finals. But Freshman have another obstacle to overcome: Science MCAS.

“I’m not really that nervous, we covered A lot in biology this year.” says Honors Bio student Sara Long.

“It’s not the right way to let kids express what they’ve learned about biology. Some of the questions on there were barely covered over the school year.” says Nick Henault.

Fear not, we’ve got you covered. Wether you’re stressed out, dreading the thought, or all- set for Monday morning, follow Ms. Kilbride’s 7 tips to help keep your cool during the two 3 hour long testing sessions.

  1. When coming across an unfamiliar word, try to figure out what the word means in everyday language or break it down. If you still can’t figure out the meaning, ignore the word. Restate the question without it.
  2. If you can’t remember learning some of the content on the MCAS, try to get through it through logic and reasoning. Still not sure? Try to eliminate all the wrong answers to get the right one.
  3. Always read pictures, graphs, and charts carefully. They’re there for a reason.
  4. With wordy questions, break it down and find the actual question in all the information.
  5. Don’t skip open response. Skipping one open response is like skipping 4 multiple choice! If you have no idea what to write, the least you can do is label and restate the questions.
  6. Most of the time the answer is in the open response question. Read through all the given info before answering.
  7. If carbon is an option- circle it. It’s right.

For more tips, watch the video above.