*    Go back over any questions your circled--no need to go back
         over all answers--that's like taking the test twice!
    *    Carefully fill in your SCANTRON so you won't have to erase
         any answers.  Erasing answers can cause correct answers to
         be scored incorrectly.  As you fill in your SCANTRON be very
         careful to make sure you bubble the correct answer on the
         correct number.  It's easy to bubble two answers on the same
         number or skip a number.  This, of course, will drastically
         effect your score!  Also make sure you bubble each answer
         darkly and stay within the lines.  Marking outside the lines
         can cause two answers to be scored incorrectly!
    *    Finally, look over your SCANTRON and erase any "stray"
         marks.  Stray marks from laying your pencil down on your
         test can also cause your test to be scored incorrectly.
SQRQ provides students with testing strategies for taking the TAAS Reading Test.  SQRQ was developed by Mrs. Blevins based on research she did on good test takers.  Students who follow SQRQ consistently produce higher scores than students who do not follow these strategies.Click here to add your text.
Skimming the passage before you read gives your brain an idea of what it will be reading about and keep it from "wondering."  Skim the title, subtitles, boldface words, graphs, charts, pictures, etc.  This should only take a few seconds.
Once you have done the first two steps in SQRQ, you are now ready to read the passage.  Read the passage carefully looking for answers to the questions you previewed.  If your mind does wander, reread the paragraph or passage.
Do the following as you answer the questions in your test booklet--do not fill in your SCANTRON at this time:
    *    go back to the passage to find answers or support for   answers
         when you find the answer, underline/circle it and write the
         question # beside it
    *    ,/DFOX (check,/ correct answer, label details in main idea "D",
         label facts "F", label opinions "O", and eleminate wrong
         answers with an "X"
    *    circle the # of questions in which you are unsure

Previewing the questions before you read also keeps your brain focused while you are reading.  Simply read over each question and circle/underline important information.