Parents can help kids prep for standardized exams.

Throughout April and May, many school districts will be administering Ohio’s state tests in language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.

Many students, understandably, have come to dread standardized tests. But parents can help children put a more optimistic spin on the situation.

Here are a few suggestions from the U.S. Department of Education to help make the experience more positive:

Talk to children about testing so they understand what tests they’ll take and what the purpose is. Encourage children and offer praise when they do well. When students feel good about themselves, they try to do their best. Kids who are scared to fail may get nervous during tests and be more prone to making errors. Help your child avoid test anxiety. Put the test in perspective and discuss test-taking strategies. Stay in contact with your child’s teacher about his or her progress and how you can help prepare for tests at home.

Read the complete list of tips, which covers both standardized and classroom tests, at ed.gov/parents/academic/help/succeed/part9.html.

For a list of frequently asked questions about Ohio’s testing, go to education.ohio.gov/topics/testing/faqs-about-ohio-state-tests.