Welcome to West Hempfield's PSSA Resource page.

*To see the current state standards regarding Reading, Writing, Mathematics, or Science, please click on the following link:

Reading Practice


Math Practice

Fun Review Games

Test Taking Strategies from Fort Couch Middle School (thanks)

*Check out Mr. Drury's (Fort Couch Middle School) How to Study link to checkout some cool websites and play a few games!

Study Guides and Strategies -

Before the Test
1. Get a good night’s rest prior to the test day and eat a healthy breakfast or lunch on the day of the exam (don’t overeat!).
2. Bring a watch to your exam–it will help you manage your time during the test.

When You Begin
1. Take a deep breath to relax. Anxiety may reduce your confidence and be an obstacle to doing your best.
2. Preview the whole test briefly before you begin (if allowed). This will help get you warmed up to take the test and allow you to note the way the test is organized.
3. Figure out how much time you have for each section of the test and how much each section is worth. Allocate your time accordingly–don’t spend the whole test on a problem that you have no idea what the answer could be.

During the Test
1. ALWAYS read the directions before you work on a section. Circle key words of importance such as compare, contrast, similar, and different. Failing to read directions can cause you to completely misjudge what the test is asking.
2. Ask your instructor to explain directions you don’t understand.
3. Divide and conquer! Answer the easy questions first to build confidence. However, always be sure to mark the questions you don’t answer right away so you can go back to them.
4. When in doubt, guess. You at least have a chance that you might guess correctly.
5. Don’t let others distract you. Focus only on your own test. If others are writing and you aren’t, don’t panic. If others finish before you do, try not to get nervous.
6. Use any extra time to first make sure you’ve answered all the questions. Then, go over the more difficult questions and read them a second time. Read essays carefully for accuracy first and grammar second.
7. Don’t change your initial answer unless you have a good reason to do so; research indicates that 3 out of 4 times a first choice was probably correct.