"To Proficiency... and Beyond!" Test-Taking Tips Bulletin Board

I don't know what it's like in your state, but testing season is creeping up fast in Pennsylvania! I was so excited to finally get a chance this week to make a bulletin board to highlight test-taking tips!

First off, I have to give a  HUGE SHOUT OUT to Gail, a School Counselor Blog reader, who shared a great idea for a test-taking slogan! Gail found a cute rocket Valentine on Pinterest and thought of a rocket theme for state testing using the slogan "To proficiency... and beyond!" (Like Buzz Lightyear! Get it?!)  I immediately loved it and thought it would be awesome to create a bulletin board with a rocket theme for the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) test.

So, this week my school counseling intern, co-school counselor, and I got to work making "TO PROFICIENCY... AND BEYOND!" test-taking tips bulletin board.  It was so much fun to create and put together. I must say it turned out even better than I anticipated.

We used four large pieces of black roll paper to make the background for the bulletin board. We made the rocket using purple roll paper, blue roll paperAstroBrights card stock, and foil circles for the windows. We used yellow and orange tissue paper for the flames at the bottom. I also used some leftover yellow ribbon from another project as a finishing touch on the rocket!

I used my Cricut Expression to cut out stars using the Plantin Schoolbook Cricut Cartridge.

I printed the test taking tips and the "TO PROFICIENCY... AND BEYOND!" slogan onto AstroBrights card stock and cut them down to size with a paper cutter.

We made the test-taking tips to look like they were tails of shooting stars!

Here is a close up of a star that says "Do your best!"

Here are a few more test-taking tips we came up with.

Get a good night's sleep!
Eat a healthy breakfast!
If you are feeling frustrated, take a deep breath!
Take your time!
Have a positive attitude!

I am made printable PDF versions of the test-taking tips and the "TO PROFICIENCY... AND BEYOND!" slogan that you can download! Visit my To Proficiency... and Beyond! FREE PRINTABLES post for details and to download PDF files!

Let me know what you think of the "TO PROFICIENCY... AND BEYOND!" bulletin board!

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What test-taking tip or state testing bulletin boards have you made? Do you have a theme for any activities related to state testing? Comment below, tweetcontact Danielle, or share on the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page!

Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources. Connect with Danielle via emailTwitter, PinterestLinkedInGoogle+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.


  1. This is an awesome bulletin board! I am not yet a teacher but I am a junior in college studying early childhood education and I love reading your blog. :)

  2. This is adorable and awesome all at once! I'm definitely sending this one out to the department as an idea for when our testing starts rearing its head! I like the idea of test taking tips, too.  A lot of times my kids will just "freak out" and lose focus during the test. I wish I could have a cd playing these tips while they are taking the test! HA!

  3. thank you for sharing!  we just made one using your example!!!

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