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Westport Students Prep for State Tests

It's study time for many Westport students with the Connecticut Mastery Test and the Connecticut Academic Performance Test on the calendar. And all around town, the library especially, groups of students can be found with their heads buried in books.

"Some students get so freaked out about CAPT, but it's really not a big deal," said Staples sophomore Alyssa Long, who was at the library Thursday afternoon. "I'm not saying I love taking tests, but I'm not freaking out because you can always take it again if you don't reach goal."

The CAPT is a standardized test given to high school sophomores that measures how well students have mastered specific skills defined by the state. At Staples, the testing began Wednesday and runs until next Friday.

Another reason Alyssa said she's not stressing CAPT is because she feels ready. "The tests aren't impossible, I mean, the teachers help prepare you for it," she said. But Alyssa said she still "hates standardized tests." And for her, the most stressful part is the weeklong testing process.

Friend Carla Ferraro agreed she feels prepared for CAPT. However, she said there's still a certain amount of anxiety that comes with test-taking. "No matter how ready you think you are, you always worry," Carla said. "You know that feeling you get after you take a test? You always think back to questions you weren't totally sure about and then you wonder whether you picked the right answer in the end. That always happens to me."

Outside of Staples, many elementary and middle school students are preparing for the Connecticut Mastery Test, or CMT, a standardized test administered to students in third through eighth grades. The CMTs will begin next week.

Is your child taking either set of tests? How is he or she preparing? Let us know below!

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