PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR TEST TAKERS
for PSSAs and Keystone Exams 

DO…
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Eat a good breakfast.
  • Listen to, read, and follow all directions given.
  • Ask questions if you do not understand the directions.
  • Read each question carefully, especially multiple-choice items that ask for the “best answer”. Also, be sure to read any open-ended items and writing prompts carefully before responding.
  • Be careful when marking your answers so that you do not skip spaces or fill in the wrong sections.
  • Make sure to completely fill in the bubble for the answer you select and erase completely any answers you change.
  • Keep your eyes on your own test.
  • Try to answer each test item.
  • Check that you have completed all the test items in the test section before closing your text booklet or submitting your final responses online.
  • Report any suspected cheating to your teacher or principal.

DO NOT…
  • Bring notes with you to the test.
  • Bring any electronic devices (e.g., cell phones, smart phones, etc.) other than an approved calculator, if applicable, to the test.
  • Share a calculator with others.
  • Use the bubbles in the answer booklet to either eliminate possible incorrect answers or possible correct answers. Mark only the bubbles for the one correct answer you have chosen.
  • Talk with others about questions on the test during or after the test.
  • Take notes about the test to share with others.
  • Leave an online test session until the session is complete or until instructed to do so.
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