To succeed on the FCAT, your child must develop strong reading comprehension skills. The FCAT does not test a student's intelligence or prior knowledge. Instead, it tests a student's ability to understand the meaning of what he or she reads.
To help your child perform well in school and on the FCAT, the best (and simplest) thing to do is to encourage practice reading at home. The more time your child spends reading, the more improvement you both will see in vocabulary, comprehension, and knowledge.
To encourage practice reading, help your child find easy-to-read materials that match your child's interests. Children read what interests them. A child who hates reading a literature assignment may read a magazine on fashion, sports, or music from cover to cover. Finding stories related to a child's interests can tempt even the most reluctant child to start reading more.
Adapted from The Florida Department of Education.