• 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.