Luckily, I happened upon some of my strudents from last year preparing for the US History STAAR. Panicked, they said they weren't ready. I probed further with a few questions to see what that really meant. They know bits and pieces of history, but they don't quite know how it all fits together. Dates, facts, names, and other information swims around in their heads wating to be triggered by a multiple choice question. The problem was that they "didn't know what the questions would be." I told them that that wasn't a problem. They need to trust themselves and believe in their knowledge. When did students start expecting to know all the questions going into a test?