I like the idea of a snack, Arcadia. I am also wondering if more exercise would help, maybe running?
My "hyperactive" kid was told by the psychologist that he was allowed to run, jump, dance in between test sections for the WISC (IQ) test a few years ago. So why not for any restroom/snack breaks during any other test.
My kids did brisk walk to their test rooms because the distance from the notice board with the classroom allocation lists to the rooms itself was quite a walk.
The first break is 10mins and is after the Reading section. Kids aren't allowed to talk. My younger kid could practically do the Macarena or Riverdance during that break because he does not like sitting still. It would be awful for him to not talk and not move.
The second break is 5 mins and after the Math - No calculator section. I know both my kids did some stretching and head rotation exercise because they do get stiff neck after two sections.
The third break is 5 mins and before the essay. My kids didn't take the essay. They were "starving" when they came out so I would packed food and drinks for three recess (break time) worth when they take SAT with essay. Apparently test taking makes my kids hungry at faster interval than 2hrs.
Maybe you can ask your child to do a practice test with the official break times. Ask your child to do simple stretching exercises like head rotations, bending to touch toes, fingers cross stretch behind back.
There is lots of shoulder tension when sitting down and taking tests. My high school PE teacher taught me to unknot my knotted muscles (trigger points) on my shoulder during 11th grade. I knew I had knotted muscles on my shoulder blade area but didn't do anything about it until my female PE teacher massage those knots away. Now I do that for my kids as my older boy does feel pain after mostly sitting still for hours of outsourced class work.
Below quoted explains and the link tells you what you can do if your child or you have knotted muscles due to too much sitting and stress.
"Trigger points are tight knots of muscle fiber that can’t relax. According to Daniel J. Leizman, MD, a specialist in Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Pain Management, trigger points are predominantly in the trapezius muscle, which stretches from the base of your skull, down to the middle of your back and over to your shoulder.
“You could have multiple trigger points in one muscle, maybe a few inches apart,” says Dr. Leizman. “Muscle often feels denser and tighter at a trigger point — more rope-like. When you push on it, pain spreads throughout the muscle area.”" https://health.cleve...ger-point-pain/
Edited by Arcadia, 22 August 2017 - 11:34 PM.