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OKLAHOMA CITY-- Love them or hate them, standardized tests in Oklahoma schools are used to measure how students and schools are making the grade.

The pressure is on, but one school that is trying to energize and excite students about doing their best to pass the test.

Westwood Elementary students got a loud and warm welcoming from the Capitol Hill High School drum line and cheerleaders as a fun way to motivate and inspire the students to get ready for the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests.

"It's important to know where our kids are and how they rank, but most of all it's for them to see how they can achieve their life goals," said Valerie Sheesley, 6th grade math and science teacher.

Valerie Sheesley has been preparing her classes for the science and math portion.

"It's going to help me in the future," 6th grader Annely Garcia said.

"It's nervous and it's hard and we just have to try our best," 6th grader Sebastian Rodriguez said.

"We all believe in them, that everyone in this school backs them up. That we have been thinking of them, praying for them, encouraging them," Sheesley said.

The school is adding a little excitement to the learning factor.

"Don't rush through the test, just slow down and think about the skills you've learned this year."

These are words that can help students make their dreams come true.

"Being a nurse or a lawyer," said Annely Garcia.

They're just trying to leave the kiddos with some sound advice as they gear up for the OCCT tests in subjects, like reading and social studies.

"Go to bed early, eat well and to come to school ready to accomplish this goal," Sheesley said.

Testing for Oklahoma elementary students starts Friday and runs through the 24th.

One problem that leads to testing delays is lack of monitors.

Many schools are searching for volunteers to help monitor in the classroom.

Click here to register as a monitor to help your neighborhood school.

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