Follows a copy of a message, I recently posted in the Bucks section...
I reward with stickers. A test maked at 86% or over gets a yellow highlight. A test score of 90% plus gets a sticker [plus the yellow highlight] 100% receives 2 stickers. All this is placed on an A4 paper at the front of their 'Test' section in their folder.
They also receive a sticker for working well in the session. This is placed on the inside cover of their file. They make patterns/pictures/initials
When I review their test, I place an asterix against all answers that I class as silly mistakes which covers all the questions I expect 100% .
In addition any question that has not had appropriate notes made eg writing out words together to find the compound word will also have an asterix placed next to the question number.
I then have a moan and a nag...
The test is then scored twice, once as the true mark then second as the score with all the silly mistakes added. They then can see 'what could have been' Of course they only get their highlights and stickers for the true score. This seems to spurr them on.
You could of course use a bit of bribary, for every test 90% or above Â£1 [or whatever the going rate is ] in a tin to be spent once all the tests are over. I do not believe in rewards for passing the real test, its a reward for working well [without whinging] leading up to the tests.
I have been known to be really mean, particulary with a child who constantly does not follow my rules and as a consequence makes many errors: for every silly mistake, I leave as homework an extra 5 questions. 8 silly mistakes, 40 extra questions....
edit to add: I do not accept children guessing on any question that I expect 100% marks. No excuses. All the information is there for them to get it right...
As YoYo123 stated, I also tell my students that the computer is not going to ring them up and say, 'Johnny did you mean to give that answer?'
Once they think they have finished the test, their 1st check is make sure ALL
questions have been answered on the answer sheet [if its multiple choice]
Their second check is to go back to all the questions they put a ring round [questions that they took an educated guess at]
Their 3rd check is to look at vocab questions, ensuring they have not fallen into any traps eg Instructions say find 2 words with similar meanings, but the publishers like to throw in opposites, compounds and relationships. One of my favourites is Bucket and Spade, you would be surprised at the amount of children who mark these 2 words as being similar in meaning!