Bust That Test: Get Your Kids Excited for State Testing


Give Your Best. Bust That Test!

The demand for Jim’s motivational test taking assembly is so high, schools must call early to reserve a slot near state testing time. In this program, Jim breaks down how test taking can be a “Piece of Cake” and schools have noticed the student’s improvement. Your students will learn test taking strategies, listening skills, and methods to increase focus. Most importantly Jim motivate your students to give their best effort. Busting this state test takes a team effort and we  need EVERYBODY'S best effort and attitude to reach our potential. Jim's State Testing Assembly is a great kickstarter for your school state testing period and its also a perfect opportunity to celebrate a schools performance after State Testing.  Be Your Best and Bust This Test!!!


89% of our 6th graders improved 5 points of more, while 84% of the 7th grade improved 5 points or more.  98% of the 6th grade improved by at least one point, and 100% of the 7th grade improved by at least one point!  Thank you for the ‘Piece of Cake’ idea.”


Mrs. Kochell - Covington Middle School - Covington, IN


What your Students will Learn:

  • Patient Test Taking - It is important to read the entire question all the way through.  Not just once, but TWICE. Questions can be tricky and before you give your answer make sure that you completely understand the question. 

  • "Piece of Cake" - Jim's signature test taking tip. State Testing becomes a "piece of cake" when we break it down piece by piece.  Breaking down test taking down step by step is easier then taking the entire test all at once.  Learning is a process and when we break it down step by step, it becomes easier and more fun.   

  • Test Taking Tips - Through the entire assembly Jim will give your students helpful tips to prepare them for testing day.  Simple tips such as: going to bed early, eating a healthy breakfast, doing something active, and more.  These tips and others are given to students as a checklist to motivate students to take them into action. 

  • Your Effort Matters - We can't be our best without you! Busting this Test is a team effort and we need everybody's effort.  Jim will demonstrate the importance of teamwork during State Testing period.    

  • School is FUN! - School is a fun safe place for you to be the best version of yourself.  Be creative and allow others to be the best version of themselves. 


“You are an inspiration to us all; your message is of hope and the possibilities that each of us can reach our goals with hard work and determination.”


Bob Egelkraut, Student Support Specialist - LaMora Park School - Battle Creek, MI



This Assembly is Great For:

  • State Testing Preparation: Bring Jim "Basketball" Jones into your school just before the State Test to pump up your students and faculty.  This assembly can be performed days or even weeks before your school's state testing period begins. Jim's test taking hints can be helpful all year round.  

  • State Testing Celebration: After your school "Busts The Test" its time to celebrate. Your faculty and staff deserves it after a entire testing period of giving your best effort and a Basketball Jones assembly is a perfect way to celebrate and have some fun. 


"We have had Jim visit our school for 10 years in a row; he never fails to excite the students, staff and parents.  One great message for all ages and groups! Jim will be back again next year; the kids just love his energy and comedy."


Bob Newvine, Ojibwa Elementary - P.E. Teacher - Macomb, MI


Which assembly should I choose...

Jim will customize your school assembly to meet the needs of your school.  This is a investment for your students and staff so make it the way you want it. If you like messages for Character Education, but also want to touch on Anti-Bully Education; we are happy to accommodate both.  If you are celebrating Reading month, but would like Jim to share his message on "Applying Kindness", we have you covered. Being able to mix and match messages from all programs is what makes a Jim "Basketball" Jones school assembly a truly unique experience.