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In This Issue
Achievement Tests, Part 2
Help Your Child Get His Best Score!
• 7 Test-Taking
Skills To Teach Your Child • Checklist for the
Day of the Test • Interpreting Test
Scores: Glossary of Terms • Applying the
• 5-Day Easter Unit
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Christian Books: Praising God
In our last issue we
introduced the topic
of achievement tests and how to find your
requirements. We also covered:
Tests and the Christian Worldview • What
Achievement Tests Can and Cannot Do • Common
Standardized Achievement Tests • 3 Ways To
Prepare Your Child for a Test,
including practice tests and sources for
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7 Test-Taking Skills
To Teach Your Child
specific skills and strategies involved in taking
tests that can help your child do his
• Always listen
to and read the directions carefully; don't
assume that you already know them.
Sometimes they change only slightly, but
from one section to the next.
• Ask the
instructor to explain any directions that you
do not understand.
• Be sure you
know how and where to mark the answers,
especially if they are on a separate
sheet. Keep checking
to make sure you are marking the
numbered answer space that
matches the numbered question and for
the correct test
section (e.g., spelling, math
• Mark answers
carefully and neatly, filling in the blanks
completely so that it will be graded
• Erase a wrong
answer thoroughly when changing your
• Watch out for
wording such as "Which of the following is
true?" or for answers that sound or look
• On a true or
false question, watch for the words "never,"
"always," "only," and "best."
• Relax by taking
several slow, deep breaths and changing your
position from time to time.
• Remember that
you know a lot of information and that you are
doing your best to show what you know.
• Ask the Lord to
help you remember what you learned and do
• Since most
tests are timed, don't get bogged down on a
question that you can't answer or are
• Answer the
items you are sure of first. This builds
confidence, and you won't miss points on
easy questions by
running out of time.
• Skip difficult
questions and place an "x" by the number of
the question in the margin on the answer
• If you are not
sure of a question, answer the best you can
and mark them with a "?" in the margin.
• When you have
answered all the other questions, answer the
questions with an "x" in the margin and
you marked with a "?".
5. Choosing Answers
• If you need to,
look back at the reading selection to check
facts and ideas.
• Try each answer
in the blank to help you decide which one
• Sometimes on
questions where you are to find mistakes, none
are to be found.
• On some
questions, two answers can be correct and you
choose the answer that includes them
• When you are
not sure, eliminate answers you know are
incorrect and take your best guess among
the rest. Some
of your guesses will be right.
• On arithmetic
test items, do a quick estimate with
rounded-off numbers. This will
mistakes and may even help you locate
the only possible
• When you copy a
math problem onto scratch paper, line up the
numbers carefully and double check your
• Always check
subtraction problems by reversing operations.
• If you have
time, check equations by substituting your
solution for the unknown and check other
math problems by
• Use all the
time allotted for the test; review your test if
you finish early.
• Recheck the
directions, questions, and your answers.
• Do not change
answers unless they are obviously wrong.
• Don't panic
when students start handing in their papers.
There's no reward for being the
Checklist for the Day of the Test
Plan ahead for a peaceful,
unhurried evening and morning
before the test.
Check directions to the
testing site and plan to leave and
arrive early to avoid stress before
Make sure your child sleeps
well, eats a healthy breakfast,
and gets enough water to drink.
Be prepared with necessary
tools such as extra pencils or
calculators if allowed.
If this is your child's first
test, you may want to be
present in the back of the room for at
least part of the time
to relieve his anxiety.
Be sure your child
understands what to do if he needs to go
to the bathroom during the test.
(Have him go right
before the test.)
Avoid conversations between
other students and your child
before a test; anxiety is contagious.
Pray with your child that he
will remember what he has
learned and do his best. Thank the
Lord that He promised
to always be with your child.
The spiritual lessons and experiences of
trusting the Lord
in everyday circumstances and working under
pressure can be a
much greater life-long benefit than the
actual test itself.
Give your children the gift of praise!
To Him Who Sits on the Throne: Praising God with the Scriptures
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These basic terms will help you understand
your child's test
results. For definitions of additional
see Pearson's Glossary
of Measurement Terms.
Types of Tests
Criterion-referenced tests compare a
to set criteria, such as state
standards, rather than to the
performance of other students.
tests compare a student's performance to
a national reference group of students
at the same grade.
tests assess students' knowledge and skills
in relation to the state content
National Percentile Rank
Percentile does not refer to the percent
of questions that
were answered correctly.
Percentile ranks individuals within a
group on a scale of 1
to 99 with 50 being average. A percentile
rank of 60 means the
student scored better than 60 percent of the
other students in
his comparison (norm) group, and 40 percent
scored as well as, or
better than, he did.
This score shows a comparison of student
scores, from a low
of 1 to a high of 9. It may be thought
This is the most commonly misunderstood
term in interpreting
The first digit represents the year of the
grade level and
the digit after the decimal represents the
month of that grade
The grade equivalent is not an estimate of
the grade in
which your child should be placed! Rather it
shows that the
score your child achieved was the same as the
average score made
by students at that grade level who took the
For example a 2nd grade student scoring
4.7 on a math
subtest, scored the same as the average 4th
grade, 7th month
student did who took the 2nd grade test. It
does not mean that
the 2nd grade student can do 4th grade math
University Press presents the following
If your child receives a low score, always
information with your own observations. If
the low score is
consistent with your personal observation and
evaluation of your
child's skill, develop a plan to strengthen
Your plan could include:
• Checking to
the skill was
the skill from a
curriculum content and methodology
effectiveness of your teaching methods.
If reading comprehension (inferences,
interpretations) scores are low, but mental
ability and facts
scores are higher, make sure your teaching
and curriculum include
questions that require interpretation,
thought, inference, and
other higher levels of thinking as well as
If math problem-solving scores appear low,
make sure your
teaching and curriculum include
visualization, meaning, and
understanding in addition to facts and
drills. Your curriculum
should provide adequate opportunities for
practice in solving
#38 for many ideas to use in teaching math
and how to solve story problems.
If math computation scores are low, check
for your child's
command of the basic facts and his
understanding of mathematic
procedures. Also, check for student
carelessness while working
problems and note how many questions were not
answered at all,
indicating your child may need to increase
his speed as well as
• Use "Holey
Cards" for timed speed drills of addition,
subtraction, division, and multiplication
related combinations of addition/subtraction or
multiplication/division. Use triangular
math facts cards or
use ordinary flashcards.
the power of music to teach addition,
subtraction, division, and multiplication
facts with Math
Facts to Classical Music from Sing 'n
If spelling scores are low, check for
evidence that your
child is convinced that spelling is
important. (This conviction
is developed by emphasizing correct spelling
in all subject
Your methodology should teach your child
how to spell using
spelling principles, rather than just
memorizing word lists.
Employ a variety of ways to use each lesson's
words over the
whole week of study.
If these skills are low, check for whether
you are taking
time to read and interpret maps, graphs, and
tables in texts and
Check that you are teaching library,
Language Usage and
If aspects of language usage and
expression are low, make
sure you are teaching writing skills and
written work. The proofing of writing
assignments is excellent
preparation for these tests.