Although classroom and study habits have changed with advances in technology, standardized testing remains a constant measure for students. It is an efficient tool to categorize and compare student performance, whether for achievement, placement, or measuring aptitude. Preparing for these tests is just as important as mastering the material.
Below are helpful tips from Eye Level, the global leader in self-directed learning, for any math or English evaluation:
Read as much as possible. Reading helps build vocabulary, which is a major advantage when it comes to standardized testing. Expose your kids to novels, news articles and magazines which contain countless benefits – ranging from visualizing story concepts, knowing correct grammar usage to analytical thinking.
Analyze your reading. Standardized tests are always full of critical thinking, comparing and linking questions. When reading, don’t just have your kids identify the basic who, what, when, where, why and how. Encourage your kids to take their reading to the next level by posing questions that will help them fully comprehend the material and reinforce critical thinking for testing.
Visualize the problem. Visualizing the problem ensures that test takers don’t get bogged down by possible distractors or additional, nonessential information. This tactic is especially useful for math problems.
Master mental math. Mental math speeds up the test taking process, and practicing with flashcards is a great way to master basic math operations and enhance mental math skills. Writing carryovers and additional steps could cost precious seconds and minutes needed to check or evaluate answers.
Estimate to eliminate. Being able to estimate the answer and apply math sense are important in eliminating possible wrong answers and distractors, particularly problems that contain a wide range of answers. Even if the test taker is unsure of the exact answer, an approximation is helpful.
Increase math vocabulary. Teach your kids key words associated with math problems that will help them quickly identify the correction operation to perform:
Addition: sum, add, altogether, both, in all, total.
Subtraction: subtract, difference, left, less, minus, fewer, how many/much more, remains
Multiplication: times, multiples, area, volume
Division: in each, average, quotient, amount of each, per, ratio divide.