It’s 2014. Your child will have to take a lot of tests, no matter where s/he attends school. Schools everywhere are testing more than ever before. And why? Well, the debate is out there as to why we test. But, as a parent, you cannot simply avoid it (even homeschool parents feel pressure to assess learning). Should you provide your child with resources to enhance his/her test-taking skills? Or, should you leave that responsibility to the schools? How important is your child’s test score on a standardized test? These are things to consider.
Testingmom.com is a resource available to parents who want to improve their child’s test-taking skills. Whether your child aces all tests given, or struggles to master test-taking strategies, Testingmom.com might provide support you’re looking for. Take, for example, Common Core. And folks, if you haven’t had a chance to glance at the difficulty of some Common Core questions asked, I’d suggest you do so. Common Core standards are challenging because they require children to think and apply their skills in finding a solution to a problem given. Gone are the days of simply looking at a multiple choice question with four optional answers and scratching out the two obvious incorrect answers! Welcome to an era where children are tested on what they know, can do, and can explain. So, where should you start?
Well, many schools will begin test preparation during the weeks leading up to the state’s test. Teachers administer practice tests during school, assign sheets of test-taking practice for homework, and quiz kids randomly throughout the day. Students might even receive packets of practice tests. I’ve done this type of preparation in several different grade levels, so I would know. Should you do more to prepare your child? Or, should you leave it up to the teacher to prepare all 28+ kids in his/her class? What could you do, anyway? That’s where Testingmom.com comes in.
Testingmom.com is a little different from the other “test prep” websites you may know. For one, it has a lengthy list of tests children in the United States might take. In NYC, for example, students may be given the OLSAT and/or the NNAT-2 test for Gifted and Talented Education (G.A.T.E.). Testingmom.com offers practice questions taken directly from the test. Testingmom.com offers access to the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) practice questions. Is your child starting Kindergarten in the fall and you’re curious if s/he is prepared? Testingmom.com even offers a Kindergarten Readiness practice test. Looking for practice in Common Core’s 6th Grade Mathematics test? Testingmom.com has it! Writing Assessments and/or Private School Assessments? Check. You name the assessment, and there’s a good chance Testingmom.com offers it.
Testingmom.com isn’t simply a website that provides a general array of questions for your child. Testingmom.com provides actual questions taken from the tests administered in previous years. These tests are the closest simulation of real test questions available for you.
And, aside from simply offering testing practice, Testingmom.com offers some other fun features! For one, you’ll receive 100 practice questions for free! Also, Testingmom.com offers Online Games, Expert Answers, Daily Email Questions, Parents’ Tips for Testing, etc. for you and your child. Truly, it’s a company designed to give parents a little more responsibility in their child’s test-taking world. And often, children benefit tremendously from the help of their parents. So what are you waiting for?