Help Your Child Be Successful on School Testing was written in affiliation with TestingMom.com. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. Affiliate links are used.
Whether we like it or not, school testing is a key way each student is measured for educational success. These tests might measure progress or they could be used to admit a child into a more desirable school. Even homeschool students may find themselves sitting for one of these tests long before the end of high school.
I shared a bit about How to Set Your Child Up for Educational Success in the past. Today I wanted to talk about using TestingMom.com with my 7-year-old to help him learn about taking standardized tests.
Practice to Be Successful on School Testing
Kids are wired for learning. They have an insatiable desire to know how things work and how to do things they want to do.
What they are not wired for is taking achievement tests.
When my older boys attended private school, everyone began testing in 1st grade. The one they used let you know not only the grade level of their abilities but the approximate month of the school year where they placed.
My older boys have also taken a variety of standardized tests required for homeschoolers registered with a school program here in Alaska.
As someone who has assisted with standardized testing for homeschooled students in Alaska, I see many kids arrive with some anxiety over the test experience. The simple act of filling in bubbles on a test answer sheet can be foreign.
Thankfully, you can prepare your child for all the major tests with a single online subscription site…. TestingMom.com!
Using TestingMom.Com to Prepare Your Student for School Testing
My youngest son and I are currently digging around the TestingMom.com website. He still has a few years before testing becomes a part of his school year. So, now is the perfect time to start preparing!
We’ve been working through materials for 1st grade.
There are several groups of questions based on the subject matter with some subjects having multiple groupings. The one thing you do not want to do with your child is to overwhelm them with hundreds of questions in one setting.
Math is broken down into very manageable groups of about 25 questions. Working alongside my son, I could quickly see the gaps in his knowledge. As a homeschool mom, this is very helpful to know which areas need some attention.
Evaluating his reading comprehension required printing pages single sided so the excerpt can be laid alongside the questions. He did really well with this subject area and we are looking at trying the 2nd-grade material now.
TestingMom.com also has a section for interactive practice and games. Some of the linked sites are ones I have used while others were totally new to me. Older students can most likely dive right in by their interest. However, I took the time to help him find ones to try.
Not sure if this is a resource that would be beneficial to you? Read through their testimonials to see how TestingMom.com has helped other parents prepare their students for educational success.
Do your children feel underprepared for standardized tests?
How do you help them increase their chance for good or great test scores?