What does my child need to know for the test?
you’re worried about whether your child will be prepared for a standardized
test, you’re not alone. Parents frequently ask, “How do I know what will be
on the test?” Of course, you don’t and what’s more, you can’t. But there
are several ways you can get a sense of the types of questions on a standardized
test for your child’s grade level.
One good way
to learn more about the Terra Nova, the test WVHEA uses, is to take the tester
training class offered by WVHEA’s testing service (see box on the right for
information about tester training workshops). In the workshop you’ll receive
descriptions of the test objectives for each
grade, which can give you a sense of the areas covered by the exam.
Test prep books such as Scoring High on the Terra Nova can
provide practice with the sorts of questions that appear on the Terra Nova test.
Here are some online test prep resources:
Nova skills list and sample questions. Download a skills list for each subject area on the Terra
Nova and sample Terra Nova-like questions. www.epes.com/terra/terra.html Note:
Skills list and sample Westest items are also available:
Level Skills Help. Grade-specific
links to help K-8 students practice specific concept areas. www.internet4classrooms.com/grade_level_help.htm
Resources to help students practice skills required on various assessments. www.internet4classrooms.com/assistance.htm
offers Teaching Activities to support specific objectives. www.ctb.com/mktg/terranova/rpt_activities/additional_activities.jsp
offers practice tests, diagnostic tests, and skills improvement courses online
for grades 4-12, as well as college board practice tests, GED prep courses and
practice tests. Register for this free service at your local library and then
use it at home. Your username is your library card number and your password is
your last name. www.learnatest.com/LearningExpressLibrary