3rd Grade EOG Test Information

Tests are administered to children at the end of the 3rd grade in many states, but in North Carolina this examination is called the EOG (End-of-Grade) test. Keep reading to find out more about this test, and how you can help your child prepare to take it.

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Preparing Your Child for the 3rd Grade EOG Test

Getting Started

When 3rd graders take the EOG test, they are questioned about the material that the state expects them to know by the end of the school year. Monitor your child's studies throughout the year so that he will have no catching up to do. Then, you may want to read through the state standards yourself, which are described in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. When you review the standards, look for skills that your child needs extra work on. Then, take the time to sit down with your child and help her improve in those particular areas.

How to Help Your Child Get Ready for the Test

The 3rd grade EOG exam is divided into reading and math sections. Each section has subsections that your child will be tested on. For example, the reading section has subsections that focus on literary works such as fiction, literary nonfiction and poetry. The reading section also has subsections that test students on how well they comprehend informational reading material, such as a set of instructions or a passage about a subject in science or nature. The math section contains two parts, one where a calculator is necessary and another in which students must solve the problems on their own. The questions cover numbers and operations, measurement, geometry, data analysis and algebra.

Once you know what your child needs to work on, you can select appropriate activities that will help him prepare for the test. Many educational websites offer study tips and ideas. You should be able to find a variety of standards-based activities that will enable your child to practice most of the skills that are tested on the EOG exam.

Administering a Practice Exam

Shortly before the EOG, you can give your child an official practice test. Your child's school may be able to provide you with practice tests as well as tools you can use to help your child study. The Public Schools of North Carolina division of the State Board of Education also provides practice tests. Simulate the test environment by giving your child a quiet, clean workspace and an uninterrupted block of time. Correct her exam and go over the mistakes with your child. Administer another practice exam and do the same.

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