# 4th Grade Mathematics Standardized Tests: How to Prepare

Many states administer standardized math tests to 4th graders to assess their achievement based on the state standards. Keep reading for tips and strategies you can use to help your 4th grader prepare for his or her upcoming test.

### Research

The first step is to do a little research about the upcoming test. Visit your state's department of education website to find out when the test will be administered and what topics it will cover. In general, 4th graders will be required to multiply with multi-digit numbers, add and subtract fractions and classify shapes. To find out exactly what your child will be tested on, you can review your state's learning standards. You may also want to communicate with your child's teacher to find out what areas of math he or she is struggling with.

### Take Practice Tests

Practice tests are a great way for students to prepare for standardized tests because they give them a realistic idea of what to expect on the real test. Many states provide practice exams or sample test questions on the department of education website. You will likely find a printable, PDF test book with an answer key.

Because 4th graders may not be comfortable with taking a test for an extended period of time, it can be a good idea to simulate the testing experience at home. Create a quiet area that's removed from electronic devices, like televisions and computers. Then, administer the test to your child with a time limit. When correcting his or her work, be sure to look for patterns in the answers he or she gets incorrect so you can identify potential strengths and weaknesses.

### Review

After you've identified what areas your child needs to work on, create practice materials for him or her to complete at home. The Internet is a great resource for worksheets and online games; however, it's easy to create your own practice materials as well.

For instance, you could give your child 5-minute reviews every day before he or she goes to bed. Simply write down five questions on a piece of paper and have your 4th grader complete them. Alternatively, you could turn review into a game by writing math problems in the squares of a tic-tac-toe board. Before writing an 'X' or an 'O' on the board, you and your child must solve a math problem.

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