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.

Find available tutors

How to Prepare Your 4th Grader for Standardized Math Tests


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.


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.

Did you find this useful? If so, please let others know!

Other Articles You May Be Interested In

  • More Blog Articles
    Gender Gap in Mathematics Achievement a Myth?

    For various reasons, it has long been believed that boys were better at math than girls. This might have been fueled in part by male dominance in professional areas that require math skills, such as engineering. But does this belief hold water? Not according to the most recent research.

  • More Blog Articles
    Elementary Math Help: Finding Mathematics in the World You Live In!

    Elementary students may think math is limited to the textbook and the classroom. But families and educators can find excellent math lessons by examing the world around them. Read on to learn more about finding mathematics in the world you live in.

We Found 7 Tutors You Might Be Interested In

Huntington Learning

  • What Huntington Learning offers:
  • Online and in-center tutoring
  • One on one tutoring
  • Every Huntington tutor is certified and trained extensively on the most effective teaching methods
In-Center and Online


  • What K12 offers:
  • Online tutoring
  • Has a strong and effective partnership with public and private schools
  • AdvancED-accredited corporation meeting the highest standards of educational management
Online Only

Kaplan Kids

  • What Kaplan Kids offers:
  • Online tutoring
  • Customized learning plans
  • Real-Time Progress Reports track your child's progress
Online Only


  • What Kumon offers:
  • In-center tutoring
  • Individualized programs for your child
  • Helps your child develop the skills and study habits needed to improve their academic performance
In-Center and Online

Sylvan Learning

  • What Sylvan Learning offers:
  • Online and in-center tutoring
  • Sylvan tutors are certified teachers who provide personalized instruction
  • Regular assessment and progress reports
In-Home, In-Center and Online

Tutor Doctor

  • What Tutor Doctor offers:
  • In-Home tutoring
  • One on one attention by the tutor
  • Develops personlized programs by working with your child's existing homework
In-Home Only


  • What TutorVista offers:
  • Online tutoring
  • Student works one-on-one with a professional tutor
  • Using the virtual whiteboard workspace to share problems, solutions and explanations
Online Only

Our Commitment to You

  • Free Help from Teachers

  • Free Learning Materials

  • Helping Disadvantaged Youth