4th Grade Reading Test Information

In 4th grade, your child may take reading tests based on novels and reading comprehension as well as a yearly standardized test based on state curriculum standards. Keep reading to learn how you can help your child prepare for any reading test.

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Overview of 4th Grade Reading Tests

Literature Reading Tests

You can help your child prepare for tests on books by initiating some reading strategies at home. To make sure that your child is keeping up on the reading, you may want to pick up a copy of the novel yourself and discuss the chapters together. This approach may help your child feel better prepared for class discussions. Having consistent discussions and reviewing selected homework may also help your child prepare for the test.

Another option is to listen to your child's novel together. Longer car rides and walks provide a good opportunity to make use of free time for reading. Some 4th grade literature books are available on audio and can be borrowed from the library. You can also obtain free mp3 downloads of passages from many classical children's books from a website called Lit2Go. The passages are categorized by grade level, genre and author. Many passages also include a related reading strategy.

General Reading Assessments

General reading assessments may be given to your 4th grader to determine progress in specific areas, such as comprehension, inference, and summarizing. For reading assessment tests, you may want to browse the many websites devoted to helping parents support their children's reading.

For instance, such websites as Scholastic's Stacks and ReadWriteThink offer worksheets, games and other activities covering all aspects of reading comprehension. For example, ReadWriteThink offers book report forms and a charting activity that kids can use to track their reading.

Standardized Reading Tests

As for standardized tests, most state education agencies offer sample tests and questions on their websites. For more practice, consider using a released test from another state. The FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Academic Test) maintains a website designed to help you prepare your child for the test. Since most states follow a similar reading curriculum, their practice tests are interchangeable. In addition, EDinformatics is a website offering previous standardized tests from all states. A few can even be taken online.

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