4th Grade Standardized Test Practice

If your 4th grader is in public school, it's likely that he or she will be taking standardized tests at the end of the school year. Even many private schools administer these exams. Read on for information on how you can help your child be prepared.

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How Can I Help My Child Prepare for 4th Grade Standardized Tests?

Learn What to Expect

In most states, 4th graders take standardized tests near the end of the school year. These tests are typically designed around a state-designated curriculum, but some may be based on the Common Core Standards in math and reading (www.corestandards.org). You may want to consult the website for your state's department of education to find out what standards are used.

Most 4th grade standardized tests are presented in a multiple-choice format and cover math and reading. Some states may also require 4th graders to test in language arts, science and social studies. Check with your child's teachers to find out what he will be tested on so you can find appropriate practice resources to help him get ready.

Reading tests for 4th graders in most states include literary and informational passages followed by questions that test comprehension and vocabulary. Your 4th grader will be required to know how to perform several types of mathematical operations for the math test. Based on the Common Core Standards, these might include adding and subtracting multiple-digit whole numbers, finding the area and perimeter of shapes, multiplying fractions by whole numbers, solving word problems and working with decimals.

Be Involved

The best way for your 4th grader to prepare is by studying and completing all of her work throughout the school year. This will give her a solid set of skills and the necessary knowledge base when testing time arrives. If possible, make sure that she has a dedicated study space and a consistent homework schedule. Consult with your child's teachers on a regular basis, and get her the help she needs if she's struggling.

Give Your Child a Practice Test

Shortly before the test, give your child practice tests. These may be provided by his school, but you may also find practice tests online, including through your state department of education's website. When your child is taking a practice test, make an effort to simulate real test conditions by giving him a clean, quiet work area and timing each section. Go over your 4th grader's answers and help your child with his weakest areas.

Find Other Useful Resources

There are a variety of free websites with educational games, worksheets and activities. These resources can help your child practice different subjects at the 4th grade level. If your child needs extra help getting ready for standardized tests, consider taking her to a learning center or using a tutoring service.

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