5th Grade TAKS Test: Everything Your Fifth Grader Needs to Know

The 5th grade TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) is a standardized test that is administered to 5th graders in Texas. Keep reading to find out what you need to know to help your child prepare.

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How to Help Your Child Prepare for the 5th Grade TAKS Test

What's the 5th Grade TAKS Test?

The 5th grade TAKS test is administered to assess your child's skill level in reading, math and science. The multiple-choice test questions are based on the Texas learning standards, which are called the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills). By reviewing the TEKS, you can determine what information your child needs to know when taking the TAKS exam.

How Can I Prepare My Child throughout the School Year?

If your child studies and consistently does well on his or her homework and tests, then he or she will already be nearly prepared when it comes time for the TAKS exam. Provide a supportive, uncluttered, scheduled learning environment at home. Closely monitor your child's progress by speaking with his or her teachers and by looking at your child's work. Pinpoint the areas where your child needs the most help and focus your efforts there.

How Can I Help My Child Prepare Before the Test?

The Internet can be a great resource for you and your child because you can find practice materials for your child from a number of websites, such as free reading assessments. You'll also be able to find many helpful sites for 5th grade science and math. Go over these materials with your child on a regular basis in the months leading up to the test.

Shortly before the TAKS exam, your child should complete some practice tests. You should be able to get them either from your child's school or the Texas Education Agency. Try to simulate the test environment by providing your child with a clean, quiet workspace and an uninterrupted block of time.

Why Is the TAKS Test Important?

Your child's scores on the TAKS test let you and your child's teachers know if he or she has mastered the necessary 5th grade skills and is ready to move up to the 6th grade. It's important for your child to do well on the TAKS test to ensure that he or she doesn't struggle in the 6th grade. Your child's scores on the TAKS also indicate if he or she needs extra services. If your child has a very high score, he or she may qualify for gifted classes. If your child struggles with certain subjects, he or she may need extra instruction.

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