8th Grade Reading Test Preparation Materials

Practice is the best way to ensure your 8th grader's success on state assessments in reading comprehension. Preparation can also increase your child's test-taking confidence on all standardized exams. To help your child prepare for reading tests, look for practice materials that target key areas of reading comprehension, including critical reading, context clues and making inferences.

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State Tests at EDinformatics

EDinformatics offers previous years' 8th grade state standardized tests that you can download and view. You can scroll through the list to find tests from your own state. Some state tests have only sample questions; however, you can access an entire test for states such as New York, Virginia and Texas. Some states also offer tests that can be taken and graded online for immediate feedback. A parent's guide provides links to each state's curriculum and instructional frameworks so you can check subject area standards.

FCAT Express Activities

FCAT Express has resources for teachers, which you can use to help your child prepare for the 8th grade Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) in reading. In one activity, kids practice multiple-choice questions along with short and extended response questions. Use the scoring rubric to grade your child's responses. Another section has actual practice tests for 8th grade reading. Sample answers are given so you can grade your child's work.

The reference section has teaching strategy links to resources that you can use to learn more about reading instruction. Activities use graphic organizers and other methods to teach students strategies such as how to spot a problem-solution structure in a story, in which a problem is introduced, actions to solve the problem are described and the results of those actions are shown. Students can also learn how to preview a text and predict word meanings.

8th Grade Activities at TeacherVision

TeacherVision has printables, lessons and activities to help with reading comprehension. There are worksheets and activities on summarizing, denotation, connotation, inference and problem solving. The story elements activity will help your child understand how reading material is organized. Visualizing activities are also available, which help troubled readers create pictures in their head while they read text. In the activity called 'A Map to Organization' kids use a graphic organizer to explore plot development.

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