Citywide Test for 6th Graders: Prep Information

If your child is going into the 6th grade, then he or she may be required to take a citywide exam at some point during the school year. Keep reading to find out about citywide tests and how you can help your child get prepared.

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Getting Ready for the 6th Grade Citywide Test

What Are Citywide Tests?

Depending upon where you live, your 6th grader may have to take a citywide standardized test. One of the places where this type of exam is common is New York City. Typically, these exams are administered in order to track the students' achievement and progress, based on the state standards. In New York City, for example, 6th graders take exams in English and language arts (ELA) as well as mathematics.

Will My Child Take a Citywide Test?

Although citywide tests vary from community to community, many states require 6th graders to take some type of standardized test. You can find out for sure if your child will be taking a citywide test by asking his or her school.

Standardized tests are usually presented in a multiple-choice format and assess reading and math skills. For more information on what skills your 6th grader will be tested on, check the website of your state's Department of Education.

How Can My Child Get Prepared?

One of the best ways to help your child prepare for a standardized test is often by making sure that your 6th grader is succeeding in his or her classes throughout the school year. Stay in close contact with your child's teachers and other school employees, such as counselors and learning experts. Sit down with your child and help in any area you can.

When your child will be taking a standardized test soon, administer a practice exam at home. Simulate a testing environment by creating a quiet atmosphere and timing your child. Go over your child's answers with him or her and do your best to strengthen any areas in which your child is struggling. You can usually get practice tests from your child's school, your state's Department of Education or online.

What Resources Are Available?

In addition to helping your child prepare at home, there are resources at your disposal that can help ensure that your child does well on a standardized test. Check with your child's school and local youth, learning and community centers to explore your options. There are also non-profit organizations such as the YMCA and Campfire USA that may prove to be helpful.

Your 6th grader may need more personal help in order to improve his or her scores on standardized tests. A tutor can provide your child with individualized help, focusing on your child's strengths and weaknesses. Depending on the level of assistance that your child needs, consider private tutors, tutors who are employed by big, national companies as well as online tutors.

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