North Carolina EOG: Third Grade Reading Test Info

If you have a third grader in North Carolina, it's likely that he or she will take an EOG (End of Grade) reading test. Since third grade is the first year students take the EOG, your child may need extra practice to get used to the testing format.

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What You Need to Know about the North Carolina EOG Test

Purpose of the EOG Tests

The EOG tests are used to help determine how your child mastering grade-level curriculum. If your child is struggling in reading, his or her test results will help school staff decide on a course of action, such as specialized instruction. The test results also help educators and parents assess the strengths and weaknesses of the educational program and take necessary action to improve it.

Language Arts Standards

In order to prepare for the EOG reading test, it's a good idea to understand what the test entails. Your child will be tested on the North Carolina language arts standards, which can be found on the Public Schools of North Carolina website. Your child will be gaining fluency skills by reading a variety of texts, such as short stories, fables, biographies and drama. More stress will be placed on applying strategies to reading and writing, such as interacting with the text before, during and after reading.

In addition, your third grader will be learning new vocabulary and grammar skills and applying them during reading and writing assignments. For instance, he or she will learn to decode words using prefixes, suffixes and root words. Additionally, grammar will focus on such skills as capitalization and subject/verb agreement.

EOG Third Grade Reading Comprehension Test

The EOG third grade reading comprehension test consists of reading passages followed by multiple-choice questions. The questions engage critical thinking skills, such as making inferences about information and selecting the 'best' answer. Children will also be asked to define vocabulary words in context from the reading passage. The reading passages consist of fiction, poetry and informational text, which is similar to what your child should have been exposed to in school.

Where to Find Sample Tests

The best way to help your third grader perform well on the EOG assessment is to encourage reading and discussions at home. You may want to check out sample tests available on the North Carolina website to understand the format and types of questions that will appear on the actual test. This will help you formulate your own questions when discussing your child's reading together.

Giving your child a sample test may be beneficial, but take care not to over test your child. He or she will probably be getting plenty of practice at school. In fact, third grade students will be given a pre-test in class to prepare for the actual EOG test.

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