EOG Reading Comprehension for 6th and 7th Grade Students

The North Carolina End-of-Grade (EOG) tests measure the goals and objectives from the content standards developed by the state. This article will attempt to demystify the EOG reading comprehension test and help you understand what you can do to help your child prepare for it.

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Overview of the EOG Reading Comprehension Test

What Is the Purpose of the EOG Tests?

The EOG tests are designed to ensure that all children are learning the content presented in school. The tests also help educators determine the strengths and weaknesses of the educational program. Additionally, the tests are an indicator of where your child may need extra help, which allows teachers to target specific areas in their instruction. Early intervention for struggling readers is critical to future success in school.

What Is the EOG Reading Comprehension Test?

The questions are developed to assess your child's knowledge of the 6th and 7th grade language arts curriculum. The reading comprehension component of the EOG assessment includes passages from a variety of genres, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction and consumer texts. Students are asked to read a passage and answer questions about the content. Some of the questions ask students to define vocabulary in context as well.

Questions for both 6th and 7th grade students require multiple-choice responses. Your child will be asked to perform critical thinking skills, such as inferring information from the passage. For example, questions might include deciphering the main purpose of the selection, as well as deciding which answer is the 'most' correct.

Where to Find Sample Tests

If you want to help your child prepare for the EOG reading test, you may want to give him or her sample tests. However, your child may be receiving extensive preparation in class, so check with his or her teacher first to avoid over testing. The Public Schools of North Carolina website has past EOG tests for 6th and 7th grade available to download and print. You will also find an answer key and score conversion guide on the website.

Consider using tests from other states because most states share very similar core curriculum standards. EDinformatics has state tests from previous years that can be downloaded from its website. Answer keys are also provided.

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