Reading Test for Kids: How to Practice for a Reading Quiz or Test

If your child is taking a reading test or quiz, you may want to practice at home. The following article describes some methods you can use to help prepare your child for an important reading test.

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Ways to Practice for Reading Tests and Quizzes

Reading Readiness Tests

If your child is a beginning reader, you may want to consider giving him or her a reading readiness test. Many schools administer these types of tests to children and share the results with parents.

If you would like to do it yourself, you can print the Abcedarian reading test from the BalancedReading.com website. This test has several components that evaluate letter recognition, phonemic awareness, rhyming ability and other reading skills. Each section has instructions for administering, scoring and interpreting the test.

Standardized Reading Tests

Older children may need to practice for yearly standardized reading tests. You can ask your child's teacher about how he or she is preparing your child for the standardized test or you can consider having your child practice at home. Most state offices of public education encourage practice at home and have tests you can download from a website.

If you can't find a sample test on your state website, you can use released tests from EDinformatics, which has compiled standardized tests from every state. Since most states cover similar content and follow the same format, the tests are interchangeable.

Online Resources for Reading Comprehension Practice

If you'd like your child to practice more at home, the Internet offers a variety of sources for reading comprehension practice. For example, ReadTheory has reading comprehension activities for grades K-12 and uses short stories and informational passages geared to a wide range of abilities. In addition, Abcteach has reading comprehension worksheets and activities available on its website which you can use for test practice.

Reading Strategies to Practice at Home

You can help your child succeed on reading comprehension tests by encouraging him or her to ask you questions as they read. Asking questions about a text is useful for integrating information, identifying the main idea and summarizing information. This activity can be done with even the youngest readers by asking them to read labels and recipes.

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