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NY State Tests in ELA & Math
The New York State ELA and Math Common Core assessments are standardized tests administered each spring to public school students in grades 3 through 8. Scores from the 4th grade and 7th grade tests play a role in determining admissions to public middle and high schools.
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IS THE COMMON CORE FOR ME?
The first step along the Common Core testing path is deciding if it is in fact an optimal or pertinent exam for students. Most public school students in grades 3-8 are expected to take the Common Core ELA & Math exams, and we help families ensure that they are on the right path.
WHEN TO START PREP
Ideally, students have 2-4 months of consistent test prep leading up to their Common Core tests. The ELA and Math exams are usually a month apart. We are very careful to pace our prep programs properly, ensuring that students neither burn out or peak too early.
HOW TO SEQUENCE THE PREP
The first goal is to get students comfortable with the features, expectations and format of each section of the Common Core tests. We then move onto strategies, both in the realm of general test-taking as well as how to tackle particular question types. Lastly, we turn to content, and create personalized curricula for students to master. These elements come together during our practice tests, which allow students to refine their abilities in real time.
Our tutors are prepared to shape our Common Core program to fit every individual student’s learning and personality type. Our programs are malleable, and our 30+ years of experience has equipped us to lead every student towards achieving his/her personal best on test day.
We approach test prep from a child-centric perspective, and are sure to cater to the needs of the human we’re working with, not only the student. We don’t try to make a child’s life fit into a test prep program; we make sure that test prep fits comfortably into a child’s life.
As the test prep process proceeds, our eyes remain fixed on maximizing a student’s score on test day. However, there are a variety of test-taking skills and perspectives which will follow students beyond the day of the test. Our esteemed EF program is interwoven into our test prep, ensuring that students will gain lifelong skills on their way to achieving their optimal score. We'll help you change schools, and we might just change your life along the way.
FACTS ABOUT THE COMMON CORE TESTS
When and where can my child take the Common Core Tests?
The tests are given in a student's school, towards the end of each school year for all students in 3rd through 8th grades. The ELA test is held in later March / early April, with Math coming about a month later. Both tests are split over two days.
What are the tests like?
The ELA test consists of multiple choice, short answer, and extended response questions. All types of questions are based on reading passages, which consist of fiction, non-fiction, theatrical writing, poetry, and even recipes. Students are tested on their knowledge of structure, organization, theme, and symbolism, in addition to being expected to read accurately and find relevant information. The Math test also consists of multiple choice and extended response questions. The latter require students to show their work to obtain full credit. Each level of the math exam is related to that year’s Common Core curriculum.
How do I register?
Parents do not need to register their children. The tests are automatically given if your child attends public school.
How are the Common Core tests scored?
The tests are graded by licensed and trained teachers. The number of correct answers a student gives is converted into a “scaled score”. These scores divide students into four performance categories, with a score of 4+ being the highest level. Each family will receive a report of their child’s test performance from the Department of Education, and these reports will also be used by middle schools and high schools in admissions screening. For more detailed information on how the Common Core tests are scored, and what’s at stake in your child’s performance, please contact us.