Learning Testing Vocabulary Can Boost Scores

Learning testing vocabulary and keywords used on standardized tests can give scores an added boost. So put them on a word wall and let the fun begin! You'll be glad you did because focusing on those critical testing words can improve your students' scores on state tests.

Let's face it. None of us like standardized testing. But since we have to do it, we need to prepare our kids, and a word wall of testing vocabulary and keywords is a good place to start.

It's all about the language, and standardized tests have their own special words and catch phrases. Placing these words on a word wall and practicing them before the test can make a big difference.

Neuro cognitive schools experience an increase in test scores by doing just that, says Dr. Fritz Mengert of Neuro Cognitive Application Protocols. "When vocabularies are improved students have a greater range of knowing. That plus….knowing words improves question reading which improves answer giving."

Being familiar with the vocabulary may also lower the level of stress which is particularly important for third graders who are generally taking these tests (regrettably) for the first time.

By playing sight word games and participating in a rich assortment of word wall games and activities, students can become comfortable with testing vocabulary, especially those kids who are right on the borderline.

An Academy for Borderline Students

Four to six weeks before testing begins, consider holding a special Academy for the borderline kids. In North Carolina, our state test is the EOG (End of Grade) so I called the one I did for third graders an "EOG Academy."

I made a list of testing words from released test items from our state, wrote them on cards, and created a word wall which we used to practice and learn the words. I made a duplicate set of cards so we could use them to play card games as well.

Practicing testing vocabulary may boost scores on state tests.

Physical Coordination Exercises

In the Academy we worked on physical coordination as we were learning testing sight words. Students loved to read words from the wall while jumping rope. They also enjoyed playing our Skipping Game and bouncing balls on the words as they read them in Word Wall Relays

Subjects and Predicates

Another Academy activity was practicing subjects and predicates to improve comprehension.

The reading passages for many state tests appear to be very long to most children. If they do not understand what they are reading, they typically abandon the passages altogether and skip to the questions, attempting to answer them without having read the passage. (Never a good idea!!)

Practicing basic subjects and predicates not only improves comprehension of these passages but also improves comprehension of the questions themselves. There is a lot of reading in math tests, too, so this activity can help in all areas of the test.

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