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 I have decided that the testing has one benefit. . . that my kids get used to a "standardized" test because they will likely encounter them at some point.  I like that they get used to them in their own home, in a low stress environment, given by a mother that doesn't care what they score.  

 

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Yes, we just completed an assessment test.  I almost didn't do one this year, not really worrying about it, but DD1 was eager for a "real math test".  It had never occurred to me back when I started the thread that testing could be administered by the parent.  

 

So, ultimately I decided that would be the least intrusive.  

 

Yes, the trick was the format, getting her used to it, to multiple choice, etc.  The prompts often stated "Do you understand what to do?" and I took this quite liberally.  I helped her understand what was being asked, and while I didn't tell her the answers, I made sure she read over every option, and she caught herself many times in a hasty response.  The test seemed like an old one, and it seemed rather too easy for 2nd grade, but like you, I didn't get caught up in it.  All in all it was a positive experience, a good first introduction to school formats.  

 

We used the CAT5 Survey from the Family Learning Organization, what have you used and liked?  


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We used the CAT5 Survey from the Family Learning Organization, what have you used and liked?  

This last year I used the CAT survey from Seton for my oldest.  I used the PASS test from Hewitt Homeschooling Resources for my middle child.  The PASS doesn't have a time limit.  It also had a placement test for each subtest.  This was great because she was able to take a test that was challenging but not too hard.  It also helped her get used to the types of questions that would be asked.  She has test anxiety (perhaps from her brief public school experience?) and we are working on helping her through that.  Not having a timer was particularly beneficial for her.  With my oldest, I set the timer and administered it as closely to a "classroom" administered test as possible.  She was grade 7 last year so the SAT isn't too far away.  I want her used to a time limit.  The CAT was definitely WAY too easy for her.  Made me feel good, but it would have been nice to identify any weak areas. In that way the PASS was better.  Since she took the placement test first, the results showed her areas of strength and weakness.  It also showed her score compared to public school students and compared to homeschool students.  That was just interesting to me.  

 

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Timed test?  It was supposed to be timed?  :p  We did ours our 5 days!  (Shhhhh!!!!!)

 

I like the idea of a test that accommodates different levels.  Maybe next year.  


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Timed test?  It was supposed to be timed?  :p  We did ours our 5 days!  (Shhhhh!!!!!)

 

I like the idea of a test that accommodates different levels.  Maybe next year.  

 

​Ha!  Well, maybe the younger kids weren't supposed to be timed.  :-)


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