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Gruber's Essential Guide to Test Taking: Grades 6-9

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THE BEST PRACTICE PLUS COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGIES FOR STRONGER TEST SCORES

With or without No Child Left Behind, test taking is more important than ever at even younger ages. A must for parents helping their children understand the important thinking strategies in all test-taking areas, Gruber's Essential Guide to Test Taking: Grades 6-9 helps them realize their child's true potential.

Using the exclusive Gruber methods, this book will give ...

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Overview

THE BEST PRACTICE PLUS COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGIES FOR STRONGER TEST SCORES

With or without No Child Left Behind, test taking is more important than ever at even younger ages. A must for parents helping their children understand the important thinking strategies in all test-taking areas, Gruber's Essential Guide to Test Taking: Grades 6-9 helps them realize their child's true potential.

Using the exclusive Gruber methods, this book will give parents and teachers strategies to "nip in the bud" any faulty thinking approaches when it comes to education and testing, and enforce the correct approaches.

Dr. Gruber's methods are a true confidence developer for children. Parents often say when working with these books with their children that they wish they would have been exposed to this material when they were in school.

WHAT THE MEDIA IS SAYING
"Dr. Gary Gruber has developed a method that will raise students' test scores by sharpening their thinking skills." —Boston Globe
"His methods make the questions seem amazingly simple to solve." —Library Journal
"Dr. Gruber is recognized nationally as the leading expert on the SAT and originator of the critical thinking skills necessary for use on standardized tests. His results have been lauded throughout the country and his personal presentation of his methods spreads 'contagious enthusiasm' like an epidemic with his audiences." —PBS

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402211843
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Series: Gruber's Essential Guide To... Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 749,648
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary R. Gruber holds a Ph.D. in physics and has worked as a N.A.S.A. fellow, editor, public relations director, and professor in the United States and abroad. Currently a developer and producer of learning and testing programs, he is widely recognized as the leading expert on standardized test and originator of the critical thinking skills used for them. He has authored 35 educational books.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to Parents
A Word About the Psychology of Working with Your Child
What Parents Should Know About Standardized Tests
Four General Test-Taking Skills

VERBAL STRATEGIES
Analogies
Analogy Strategy: Always Put Analogies in Sentence Form
Most Common Types of Analogies
Practice Exercises and Explanatory Answers

Vocabulary
Vocabulary Strategy 1: Learn Prefixes and Roots
Vocabulary Strategy 2: Learn Suffixes
Essential Word List for Grades 6, 7, 8, 9

Sentence Completions
Sentence Completion Strategy 1: Try All of the Choices
Sentence Completion Strategy 2: Look for Clues and Key Words
Sentence Completion Exercises and Explanatory
Answers

Reading Comprehension (Two Strategies)
Reading Passages, Questions, and Explanatory Answers

Writing Ability
Spelling
Punctuation and Capitalization
Grammar and Correct Usage
Choosing the Right Word
Diction, Style, and Sentence Structure
Logic and Organization

MATH STRATEGIES
A Note to Parents

Basic Math Strategies
Math Strategy 1: Know How to Approach Solutions to Math Questions
Math Strategy 2: Use Math Symbols for Words
Math Strategy 3: Know When and How to Approximate
Math Strategy 4: Reduce or Simplify Before Calculating
Math Strategy 5: Start with Last Choice When Testing Choices
Math Strategy 6: You Don't Always Need a Complete Solution
Math Strategy 7: Know How to Work with Problems Dealing with Averages
Math Strategy 8: Label Sides, Angles, Etc., with Numbers or Letters
Math Strategy 9: Subtract Knowns from Knowns to Get Unknowns

Quantitative Comparison
Quantitative Comparison Strategy 1: Cancel Quantities Common Both Columns
Quantitative Comparison Strategy 2: To Simplify, You Can Multiply, Divide, Add, or Subtract the Same Number in Both Columns
Quantitative Comparison Strategy 3: Use Common Sense to Answer Questions
Quantitative Comparison Strategy 4: Try Numbers for Variables/Try to Get Different Comparisons
Math Refresher/Review (Essential Math Skills)
Math Words, Concepts, and Rules Your Child Should Know
Math Shortcuts Your Child Should Know
The Thirty-two Basic Math Problems for Grades 6, 7, 8, 9

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2008

    Best Book I've Seen for Test Taking for Kids

    This book is a must for helping your child be a super test-taker and critical thinker at an early age. I was amazed at what I myself had learned from this book and strategies I never before learned in all my schooling.My son is indeed lucky to have this book. Thank you, Dr. Gruber for creating such a great work!

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