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Succeeding on the NJ ASK Grade 5 Language Arts Literacy Test
This book holds the keys to your success on the NJ ASK Grade 5 Language Arts Literacy Test. Here you’ll find everything you need to succeed, including:
• Focused subject review
• Many examples to reinforce your mastery in each content area
• Two full-length practice tests in the same format as the actual test
We encourage you to work through the book from front to back. Some areas may be newer to you than others. Still, by the end of each section, you will have a good idea about where you need to put in more time and what you are comfortable with for test day.
USING THIS BOOK
This book focuses on reading and writing instruction and practice. There are two lesson sections:
Chapter 2: You will find assorted reading skills and passages within this chapter. Each skill has two practice activities. One activity will focus on open-ended or paragraph responses. The other activity will focus on multiple-choice, matching, or fill-in-the-blank type answers.
Chapter 3: You will find various writing prompts and tips within the writing portion of this section. The chapter starts off by explaining the two types of writing you will need to respond to in a timely fashion. Next, a prewriting section is introduced with an opportunity to practice organizing your thoughts and ideas. Here we give you a brief outline about how you can set up your writing. This chapter concludes with a brief instruction on how to revise and edit your writing piece.
Finally, this book concludes with two full-length practice tests mirrored from NJ ASK Grade 5 Language Arts Literacy tests from previous years. Following each test, we provide you with answers and complete explanations.
WHAT’S ON THE TEST
The New Jersey Department of Education sets the following goals for the NJ ASK testing program:
• To measure and promote student achievement of challenging state curriculum standards
• To provide accurate and meaningful information about student performance
• To meet state and federal accountability requirements
The format of the test for Grade 5 includes two days of Language Arts Literacy assessment. There are three reading passages at grade level for fifth grade students to read, analyze, and answer questions based on the reading. Sometimes you will need to draw on personal experiences. The reading passages you will encounter are both fiction and nonfiction, ranging from literary and informational to everyday text. Expect a wide range of genres and sources for each selection.
The writing portion of the test will focus on two types of writing: expository and speculative. Writing tasks require students to respond in a variety of modes and forms for a variety of purposes. Some may present a brief scenario for an imaginative story, while others may ask students to reflect on a personal memory, time, and place. Students will be given 30 minutes to respond to the writing task. Further explanation of writing tasks can be found in Chapter 3.
All practice test questions are based on NJ ASK Grade 5 Language Arts Literacy Content Clusters and Skills.
PREPARING FOR THE TEST
Tips for Teachers
As with most standardized testing, students may feel an overwhelming sense of anxiety. As teachers, we must remind students that there is nothing to be nervous about. Using this book will guide you in working on and monitoring the progress of each child. Preparing students with time management skills and reviewing the work they’ve completed will give them the confidence they need to succeed on the NJ ASK.
Here are a few reminders for your students to help make the testing experience easier.
1. Get a full night’s sleep before testing.
2. Eat a good breakfast so he/she has plenty of energy.
3. Dress comfortably.
4. Get to school on time.
Tips for Parents
Students work hard all year long on being organized, using their time wisely and being responsible for their school work. Reminding them to use those skills on the test will reinforce the notion that hard work pays off. Prior to the test, stay in close contact with your child’s teacher so that you know what skills need more reinforcement. Provide a nurturing learning environment for homework and projects and commend your child on his/her hard work and dedication.
Here are a few important reminders to give your child for test day.
1. Pay close attention to the directions given by your teacher. If you don’t understand, it is important to ask for help.
2. Answer the questions that are easy first, then go back to work on the more difficult questions.
3. Work at a steady pace – don’t rush.
4. Write answers neatly.
5. If you have extra time, go back and check your work.
6. Only change an answer if you are sure it is wrong.
Thank you for helping to provide your child with a successful NJ ASK experience!