Teaching Test-Taking Skills

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The No Child Left Behind Act has standardized the proficiency requirements of students, thus challenging schools to teach, test, and be accountable for student mastery of the curriculum. Students no longer have the luxury of time to learn the mechanics of taking tests. As early as third grade, they not only must have acquired the knowledge of the material, they also have to perform on the tests that measure that knowledge. Dr. Guinevere Durham has spent 25 years researching, writing, and implementing a program that teaches test-taking skills to students. Teaching Test-Taking Skills is filled with strategies, techniques, and activities that have been proven successful in the classroom. It is practical, user-friendly, cost effective, and compatible with any curriculum. The test scores of students taught these skills are a true assessment of their potential.

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Editorial Reviews

Sister John Christian
A very well thought-out, thorough, and practical format that applies an age-old experience to the challenges of a changing world....[Teaching Test-Taking Skills] helps to create a brighter future to help students, teachers, and parents to see testing as a relevant activity in the academe, where change is both expected and admired.
Kendra Peebles
In today's world of high-stakes testing, this book offers practical advice for classroom teachers on how to get their students ready to be successful test takers. It is a welcome resource because it is written by a classroom teacher who has been successful using the methods and who knows what works for teachers as well as students.
Lynn S. Lilley
Student's will develop confidence in the test-taking experience with the use of the practical exercises outlined in this book. [Dr. Durham] touches on areas that need to be addressed in all subject areas and stresses the importance of support from teachers and parents. If my students were exposed to the methods in this book in elementary and middle school, then I wouldn't see the look of fear on their faces when I say, 'This is a test.'
Sister John Christian McCabe O.P.
A very well thought-out, thorough, and practical format that applies an age-old experience to the challenges of a changing world....[Teaching Test-Taking Skills] helps to create a brighter future to help students, teachers, and parents to see testing as a relevant activity in the academe, where change is both expected and admired.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578865734
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 1,037,254
  • Product dimensions: 0.29 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Guinevere Durham is a retired elementary principal with education and experiences as an elementary teacher, preschool director, mother, and grandmother.

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Table of Contents

Test-Wiseness: What, When, Why, and How     3
The Five Categories of Tests     6
Construction of Test Items     17
Weekly Format and Sample Lesson Plans     22
Techniques: Format Familiarity     29
Following Directions     33
Guessing: Narrow to Two Choices     40
Guessing: Judging Answers     45
Working Backward     48
Key Words     52
Selecting Multiple-Choice Answers     55
Pacing     61
Math: Key Words, Reading Signs, Estimating     66
Comprehension     73
Sequencing     77
Spelling     82
Maps, Graphs, Tables, and Charts     85
Social Studies, Science, and Reference Skills     96
Techniques: The Emotional Factor     99
Writing     104
Everyone's Role: Teacher, Parent, Student     112
Wind Down and Wrap Up     115
Definitions of Testing Terms     118
Sample Test Answer Sheet     121
Game Chart     122
Rules for Taking Tests     123
Suggested Weekly Lesson Plan     124
Daily Lesson Plan     126
Definitions of Test Directions     127
References     128
About the Author     129
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2008

    Teacher's helpmate

    I bought this book for my granddaughter to give to her 4th grade teacher for Christmas. I recently received this note from the teacher. 'I thank you for this wonderful tool to use with my 4th grade students. The activities are so user friendly and practical. My students like the activity F.O.C.U.S. and find it especially helpful on reading and social studies tests. I was enlightened with the chapter on following directions and have incorporated the information into my daily lesson plans. I thank the author and, again, I thank you.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2008

    A Must For High School Test Takers

    I bought this book for my daughter as she prepared for the SAT. It took her anxiety away and gave her multiple tips on how to approach the test and succeed. An easy read packed with very useful and practical test taking tips.

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