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SUCCEEDING ON THE TCAP
ABOUT THIS BOOK
This book provides excellent preparation for the TCAP Achievement Test, Reading and Language Arts. Inside you will find exercises designed to provide students with the instruction, practice, and strategies needed to do well on this achievement test.
This book is divided into several parts: a pretest, which introduces students to the sections on the actual test, including o short, long, and longer length reading selections o multiple-choice and extended-response questions o a writing exposition section
Following the pretest is a lesson section, which teaches students about the different types of TCAP questions on the reading test, step by step. Students will begin with shorter selections and easier questions and conclude each lesson by completing full-length selections and questions modeled after those on the TCAP. Answer explanations are provided for each question in each lesson. "Tips" are also given below each question to guide students toward answering the question correctly. Finally, this book includes a full-length posttest, which matches the TCAP test in terms of content.
Begin by assigning students the pretest, which is followed by answers and answer explanations. Then work through each of the lessons one by one. When students have completed the book, they should complete the posttest. Answers and answer explanations follow the posttest.
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
FOR STUDENTS: To make getting through the book as easy as possible, we've included icons shown on the next page that highlight sections like lessons, questions, and answers. You'll find that our practice tests are very much like the actual TCAP you'll encounter on test day. The best way to prepare for a test is to practice, so we've included drills with answers throughout the book, and our two practice tests include detailed answers.
FOR PARENTS: Tennessee has created grade-appropriate learning standards that are listed in the table in this introduction. Students need to meet these objectives as measured by the TCAP. Our book will help your child review for the TCAP and prepare for the Reading and Writing exams. It includes review sections, drills, and two practice tests complete with explanations to help your child focus on the areas he/she needs to work on to help master the test.
FOR TEACHERS: No doubt, you are already familiar with the TCAP and its format. Begin by assigning students the pretest. An answer key and detailed explanations follow the pretest. Then work through each of the lessons in succession. When students have completed the subject review, they should move on to the posttest. Answers and answer explanations follow the posttest.
WHY STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE THE TCAP
The TCAP measures the extent to which students are meeting the Tennessee State Curriculum Content Standards. Tennessee teachers and curriculum experts developed the TCAP in cooperation with the Tennessee State Board of Education. The reading test is given to students in Grades 4-8.
WHAT'S ON THE TCAP
The reading tests in Grade 8 are given in two 40-minute sessions. Each session presents reading selections with 32 questions. Reading selections on the TCAP can be fiction or nonfiction informational. Most reading passages are at or near grade level.
Most questions on the TCAP are multiple-choice. Both multiple-choice and open-ended questions are based on the Tennessee State Curriculum Content Standards, which are listed on the following pages. The first number on each standard refers to the grade level. The second number indicates the content standard number, and the third number is the performance indicator number.
Eighth graders will be asked to respond to an expository prompt. Students will have 35 minutes to respond to the prompt.