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Concerned About Your Child Passing the Texas TAKS Grade 8 Math Exam? Then You Need REA’s New Test Prep with CD-ROM! 
 
If you’re concerned about your child passing the Texas TAKS Grade 8 math exam, don’t worry. REA’s new TestWare® edition of our popular TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) Grade 8 Mathematics test prep helps students sharpen their skills and succeed on this high-stakes exam! 
 
Fully aligned with the learning standards of the Texas Education Agency, our test prep provides up-to-date instruction and practice eighth grade students need to improve their math abilities. The comprehensive review features student-friendly, easy-to-follow lessons and examples that reinforce the key concepts tested on the TAKS math exam, including: Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Probability and Statistics, and Word Problem applications.  
 
Ideal for classroom, group, or individual study, our tutorials and targeted drills increase comprehension while enhancing math skills. Color icons and graphics throughout the book highlight practice problems, charts, and figures. REA’s test-taking tips and strategies give students an added boost of confidence so they can succeed on the exam. 
 
The book contains three diagnostic tests that are perfect for classroom quizzes or homework, plus a full-length practice exam that allows students to test their knowledge and reinforce what they’ve learned. Our interactive TestWare CD features the book’s tests with automatic scoring, diagnostic feedback, and onscreen detailed explanations of answers, allowing students to focus on areas in need of further study. 
 
Whether used in a classroom, for group study, or individual review, this book is a must for any Texas student preparing for the TAKS math exam!
 
For 50 years, REA has been helping students study smarter and excel on important exams. REA’s test preps for state-required exams are teacher-recommended and written by experts who have mastered the test.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738606835
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association
  • Publication date: 2/4/2010
  • Series: Test Preps
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Age range: 13 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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SUCCEEDING ON THE TAKS—GRADE 8 MATHEMATICS  

ABOUT THIS BOOK AND TestWare®  
This book and the accompanying TestWare® provide excellent preparation for the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)—Grade 8 Mathematics. Inside you will find exercises that are designed to provide students with targeted instruction, practice, and strategies—all of it with a single-minded focus: success on the TAKS. 

We have also made every effort to make the book easy to read and navigate. This book is divided into several sections: 

• The first section contains three diagnostic tests, covering the areas of arithmetic, algebra, and geometry. Each diagnostic test consists of 25 questions with detailed explanations. 

• The second section contains six chapters, each of which is specifically designed to match an objective, as stated by the Texas Education Agency. Each chapter consists of illustrative examples and an in-depth review of all test topics. The material is fully aligned with the objectives created by the Texas Education Agency. 

• The third section contains two practice tests. Each practice test consists of  50 questions with detailed explanations. Each question is identified by the objective that it measures. These tests are also on the enclosed CD.  

• The fourth section contains a student score sheet that identifies the topic associated with each question of both practice tests. This score sheet can be used to help identify a student’s strengths and weaknesses. 

HOW TO USE THIS BOOK AND TestWare® 

FOR STUDENTS: You’ll find that our practice tests are very much like the actual TAKS 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. Taking the practice tests on your computer will help you with the timing on the TAKS test. 

FOR PARENTS: Texas has created grade-appropriate objectives that are listed in the table in this introduction. Students need to meet these objectives as measured by the TAKS. Our book will help your child review for the TAKS and prepare for the Mathematics exam. It includes review sections, drills, three diagnostic tests, and two practice exams 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 TAKS and its format. Begin by assigning students the diagnostic tests. An answer key and detailed explanations follow the diagnostic tests. Then work through each of the lessons in succession. When students have completed the subject review, they should move on to the practice tests. Answers and answer explanations follow the practice tests.  

WHY STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE THE TAKS  
In 1999, the 76th Texas Legislature mandated that the TAKS be administered beginning in the 2002–2003 school year. The broad objectives of the TAKS are “umbrella” statements for the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) that students must attain. Each of the six TAKS objectives applies to several TEKS student expectations. This book is designed to apply to both the broad TAKS and the individual TEKS student expectations.  

WHAT’S ON THE TAKS  
Nearly all questions on the Grade 8 TAKS Mathematics test are in multiple-choice format. Odd-numbered questions have answer choices labeled as A, B, C, and D. Even-numbered questions have answer choices labeled as F, G, H, and J. There are also a few grid-in questions in which students must write the numerical answer. The actual test will contain one or two questions of this nature.
The number of questions per objective is as follows:  
Objective 1: Numbers, operations, and quantitative reasoning 10
Objective 2: Patterns, relationships, and algebraic reasoning 10
Objective 3: Geometry and spatial reasoning 7
Objective 4: Concepts and uses of measurement 5
Objective 5: Probability and Statistics 8
Objective 6: Mathematical processes and tools used in problem solving 10
Total number of questions: 50 
 

TIPS FOR THE STUDENT  
Students can do plenty of things before and during the actual test to improve their performance. The good thing is that most of the tips described in the following pages are easy! 

Preparing for the Test 
Test Anxiety 

Do you get nervous when your teacher talks about taking a test? A certain amount of anxiety is normal and it actually may help you prepare better for the test by getting you motivated. But too much anxiety is a bad thing and may keep you from properly preparing for the test. Here are some things to consider that may help relieve test anxiety:  

• Share how you are feeling with your parents and your teachers. They may have ways of helping you deal with how you are feeling.

• Keep on top of your game. Are you behind in your homework and class assignments? A lot of your classwork-related anxiety and stress will simply go away if you keep up with your homework
assignments and classwork. And then you can focus on the test with a clearer mind.

• Relax. Take a deep breath or two. You should do this especially if you get anxious while taking the test.

Study Tips & Taking The Test  
• Learn the Test’s Format. Don’t be surprised. By taking a practice test ahead of time you’ll know what the test looks like, how much time you will have, how many questions there are, and what kinds of questions are going to appear on it. Knowing ahead of time is much better than being surprised. 

• Read the Entire Question. Pay attention to what kind of answer a question is looking for. Reread the question if it does not make sense to you, and try to note the parts of the question needed for figuring out the right answer. 

• Read All the Answers. On a multiple-choice test, the right answer could also be the last answer. You won’t know unless you read all the possible answers to a question.  

• It’s Not a Guessing Game. If you don’t know the answer to a question, don’t make an uneducated guess. And don’t randomly pick just any answer either. As you read over each possible answer to a question, note any answers which are obviously wrong. Each obviously wrong answer you identify and eliminate greatly improves your chances at selecting the right answer.  

• Don’t Get Stuck on Questions. Don’t spend too much time on any one question. Doing this takes away time from the other questions. Work on the easier questions first. Skip the really hard questions and come back to them if there is still enough time.  

• Accuracy counts. Make sure you record your answer in the correct space on your answer sheet. Fixing mistakes only takes time away from you. 

• Finished early? Use this time wisely and double-check your answers. 

Sound Advice For Test Day  
The Morning of the Test.   
Have a good breakfast. Dress in comfortable clothes. Keep in mind that you don’t want to be too hot or too cold while taking the test. Get to school on time. Give yourself time to gather your thoughts and calm down before the test begins.  

Three Steps for Taking the Test  
1) Read. Read the entire question and then read all the possible answers.  

2) Answer. Answer the easier questions first and then go back to the more difficult questions.  

3) Double-Check. Go back and check your work if time permits. 

Tips for Parents  
• Encourage your child to take responsibility for homework and class assignments. Help your child create a study schedule. Mark the test’s date on a family calendar as a reminder for both of you.  

• Talk to your child’s teachers. Ask them for progress reports on an ongoing basis.  

• Commend your child’s study and test successes. Praise your child for successfully following a study schedule, for doing homework, and for work done well.  

• Test Anxiety. Your child may experience nervousness or anxiety about the test. You may even be anxious, too.  
 
Here are some helpful tips on dealing with a child’s test anxiety:  

• Talk about the test openly and positively with your child. An ongoing dialogue not only can relieve your child’s anxieties but also serves as a progress report of how your child feels about the test.  

• Form realistic expectations of your child’s testing abilities.   

• Be a “Test Cheerleader.” Your encouragement to do his or her best on the test can alleviate your child’s test anxiety.  
 
 
 

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS 

ABOUT REA 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 

SUCCEEDING ON THE TAKS—GRADE 8 MATHEMATICS 
 About This Book and TestWare® 
 How to Use This Book and TestWare® 
 Why Students are Required to Take the TAKS 
 What’s on the TAKS 
 TAKS Mathematics Objectives 
 Tips for the Student

ARITHMETIC DIAGNOSTIC TEST  
 Answer Key 
 Progress Chart  
 Solutions  

ALGEBRA DIAGNOSTIC TEST  
 Answer Key  
 Progress Chart  
 Solutions  

GEOMETRY DIAGNOSTIC TEST  
 Answer Key  
 Progress Chart  
 Solutions  

Chapter 1: Numbers, Operations, and Quantitative Reasoning
  Integers 
  Subsets of Integers 
  Real Numbers 
  Rational Numbers 
  Irrational Numbers 
  Comparing Sizes of Numbers 
  Perfect Squares and Perfect Cubes 
  Exponents 
  Negative Exponents 
  Scientific Notation 
  Proportions 
  Direct Variations 
  Order of Operations 
  Word Problem Applications to Order of Operations

Chapter 2: Patterns, Relationships, and Algebraic Thinking 
  Constant of Proportionality 
  Linear Relationships 
  Word Problem Applications to Linear Relationships 
  Arithmetic Sequences

Chapter 3: Geometry and Spatial Reasoning 
  Cartesian Coordinate System 
  Transformations 
  Translations 
  Reflections 
  Dilations 
  Pythagorean Theorem 
  Pythagorean Triples 
  Word Problem Applications to the Pythagorean Theorem 
  Areas Between Two Geometric Figures 
  Net of a Cube

Chapter 4: Measurement for Geometry 
  Similar Triangles 
  Perimeters of Similar Triangles 
  Similar Quadrilaterals 
  Perimeters of Similar Quadrilaterals 
  Areas of Similar Figures 
  Areas of Similar Triangles 
  Areas of Similar Quadrilaterals 
  Prisms 
  Surface Area and Volume 
  Cubes 
  Triangular Prisms 
  Pyramids 
  Right Circular Cylinders 
  Surface Area and Volume of a Cylinder 
  Cones 
  Surface Area and Volume of a Cone 
  Spheres 
  Surface Area and Volume of a Sphere 
  Effect of a Scale Factor on a Geometric Solid 
  Nets

Chapter 5: Probability and Statistics 
  Pie Graphs 
  Bar Graphs 
  Histograms  
  Line Graphs 
  Distorted Graphs 
  Scatter Plots 
  Stem-and-Leaf Plots 
  Measures of Central Tendency 
  Range 
  Mean 
  Median 
  Mode 
  Percentiles 
  Quartiles 
  Box and Whisker Plots 
  Probability 
  Theoretical Probability 
  Probability Experiment 
  Sample Space 
  Basic Rules of Probability 
  Empirical Probability 
  Compound Events 
  Independent Events 
  Dependent Events 
  Sampling Techniques
  Random Sampling
  Systematic Sampling
  Stratified Sampling
  Biased Sampling
 
 
Chapter 6: Mathematical Processes and Tools in Problem Solving  
  Applications to Algebra
  Applications to Arithmetic
  Applications to Geometry
 
PRACTICE TEST 1 
ANSWER SHEET FOR PRACTICE TEST 1  
 Progress Chart   
 Solutions  

PRACTICE TEST 2  
ANSWER SHEET FOR PRACTICE TEST 2 
 Progress Chart   
 Solutions  

ANSWER SHEET FOR ARITHMETIC DIAGNOSTIC TEST 
ANSWER SHEET FOR ALGEBRA DIAGNOSTIC TEST 
ANSWER SHEET FOR GEOMETRY DIAGNOSTIC TEST 

INSTALLING REA’s TestWare® 

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