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ELA Common Core Math Practice Questions

ELA Common Core Math Practice Questions

posted by Karen Quinn, The Testing Mom - September 13th, 2014

The ELA Common Core standards tests are right around the corner! Test prep can mean the difference between a student performing to their highest potential and a student earning an inaccurately low testing score. As a parent, you are in the best position to help your student prepare for the ELA Common Core standardized tests.

Experts have recognized for years that while math education in the United States is quite broad, it is not in-depth enough to give most students a working knowledge of each field studied. Instead, most students learn only the most basic concepts, often without fully understanding those concepts, and are then moved on to the next field required by curriculum standards.

Choosing Practice Questions

Selecting math practice questions for your child’s upcoming ELA Common Core tests is as easy as picking up their current math textbook. Testing is done on a yearly basis featuring age and grade-appropriate questions.

Creating math practice questions is quite simple. Each problem in your child’s textbook has the potential to be a practice question. Be sure to choose questions which touch on both broad concepts related to each field as well as some which require a deeper level of mastery. This method of selection will help to avoid the common issue of skipping over the surface of each mathematical field, which has led to so many students graduating with only vague concepts but no real working knowledge in many fields of math.

Comprehension is key. Whether or not your child can quickly solve each question is not nearly as important as whether they can correctly interpret precisely what the question is asking and produce a correct answer. Visit for some ideas on practice questions.

Administering Practice Questions

Wanting your child to succeed is normal. However, for many parents, this desire spirals into long hours of forced practice. It may seem as though the more practice hours you can squeeze into your child’s schedule, the better they will do on any test. In reality, experts recommend keeping a slow and steady pace when practicing. Children who feel a great deal of anxiety or pressure from their parents are likely to carry these traits in the classroom on testing day. While a small degree of apprehension is acceptable, the optimal attitude for testing is one of relaxation. A relaxed student nearly always scores more accurately in regard to their abilities, while an anxious student is more likely to earn an inaccurately low score.

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