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Information on the CTBS™ Test
posted by Karen Quinn, The Testing Mom - November 6th, 2014
The Canadian Test of Basic Skills™ (or CTBS™ test) is a test used commonly in Canada to qualify students for gifted and talented programs. Like tests in the United States, the CTBS test can be competitive and it’s important for children to feel prepared for the test lest they get blindsided by difficult questions.
The CTBS test is administered over multiple sessions to students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. The subtests given depend on the grade that a child is in. Children in grades K through 3.5 are given subtests in reading, vocabulary, word analysis, language, listening, sources of information, science, math concepts, math computations, and math problems. Kids in grades 3 through 8 take subtests covering reading comprehension, vocabulary, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, reference materials, usage and expression, science, maps and diagrams, math computation, math concepts and estimation, and math problem solving and data interpretation.
As with any test, it’s a good idea to start preparing early and to use a variety of different materials. The good news is that there are lots of materials out there for the Canadian Test of Basic Skills or CTBS test, so you and your child should mix it up by using a variety of different resources. Of course, workbooks and practice questions provide the most straightforward preparation for the CTBS test. At the same time, you don’t want your test prep to become too dry and boring, and you want to make the experience a fun one for your child. To that end, it’s a good idea to mix in some online games and other interactive activities that will help your child learn the underlying skills.
Even better, many of the subjects covered on the CTBS test are also subjects your child needs to know for school, so by preparing for the test your child will also be building a better foundation for school success!
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