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posted by Karen Quinn, The Testing Mom - May 6th, 2012 was recently featured in the Huffington Post, alongside an interview of CEO and co-founder Michael McCurdy conducted by education blogger C.M. Rubin. Michael explained his introduction to kindergarten-level testing, as well as why test preparation is so important in gifted program admissions, especially for the OLSAT® and Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test® (NNAT®).

Michael explained why it is important to have parental involvement in test prep at such an early age, and why incorporating real-life examples into a daily routine is more effective than hiring a tutor. These real-life examples help prepare children for the seven abilities measured by gifted testing: language, knowledge and comprehension, memory, mathematics, visual-spatial reasoning, cognitive skills, and fine-motor skills.

While tutoring can help a child become familiar with a testing setting, it may simply help a child “practice to the test,” rather than gain a full understanding of the concepts being tested; there have also been cases where a child passed a test but was unable to keep up with the pace and curriculum of a gifted program.

Testing Mom is reaching out to a wider global customer base by offering an extremely budget-friendly alternative to tutoring. Starting at just $19.99, parents are able to work one-on-one with their children to ensure that they receive the test preparation they need to succeed. It’s never too early to start preparing; Michael says, “…Even practicing five to ten minutes a day for several months ahead of the test will make a dramatic impact on their child’s test score.”

Michael first got involved with gifted and talented testing when his young daughter was tested at the age of 4 in 2009. He then started a very popular blog for NYC gifted and talented programs.

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