Best Methods for CTP Test Prep
The CTP 5 test is a paper-based test. CTP 5 is not one test, but a battery consisting of a series of multiple choice and open-ended question tests administered to groups of students over several days, either in spring or fall. Students in early grades take the test under untimed conditions and mark their answers in the test booklet. Students in the middle and upper grades take CTP 5 under timed conditions and mark their answers on a separate answer sheet. The time limits are generous, and all but a few students are able to complete the test in the time allowed. There is also an option for schools to include open-ended reading comprehension and mathematics questions in the test that provides full, partial, or no credit. There is no wrong answer penalty on the CTP 5 and CTP Online. Students are encouraged to answer every question.
The CTP (also known as CTP Online) is computer-based, contains a science sub test, and is also an adaptive test. Each CTP Online test consists of two parts: Stage 1 and Stage 2. For a specific content area, all students are given the same baseline questions in Stage 1. After completing Stage 1, students will proceed with question in Stage 2. These questions are based on his/her performance on the Stage 1 portion of the test.
Contact your school for testing dates and which CTP sub tests will be administered.
Verbal Content Categories/English Language Arts:
(Level 1 and Level 2)
|Vocabulary in Context|
(Levels 1 – 10)
|Vocabulary in Context (Levels 1-3)|
Reading for Understanding
(Levels 2 – 10)
Sentence Construction (Levels 7-10)
|Writing Concepts and Skills|
(Levels 3 – 10)
Purpose, Audience, and Focus
Style and Craft
(Levels 3 – 10)
(Levels 4 – 10)
|Numbers and Operations||Number Sense and Operations with Whole Numbers (Levels 1 – 4)|
Number Sense and Operations with Fractions and Decimals (Levels 3-4)
Number Systems and Theory (Levels 5-8)
Number and Number Relationships (Levels 5-10)
|Geometry||Geometry and Spatial Sense (Levels 1-10)|
|Measurement||Measurement (Levels 1-8)|
|Data Analysis and Probability||Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability|
(Levels 1 – 4)
Probability and Statistics (Levels 5-8)
|Algebra||Patterns, Functions, and Pre-Algebra (Levels 1-4)|
Pre-Algebra (Levels 5-8)
Algebra (Levels 9-10)
(Levels 3 – 10)
In an article entitled “Strengthening the Student Toolbox: Study Strategies to Boost Learning,” by John Dunlosky, American Educator, Volume 37, No. 3, the #1 most effective learning strategy is to do practice questions and practice tests that tap into the same content that is expected to be on the actual test. With over 5,700 practice questions for CTP on Testingmom.com, your child will have plenty of material to work with before taking the actual test. Here are some other tips that will help your child prepare for CTP:
- Do as many practice questions as you can – the more comfortable you are with the material, the more confident you will feel!
- Study in 25 – 30-minute chunks, then take a break. Your practicing is 100% effective at first, 20% effective after 30 minutes. By breaking, you’ll go back to 100% effective when you start again.
- There’s no penalty for guessing, so always make your best guess.
- To improve your odds of guessing right, eliminate answer choices that you feel are wrong before you guess.
- Watch out for “distractors” – answers that seem obvious but are incorrect.
- Read the instructions and the full question before answering. If there are charts or pictures that go with a question, look it over – it’s there for a reason.
- Don’t lose focus or get distracted by those around you.
- Manage your time – don’t rush, but don’t get stuck on one question either.
- If you suffer from test anxiety, use breathing techniques and positive self-talk to calm yourself.