Best Test-Prep Methods for the Iowa Assessments® & the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills® (ITBS®)
Because the Iowa Assessments® and the ITBS® are used by homeschoolers, private schools, public schools and for gifted and talented programs to assess each student’s progress by age and grade level, we highly recommend using our Digital Tutor online interface to help your child practice. You can see how quickly your child completes each section and improves performance with practice. This is especially helpful as the test is timed. To help instill the skills your child will be tested for, we also have plenty of other fun and educational games you won’t find in schools or anywhere else online. All of these resources are included with a TestingMom.com Fast Track membership.
Ideally, students need 30-60 days to adequately prepare for an achievement test, like one of the Iowa tests. This allows them time for sufficient exposure to the different types of questions they’ll be asked for their current grade, age and subtest level.
Sample Practice Questions
3 Tips to Make Iowa Test Prep Fun
- Play timed games with your child – including video games. Hasbro’s original Perfection game is great for Iowa Assessments® and ITBS® because it teaches your child to match abstract and concrete shapes efficiently! This will come in handy on the mapping and diagramming subsections of the Iowa Test.
- Watch relevant game shows as a family, like Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! It may sound counterintuitive to suggest watching T.V. as a form of test prep, but Wheel of Fortune is a fun way to help younger kids pick up spelling and reading-comprehension skills. Additionally, Jeopardy! covers a broad spectrum of information about politics, science, social studies, nature and other trivia that may come up on Levels 9-14 of the Iowa Test. Seeing people clap, win prizes and have fun answering test-like questions can help instill a positive mindset whenever it’s your child’s turn to answer. This activity may even help your child to imagine that they too are on their own game show!
- Listen to audio books in the car or at home, especially during long drives or at dinnertime. Since listening, vocabulary and language skills are assessed at every level of the Iowa Test, playing audio books that feature fables, fairy tales and classic children’s literature (like The Velveteen Rabbit or Just So Stories) is a subtle way to fit Iowa test prep into your everyday routine. Your child is sure to enjoy this activity as special way to bond with Mom or Dad. Even book-averse kids will expand their vocabularies without even realizing it!
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A concern / question. My kids would be taking this test at the end of fourth grade (next year). What does this test cover in social studies and science? Thanks.