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How to Prep Students for the Math Test in Just 10 Minutes a Day

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When it comes to math test prep, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. There are SO MANY math standards and it often feels impossible to cover them all in depth before the big test. Between small groups, math centers, and whole group instruction, it’s hard to even know where to fit in test prep!

I knew I needed to do something different this year. I wanted a way to prepare my students for the math test that was both simple and effective. That’s why I created this Math Review & Test Prep booklet. It’s designed to cover ALL the grade-level math standards multiple times while giving students a chance to practice their math skills in a low-stress environment.

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Make Math Test Prep Part of Your Daily Routine

The best way to ensure your students get the practice they need is to prioritize your test prep time. I set aside 5-10 minutes at the beginning of my math block that is reserved for working through the math review booklet. This is protected time: we do it everyday, no matter what. Most students can complete 5-6 problems during this time.

Next, we go over the answers for that day’s work. This is a chance for students to ask question and clarify their understanding. Sometimes, I allow a student to share their work for the class. However, if many students struggled with the same problem, I model how to complete step-by-step. (I also make a note of these skills to reteach at a later time.)

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Prep Students Using a Format Similar to the Math Test

It’s important to think through the best format for math test prep. Depending on how your state or district assessment is given, you may need to switch up the way you usually practice the math.

Typically, state tests require students to complete a bubble sheet and do their math work on a separate sheet of paper. This can be a difficult skill for students. Learning how to work on one sheet of paper and accurately transfer the answer to the bubble sheet is a skill that must be practiced before the test.

If students will be completing testing online, they must learn to navigate the testing program as well. Check to see if your state offers an online practice test so students can gain familiarity and confidence using the software.

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Track the Data to Fill in Gaps

After students complete their math test prep, don’t stop there. Use the data to guide your instruction. I created a Data Tracking Sheet that correlates with all the questions in my math review booklet. Students color the questions they got correct with a green pen, and color incorrect questions with red. This allows students to self-assess their work, tracking their strengths and weaknesses. At a glance, students can see which skills they have mastered and which skills need more practice.

Additionally, I gather the data of my class as whole. I can flip through each data tracker and make a list of standards and skills to reteach and review. If there are just a small group of students who need to work on a skill, I pull an intervention group. This way, I can fill in the gaps before the big test.

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All my Math Review & Test Prep booklets have 100 math questions that focus on specific CCSS-aligned math skills. It’s also fully editable in both the printable version and the digital Google Slides version. Plus, tutorials are included to make assigning, editing, and using this resource super simple and user-friendly.

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April Smith

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