In the age of high stakes test, the pressure to achieve has been put on our students and teachers. Parents you can help your child succeed by having your child regularly take practice tests at home. Learning how to take and beat tests is an essential skill for our students to master at an early age. I always tell the students "Right now you have to beat the MEAP test to get through elementary school, next it will be the ACT/SAT to compete for scholarships and college admissions, then the GRE for graduate school, or the LCAT for law school, or the MCAT for med school. Get use to these high stakes test because there are a bunch more to come."
I have found a list of some good standardized practice test books that would be great practice for students on a light homework night, a lazy weekend, or boring summer day. And as some of my students this year have taught me you don't have to stick to the grade that you are in, we have students challenging themselves already with 5th-8th grade reading and math tests.
Click here for a list of standardized practice test books.