Is your child sitting for PSLE this year but you have no idea what to do? Or perhaps you are wondering how to help your child in Mathematics? There is a wide range of books out there and where should you start?
There are a lot diagnostic tools in the market, for- reading, confidence, competency, social abilities and so on. These tests are actually very useful in gauging your child’s understanding or ability in some knowledge or skill sets. In schools, they can be used to determine if a child needs extra assistance – in academics or behaviour. In Mathematics, a diagnostic test can measure a child’s understanding of the subject and then, for the child and parents, to work towards excelling and improving. At the end of a Mathematics diagnostics test, you can expect spotting:
- misconceptions in certain topics
- inadequacy for higher order questions, or
- missing certain required skills
To help your child effectively, how about doing a quick diagnostic test with Tutate to know your child’s focus area(s) in Mathematics?
1. What can you expect in the test?
Questions are carefully selected from different topics and varying levels of challenge, from the Mathematics syllabus taught up to P5, to do a holistic assessment on your child. The test should give you a “preview” of what has been covered and what your child is expected to know.
2. How does it work?
The layout is simple, clear and straightforward. There are 35 questions in the test. At every question, you will know exactly what your child is tested for as the question topic is indicated at the top. You should actually sit with your child to observe how your child handle each question. Did he/she frown after reading any question? If yes, why? Remember that this is a diagnostic test, so do not interrupt your child and therefore, the test results.
Every question is marked instantly after submission. Should your child choose to skip any questions, he/she can move on and come back. The table on the left indicates the completion progress of the entire test.
3. So what if your child’s answer is wrong?
No worries at all as all questions come with worked solutions after marking. And yes, you can learn at the side, too!
4. The results
First, did your child take a longer time at some questions? If yes, there is something you can take note of.
Then, the results! The results page shows the breakdown by topics. Your child’s performance for each topic is colour coded:
Green: Good performance!
Yellow: OK….Not too bad…
Red: Help needed!
You may also want to know, how your child is performing relative to the others who have attempted the questions.
5. What’s next?
Use the results to help your child work on the weak areas. You could consider:
- Focusing on weak topics
- Practising on more word problems
- Working to avoid careless mistakes
- Training on speed strategies
- Do nothing! (We know you won’t, right?)
This diagnostics test is just in time for the start of school term and is available free for students. You can visit https://tutate.com and start the test right away. Don’t stop right after the test and remember to make good use of the test results. Good luck for 2016!
Do you like the clear layout? Tutate has 15,000 questions, covering all topics for levels P1-P6. Let Tutate select the questions to practise for you. You can skip the hunt for assessment books or buying five books just so you can let your child practise the topic more!
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