What to expect on testing day Be on time or be banished to the late testing room. You will stay there all day and you will have to stay later than all of your friends. Bring 2-3 wooden #2 pencils with erasers Bring a book to read No cell phones – cell phones may be confiscated if left on during testing (even during breaks or restroom visits.) No food
1. SCORES ARE PRINTED ON YOUR TRANSCRIPT 2. IT IS THE PRIMARY MEASURE OF A SCHOOLS PERFORMANCE & HOW WRHS IS JUDGED AGAINST OTHER SCHOOLS. 3. TEACHERS USE THE DATA FROM THE TEST TO DETERMINE YOUR PLACEMENT IN COURSES AND MONITOR YOUR GROWTH IN MATH, LANGUAGE ARTS AND SCIENCE. 4. FARMERS ALWAYS DO THEIR BEST! Why should you take the TCAP seriously?
ALL STUDENTS WITH PERFECT ATTENDANCE ARE ENTERED IN A DRAWING FOR MULTIPLE PRIZES, SUCH AS RESTAURANT GIFT CARDS! ALL STUDENTS WHO RAISE THEIR SCORES FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR BY ONE LEVEL OR MORE ARE ENTERED IN A DRAWING FOR BIG PRIZES, SUCH AS ROCKIES TICKETS AND BRONCOS PRIZES NEXT YEAR ! …and there are FABULOUS prizes!
PPARCS and the TCAP PREVIEW: Always read the directions carefully Read the questions carefully before reading the text Identify the bold words, words in italics, subtitles, captions, charts & graphs PREDICT: Based on the preview, what information will you be looking for? How will you need to answer the questions? ASK: Do you need to use specific details from the text to support your answer? Is the question an opinion question? Is the question asking for order of events? Is the question asking to use specific examples? What answers can you eliminate?
READ While reading, did you locate answers from previewing the questions? Did you underline important information? CLARIFY: Did you answer the questions thoroughly? Did you refer to the text when you did not understand the question? Did you write in complete sentences or complete paragraphs? Did you show your work when you were asked? SUMMARIZE: Did you do your best answering the questions in a thoughtful manner? PPARCS and the TCAP
TCAP Test-Taking Tips For Math 9 th & 10 th Grades
Subject - what test is likeExamples of subjects on Test and Testing TipsTime Allotted Math Three parts to the test, containing 60 multiple choice, 15 constructed response. Of the constructed response: 3 are extended (4 points) 6 are medium (3 points) 6 are short (2 points) Calculator is allowed on part 3. Cell phones are not allowed as a calculator. TI-84 calculators are allowed. Keyboard calculators are not allowed. Functions, Probability, Geometry, and Ratios 1. Pace yourself! Dont spend too much time on one problem. 2.Underline important words and numbers. 3. NEVER LEAVE ANYTHING BLANK! (CSAP graders are looking for your thinking. Write down any numbers, equations, or diagrams in the box that may help you with the problem. Even if its not the full answer, partial credit will be awarded). 4. Carry your calculator in your backpack at all times. Pull it out when directions state it. 5.Label all graphs (title, x-axis & y-axis, units) 6.Familiarize yourself with the protractor and ruler. 7. Watch for patterns, do mental arithmetic, be aware of units and include the units in the answer. 8. Explanations should be written in complete sentences/CSR (Complete Sentence Response)/CSIQ (Complete Sentence Including Question). 65 minutes for each test
Subject - what test is likeExamples of Subjects on Test and Testing TipsTime Allotted Writing 45 items: 40 are multiple choice 5 constructed response The constructed response includes: 1 plan (1 point) with extended writing (10 points) 3 paragraphs or short written responses (4 points each) Organize and write for a variety of purposes and audiences. Demonstrate knowledge of grammar. 1. NEVER LEAVE A WRITING PROMPT BLANK! CSAP graders are looking for your thinking. 2. For the paragraph responses (short constructed responses/SCRs) and for body paragraphs in the extended essay, follow these guidelines: The first sentence is a topic sentence or point. It should be written in a complete sentence/CSR (Complete Sentence Response)/ CSIQ (Complete Sentence Including Question). Provide at least two facts/pieces of evidence to support your point. 3. Use words you know how to spell. 4. Try to work up an interest in what youre writing. Make connections between point and evidence (explain). 5. Use at least 75% of the space provided. 6. When you see lines for writing, this indicates that you are to write a PEA (Point Evidence Analysis) style paragraph; the extended response, with pages of lines, indicates that you are to write a full essay, with an introduction, body paragraphs (PEA) and conclusion. 7. For the extended writing, write an outline or design a web on the planning page. If the planning page is not complete then the essay will NOT be graded. Do a plan, a map, a web, an outline, etc…whatever you would do for an essay in your English class. 60 minutes for each part
TCAP Test-Taking Tips for Reading 9 th and 10 th Grades
Subject - what test is likeExamples of Subjects on Test and Testing TipsTime Allotted Reading Three parts, containing 70 items - 56 multiple choice and 14 are constructed response paragraphs. Each constructed response is worth 4 points. Analyze main idea and supporting details. Determine meaning of words by using context clues. Make predictions, draw inferences and draw conclusions about a passage. 1. While reading, keep these things in mind: What is the passage about? Underline important words, or find a theme. You can often find the theme in the topic sentences of each paragraph or usually early in the paragraph. What are the details that support the main theme? What is the authors mood? Is the author humorous? Critical? Bitter? What is your own conclusion about the subject (what conclusion can you draw from what youve read?) What are the facts in the reading? The opinions? 2. Read or skim over the questions before reading the passage. 3. Be able to look at a word in a passage and determine its meaning using context clues (SAGE). 4. Be able to write a PEA paragraph using details from a reading. 5. Be able to identify literary terms in the reading (simile, metaphor, personification…) 6. Be able to identify the point of view (narrator) and the intended audience. 60 minutes for each part
Look at your CSAP scores from last year & Acuity B 1. What is your expected score/level in each area, based on the Acuity B report? Write this on the back of one of your goal sheets from last semester. (If you didnt receive these sheets, use a blank paper. CSAP SCORE & GROWTH ACUITY A & B (Acuity = reading) Tier 1 = unsatisfactory Tier 2 = partially proficient Tier 3 = proficient Tier 4 = advanced proficient
Set goals for your performance 1. Look at the goals you set for yourself earlier this year on the pink and green sheets. You set goals for yourself and described what you would do to improve your test scores. Did you do what you said you would do? Why/why not? 2. What are some last-minute things you can do to improve your score? 3. What can you do on testing days to help improve your score?
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