Bright Kids NYC Releases 3rd and 4th Grade Common Core ELA/Math Practice Tests

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With the new Common Core changes to the NY State ELA/Math tests, the difficulty of the tests has substantially increased from the previous years. Preparation is crucial for these exams, as they are used for admissions into some of the specialized middle schools in NYC. Bright Kids is pleased to announce its new ELA/Math Practice Tests to alleviate the difficulty of preparing for the exams.

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Bright Kids NYC is pleased to announce the addition of ELA/Math publications to its growing list of test preparation material. Bright Kids NYC is pleased to announce the addition of ELA/Math Practice Tests to its growing list of test preparation material, which includes practice tests for the ERB, OLSAT, NNAT, CogAT, and more. The objective of the Bright Kids NYC ELA/Math Practice Tests is to expose the student to test material in order to improve overall test-taking ability and help prepare him or her for the actual test.These publications complement the Bright Kids ELA/Math tutoring programs such as the Spring Break Intensive Program.

The ELA and Mathematics exams are standardized yearly assessments of the language arts and mathematics abilities of students in grades 3-8. They involve three days of language arts followed by three days of mathematics testing and are administered by the New York State Testing Program. Students spend 175-180 minutes on the Language Arts exam and 170-180 minutes on the Mathematics exam throughout the course of six days. The amount of time allocated for each section depends on the student’s grade (younger students take a slightly shorter exam as outlined in the sections below). The ELA exam takes place from April 16-18; the Math exam this year takes place from April 24-26.

The 3rd and 4th grade NY State Common Core ELA Practice Tests accurately reflects the format and content of the NY State ELA Test. They contains 11 reading passages with 37 multiple-choice questions, 8 short-response questions, and 2 extended-response questions. The 3rd and 4th grade NY State Common Core Math Practice Tests contains 61 multiple-choice questions, 5 short-response questions, and 3 extended-response questions.

With the incorporation of the common core, the tests are harder than in the previous years. Answers must be richer, more text-based and more in-depth. The math is more focused. Writing in response to text is a larger component. The texts themselves are authentic, published literary or informational works; they are no longer commissioned works written by test-makers. The Common Core is meant to make the exam harder for students, the logic being that raised expectations might result in raised performance in school.

Bright Kids has integrated these new changes into their publications as well as tutoring sessions, creating the best quality ELA/Math preparation currently available. The scores your child achieves on these exams will take on especial importance as often certain preliminary scores are necessary to enter the admissions process for many Specialized Middle Schools, such as: Anderson Middle, NEST+m, Lab, Mark Twain, Millenium, Delta, East Side, Salk, Hunter College High School. Bright Kids has a track record of success and looks forward to helping students and families succeed in their education.

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