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Ages 7 to 10, grades 1 to 4

Ages 7 to 10, grades 1 to 4

The Junior Elementary Series Test was designed to assess educational progress in the materials that are normally taught to early elementary school students in the U.S. This test was developed for parents and tutors who wished to assess the development of basic educational skills, so that the early learning process could be optimized (seven basic areas are reported). These tests have been administered for many years to thousands of students, and are calibrated against normal age and grade performance levels. Results are kept strictly confidential!

This test is available in three versions. Version A should be taken the first time, followed by Version B the second time, and then Version C the third time. Rotating these versions gives variety to the student. The results of the three versions can be compared to chart the students progress.

Categories of knowledge covered

About test conditions and results

Frequency of testing

Using test results wisely

Test samples:

Reading Comprehension Questions

Language Arts Questions

History Questions

Math Questions

Science Questions

Geography Questions

Writing and Spelling Questions

Creativity Questions

Test Results

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Categories of knowledge covered

Junior Elementary Series Tests are directed at the following categories of academics:

Basic Math
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Measurements
  • Graphs
  • Roman Numerals
  • Time
  • Story Problems
  • Rounding

Language Arts

  • Contractions
  • Plurals
  • Capitalization
  • alphabetizing
  • Vowel Recognition

Reading Comprehension

Basic American History

Basic Geography

Basic Science

  • Astronomy
  • Physics
  • Earth Science
  • Botany
  • Physiology
  • Zoology

Writing

Drawing

Creativity

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About test conditions and results

Caution should be used when administering tests to young children, so that they don't become frustrated! If children find it difficult to stay on task: work with them; read to them; take the test in small steps; and where possible, make it fun! At the end of the test, parents or teachers can describe the testing conditions to help graders interpret results.

Academic Readiness Skills Inventory:

The test can be used to inventory student skills by simply ignoring the time limits and spending as much time as necessary to try to solve all problems. By this means it becomes possible to more accurately assess in which areas a student is developing and which areas need work.

Grade Level Performance:

When time limits are observed, the test results will show the students overall grade level academic performance. Sub-category scores will help evaluate strong and weak performance areas.

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Frequency of testing

For optimal learning, beginning and end of year testing should be performed. This permits readiness assessment and performance tracking. At these early ages and due to the nature of the test,"learning to the test" is not a big problem, so the same test may be reused repeatedly. When performance maximizes on this test, switch to the Senior Elementary Tests. We are trying to keep the costs down, so that frequent testing is possible; but if frequent testing isn't economically feasible, we still recommend at least annual testing. Remember: Testing keeps students focussed and can result in doubling or tripling the learning rate!

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Using test results wisely

Remember, these tests are really evaluating the learning process. The teacher, the student, the materials, and the environment all figure prominently into the success of the learning process! Testing lets the teacher know if the student is being successfully reached. Avoid the temptation to beat up on yourself or others (as the teacher or student). If something doesn't work, try something else. Check out our education site for ideas: www.CERlink.com.

Absolute scores tend to indicate overall subject mastery, where 100% tends to indicate full mastery or at least the ability to master quickly. Absolute scores also allow comparison of one's mastery of a subject to that of others. These scores can help to determine the level of difficulty of curriculum materials to be employed, such as reader grade level, or to gauge if prerequisite knowledge is present to study advanced topics, such as basic math in preparation for algebra.

As successive tests are taken, the rate of score improvement is indicative of the efficacy of the curriculum with respect to a given student's learning modalities. That is, if scores improve rapidly, the curriculum is working well with the particular student, but lack of improvement does not necessarily indicate a learning handicap, but only that the instructional methods for that topic are not effective. As an example, some students learn reading more quickly using sight/whole-word methods, while most learn more quickly using phonics. If the method you use produces modest score improvements, trying other methods may lead to better gains, which in turn tells you about the student's preferred learning modalities.

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Reading Comprehension Questions

 
A. Read the following and then answer the questions:

Do you know the difference between tornadoes and hurricanes?

Both tornadoes and hurricanes have a strong spinning wind at their centers. The spinning dark funnel-shaped dust cloud of a tornado varies from a few feet to as much as a mile in diameter. The spinning rain drenched winds of a hurricane are much larger, often being 500 miles in diameter. Inside these spinning winds is an area of quiet, called the eye.

Tornadoes usually begin and end on land and last no more than a few minutes. Hurricanes usually begin over oceans and end over land, lasting for days.

Though tornadoes are smaller than hurricanes, their winds are much faster and much more destructive where they hit. Tornado winds are often 200 to 300 miles per hour, while hurricane winds may be 75 to 120 miles per hour.

Both are very destructive, and we should take care to stay away from them!

1. What did you just read about?

2. A tornado is a dark, funnel-shaped cloud. (Circle one answer) TRUE FALSE

3. Which lasts longer? (Circle one answer) HURRICANE TORNADO

4. Which covers a larger area? (Circle one answer) HURRICANE TORNADO

5. Which is more destructive? (Circle one answer) HURRICANE TORNADO

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Language Arts Questions

 
A. Write the correct contractions:

1. (Have not) ________ we packed the car yet?

B. Write in the plural words:

1. The (boy) _________ ran faster than the (girl) _________ in the three-legged race.

C. Capitalize the correct words:

1. james madison's birthday is march 16.

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History Questions

 
1. Who discovered America?

2. Give the date of the Declaration of Independence.

3. Who was America's first President?

4. What is the name of the document which lists the rules and laws of America?

5. What is the name of the English king who fought against the Colonists?

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Math Questions

 
2 + 3 =
602 + 290 =
9 - 6 =
845 - 198 =
6 x 6 =
379 / 2 =

Karli went to the store for her mother and bought one gallon of ice cream. How many quarts of ice cream were in the gallon container?

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Science Questions

 
The name of the star that sailors used to navigate on the open seas is called the _________.

Without gravity, we would float off into space. TRUE FALSE

Name three things plants need in order to grow into a healthy plant

The system that carries blood around the body is called the Circulatory System. TRUE FALSE

Name an animal that can live in water and on land

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Geography Questions

 
In the box below, draw your state. Show the following things on your map:

1. The city where you live
2. The state capital
3. Other important cities
4. Names of the other states that surround your state

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Writing and Spelling Questions

 
Write about your favorite movie.

In your best writing, create a four-line poem about the Statue of Liberty.

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Creativity Questions

 
Read the story below. Then draw a picture of your favorite part of the story.

The Boy Lafayette and the Wolf

Gilbert de Lafayette's father and grandfather and great-grandfather had all been brave and noble men. He wished that he might grow up to be like them. His home was in the country not far from a great forest. Often, when he was a little boy, he took long walks among the trees with his mother.

One day word came that a savage wolf had been seen in the forest...

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Test Results

Student: Rachel Spitler
Birthdate: 11/04/1991
TheMeasuringStick Test Results
Junior Elementary B
09/11/2003
Section Category Possible Correct Wrong %Correct   Grade

Overall Score 245 172 73 70%   Second

1. Reading Comprehension 17 14 3 82%   Third
  A. Lightning 5 4 1 80%   Third
  B. Turtles 6 5 1 83%   Third
  C. The Sun 6 5 1 83%   Third

2. Language Arts 62 42 20 67%   Second
  A. Contractions 4 0 4 0%   Preschool
  B. Plurals 5 2 3 40%   First
  A. Capitalization 12 4 8 33%   First
  D. Alphabetizing 8 4 4 50%   First
  E. Vowel Recognition 5 5 0 100%   Fourth
  F. Vowel Recognition 1 1 0 100%   Fourth
  G. Vowel Recognition 27 26 1 96%   Fourth

3. History 20 10 10 50%   First
  A. American Heritage 10 4 6 40%   First
  B. Preamble 1 0 1 0%   Preschool
  C. American Heritage 4 1 3 25%   Kindergarten
  D. Flag 5 5 0 100%   Fourth

4. Math 68 48 20 70%   Second
  A. Addition 8 6 2 75%   Third
  B. Subtraction 8 6 2 75%   Third
  C. Multiplication 8 6 2 75%   Third
  D. Divisions 8 8 0 100%   Fourth
  E. Measurement/Graph 9 7 2 77%   Third
  F. Roman Numerals 10 0 10 0%   Preschool
  G. Time 3 2 1 66%   Second
  H. Story Problems 6 6 0 100%   Fourth
  I. Rounding 8 7 1 87%   Third

5. Science 43 38 5 88%   Third
  A. Astronomy 3 1 2 33%   First
  B. Physics 10 9 1 90%   Third
  C. Botany 8 8 0 100%   Fourth
  D. Physiology 7 7 0 100%   Fourth
  E. Zoology 15 13 2 86%   Third

6. Geography 10 8 2 80%   Third
  A. State Map 5 4 1 80%   Third
  B. Road Map 5 4 1 80%   Third

7. Writing and Spelling 15 6 9 40%   First
   
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This booklet is a PDF (Adobe Acrobat) file. It contains the instructions and test questions. It contains everything your child will need to take the test.
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Buy one of these for each test you want to grade. Grading is very easy, you simply come to our website, login, and then enter your students answers and press "Submit". In two minutes or less, you will see the graded test!
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