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Ages 11 to 13, grades 5 to 8

Ages 11 to 13, grades 5 to 8

The Senior Elementary Series Tests were designed to assess educational progress in the materials that are normally taught to elementary and middle school students in the U.S. (five major academic areas and 23 sub-categories are reported). These tests were developed for private schools and tutors who wished to frequently review progress so that the educational process could be adjusted and optimized. 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

Use Test Results Wisely

Test Samples:

Language Arts Question

Social Science Question

Reading Comprehension Question

Science Question

Math Question

Test Results

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Categories of Knowledge Covered

Similar to the GED (nationally recognized high school equivalency test), the Senior Elementary Series Tests are directed at the following categories of knowledge:

Math
  • Numeration
  • Measurement
Language
  • Sentence Structure
  • Word Usage
  • Capitalization
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Possessives
  • Contractions
Social Studies
  • History
  • Geography
Reading Comprehension
  • Comprehension
  • Inference
  • Application
  • Analysis
Elementary Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Physics

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About test conditions and Results

As you can see, each Sr. Elementary Test is broken down into five major categories: math, science, language, social studies, and reading comprehension. A separate timed section is administered for each of these major categories. For this test to be an accurate assessment of grade level, the time limits for each section must be observed:

  • Language - minutes
  • Social Studies - minutes
  • Science - minutes
  • Literature - minutes
  • Math - minutes

    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.

    Academic Skills Inventory:

    • The test can also 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 what areas a student is strong in and which areas need work.

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Frequency of Testing

For optimal learning, it is a good idea to take the tests every 3 months to see the students progress. By watching the progress in various categories and sub-categories, it becomes possible to see what is working in the study plan and to see what areas need strengthening. Rotating test versions (ver. A, B, C) keeps the student from "learning to the test." When students master these tests, we recommend moving on to the "V" series 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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Use 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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Language Arts Question

Which sentence is correct?

(1) What would you do if you were the President of the United States?
(2) What would you do if you was the President of the United States?

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Social Science Question

Who was the President of the United States in 1861?

(1) Jefferson Davis
(2) Henry Clay
(3) Robert Fulton
(4) Abraham Lincoln

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Reading Comprehension Question

Have you ever wondered what a barnacle is? It is a tiny sea animal that locks itself into a hard shell on rocks, pilings, boats and sometimes other sea creatures. When a baby barnacle hatches, it quickly finds a hard surface on which it glues itself. Then it begins secreting a shell around itself for protection. Through an opening in the shell it extends jointed legs to catch food from the surrounding sea water. It might be hard to think of a barnacle as being alive, but it is!

1. A barnacle is:

(1) a plant
(2) a piling.
(3) a purple dinosaur on a TV show.
(4) a deputy on a TV show.
(5) a tiny sea animal.

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Science Question

The body system which includes our heart is called the:

(1) muscular system
(2) nervous system
(3) digestive system
(4) respiratory system
(5) circulatory system

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Math Question

$3.95
$2.00
+ $6.49

(1) $12.54
(2) $12.44
(3) $13.84
  5/8 + 1/4 =

(1) 7/8
(2) 6/12
(3) 3/4
(4) 6/8
(5) 6/4
3,690 / 45 =

(1) 82
(2) 82 R 1
(3) 82 R 5
394 x 87 =

(1) 35,378
(2) 34,278
(3) 24,288
How is 1/4
written as
a percent?

(1) 33 1/3%
(2) 12%
(3) 25%

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Test Results

TheMeasuringStick Test Results
Senior Elementary B
02/10/2003
Student: Student Name
Birthdate: 07/11/1991
Client: 100001
Section Category Possible Correct Wrong Skipped %Correct Grade

Overall Score 266 163 50 53 61% Sixth

Language Arts 50 31 6 13 62% Sixth
  Parts of Speech 8 3 0 5 38% Fifth
  Punctuation & Capitalization 11 10 1 0 91% Eighth
  Grammar 11 9 2 0 82% Seventh
  Composition 10 4 2 4 40% Fifth
  Spelling/Vocabulary 10 5 1 4 50% Fifth

Social Studies 80 53 15 12 66% Sixth
  History 13 6 4 3 46% Fifth
  Political Science 17 9 2 6 53% Sixth
  Geography 20 14 3 3 70% Sixth
  Naming of States 50 50 0 0 100% Eighth
  Naming of Capitals 50 25 25 0 50% Fifth
  States on the Map 50 44 6 0 88% Seventh

Reading Comprehension 36 32 4 0 89% Seventh
  Elizabeth Zane 12 11 1 0 92% Eighth
  No Accident 12 10 2 0 83% Seventh
  Eyesight 12 11 1 0 92% Eighth

Science 50 26 16 8 52% Sixth
  Astronomy 12 6 6 0 50% Fifth
  Physics 13 7 2 4 54% Sixth
  Earth Science 12 6 5 1 50% Fifth
  Biology 13 7 3 3 54% Sixth

Math 50 21 9 20 42% Fifth
  Whole Numbers/Decimals 24 13 5 6 54% Sixth
  Fractions 6 3 1 2 50% Fifth
  Percents 5 0 0 5 0% Third
  Geometry 5 0 1 4 0% Third
  Story Problems/Misc 10 5 2 3 50% Fifth

Because some Question in a section apply to more than one category, the category totals add up to more than the section totals.


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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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9.95 EUR
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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9.95 EUR
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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9.95 EUR
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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9.95 EUR
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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