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Thinking Skills for Tests: Upper Elementary

Developing Test-Taking Skills for Standardized Testing

Grades: 3-5

Critical Thinking, Test Prep

Grades: 3-5

Critical Thinking, Test Prep

  •  Multiple Award Winner
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All standardized tests measure the ability to think carefully and critically. This easy-to-use, fun 220-page book teaches students how to use highly-effective critical thinking skills and other strategic test-taking skills to improve their test scores. Unlike most practice tests that lack vital instruction in test-taking skills, Thinking Skills for Tests teaches and provides essential practice with thinking skills that form the base of both verbal and nonverbal reasoning and logic. It also includes solutions with helpful explanations.

In the process of learning and practicing these thinking skills, students will have the opportunity to practice listening and following directions. They will also discuss answers so you can assess their thinking and assure them that they're thinking carefully. This book also teaches them to answer questions even when their answer is uncertain or the question is difficult. This practice can build confidence, reduce anxiety, and remove obstacles that can hinder students from performing their best on tests.

     •  Vocabulary
     •  Understand the Main Idea
     •  Answer Multiple Choice Questions
     •  Give Written Answers
     •  Use Clues to Infer Answers
     •  Use Your Thoughts and Feelings to Infer Answers

     •  Estimate the Correct Answer
     •  Solve Complicated Word Problems
     •  Use Different Units of Measure in Word Problems
     •  Estimations in Word Problems

Product Details

Item#: 04503BBP
Author(s): Robin MacFarlane, Ph.D.
TOC: View Table Of Contents
Type: Student Book with Answers
Media: Paperback Book
License: Reproducible
ISBN–10: 1-60144-579-2
ISBN–13: 978-1-60144-579-7
Pages: 220, Color


Creative Child Magazine 2014 Preferred Choice Award, Educational Products for Kids Category Mom’s Choice Awards® Gold Medal for Excellence

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"I've used this book on two of my children, both in their standard testing years with identical results. The skills they learned in this book were amazing and gave them the confidence to tackle every aspect of the test, and then some. I was in awe as I watched them work through the problems using the things they learned from this book. One of my children even commented that many of the test questions had more to do with critical thinking than with language arts, math, science, or history knowledge. The outcome... both children scored in the 90th percentile or higher on a national comparison in every section!" - Mom Of 4, South Dakota
"Any standardized testing of young children, grades PreK-5, would benefit from Thinking Skills for Tests." - Robin McFarlane, PhD., Author

Test preparation available for the following:

Thinking Skills for Tests prepares students for many assessments, including:

Otis-Lennon School Ability Test® (OLSAT®)
Cognitive Abilities Test™ (CogAT®)
Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test® (NNAT®)
Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence™ (WPPSI™)
Bracken School Readiness Assessment (BSRA)
Early Childhood Admissions Assessment (ECAA)
Peabody Picture Vocabulary Tests™ (PPVT™)
Primary Test of Cognitive Skills™ (PTCS™)
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children® (WISC®)
Woodcock-Johnson® Tests of Cognitive Ability (WJ-R®)
and many more!