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Strategy #5:



Expose Students Frequently to
Question Models

The fifth aspect of the C.R.E.A.T.E. model is exposing students to test models and test-taking strategies.  I have seen students who know their math or history but fail a test.  There are many studies that show how standardized tests are often culturally biased.  But we are in a world where lawyers must pass the LSAT and doctors must pass the MCAT.  Therefore, if we are doing justice to our students, especially our target population, and arming them with the tools to survive and compete in the real world, then we must help them to succeed on these standardized exams.

I spend at least 1 month reviewing previous test models before the students have to take a standardized test.  They are exposed to the language of the test well before they see the test.  They see how ridiculous some of those questions are that use tricky language like “all are true except . . .” By the time they have to take the test, they feel ready because they have seen the type of question they will have to face.

A Typical Test Question

Solve:  4x +23 - 2x + 23 = - 4

Line 1: 2x + 46 = -4
Line 2: 2x = 42
Line 3: x = 21

Which of the following statements is true?

A Line 1 is the first incorrect line
B Line 2 is the first incorrect line
C Line 3 is the first incorrect line
D: All lines are correct


“Let’s give our students the Opportunity to Showcase their Learning and Compete in the Real World by Preparing them to Succeed on their Tests”
- Dr. Kadhir Raja

Take Home Point:

If your guided mastery, independent mastery, and test-prep has been truly effective, then at least 70% of your students should meet proficiency on any test that you have created.  remember, you are the coach and the test is the game.  if you have done your job, your players should win the game and
succeed on that test.

*if it’s a standardized test that has few models to look at, then proficiency may be lower than desired but should still be
relatively high.


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