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ACT Prep
This page provides a brief overview of the literacy-oriented components of the ACT, tips on pre-writing strategies for the Writing section, and a list of free online resources.

Analyzing NJ ASK Results
We all know that it takes a scaled score of 200 to pass the NJ ASK (AKA to be "Proficient") and 250 or higher to be "Advanced Proficient."  But what more can we learn about our students' strengths and needs by ANALYZING their NJ ASK results in more depth?  This section provides you with the tools you need to analyze your school's NJ ASK results in order to plan effective interventions.

AP Prep
This page provides links to essential AP-related Websites.

Connecting Reading, Writing, Test-Prep is about how reading and writing are two sides of the same coin, and we use tests as one way to measure students’ abilities to do both.  In this section, we examine how all three overlap. 

  • In Part I, “MAIN IDEA/ARGUMENT: Finding One vs. Building One,” we consider how to find a main idea/argument (reading and test-taking) vs. how to build a main idea/argument (writing).
  • Part II, “CRITICAL READING AND ROBUST WRITING” provides code words for different types of critical reading questions, strategies for reading fiction and nonfiction, and suggestions for how to create more robust writing.

Generic Test Prep Strategies
Tests are a GENRE with characteristics that students need to recognize.  This section offers advice and materials for teaching students how to take tests more effectively.  It also provides a recipe for How to Create Critical Reading Questions. 
 
NJ ASK Prep
This page is devoted to WRITING tasks on the NJ ASK (for grades 3-8): explanatory, narrative, open-ended response, and persuasive.  For NJ ASK READING strategies, see READING
 

NJ HSPA Prep
This page is devoted to WRITING tasks on the NJ HSPA (for grade 11): open-ended response, EXPOSITORY (NEW!!!), and persuasive.  For HSPA READING strategies, see READING

PARCC Prep
This page points to PARCC-related resources.

SAT/SSAT Prep
This page provides a list of free online resources for tackling the literacy portions of the SAT and SSAT.
 
Test Prep Needs Assessment
Do you know how well-prepared your students are for the NJ ASK or HSPA?  HOW do you know?  This section provides Needs Assessment Surveys for use with teachers that will help you determine what has been done and what more needs to be done to support your students with the literacy components of NJ's state assessments. 


Test Prep Resources & Links
This page provides both NJ-specific and generic resources and links to assist teachers with test preparation.

 
 
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