The big standardized test question answered here.


My child is a straight A student but doesn’t do well on standardized exams. Why?

This is a question asked frequently by parents and students. There is more than one answer. Here is one possibility. The student may not be an efficient learner. Grades are subjective and are a composite of classwork, homework, projects, participation and tests. Tests are usually focused on segments of information or chapters. Students have the opportunity to study and prepare as much as their time allows. Furthermore, their retention of the information once the test is completed varies. So, retention of information and fluency of learning (reading and processing speed) are critical variables when it comes to standardized testing. On timed exams, the student may not be able to recall information and process the material efficiently.

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