In today’s digital age, it’s becoming increasingly common for students to take computer-based testing. This can be a bit intimidating for some students, who may not be used to the format or the technology. However, online assessments can actually be a great way for students to prepare for test taking on a computer.
Here are a few ways that online assessments can help students prepare for test taking on a computer:
- They can help students get familiar with the format of a computer-based test. Online assessments typically follow the same format as traditional paper-and-pencil tests, but writing math symbols and typing math symbols requires a different set of skills. For example, students may need to use a mouse or keyboard to navigate the test, and they may need to show their work by typing operation symbols using an equation editor. By taking an online assessment, students can get familiar with the format of a computer-based test and can practice using the necessary technology.
- They can help students develop their time management skills. Computer-based tests typically have a time limit, and students need to be able to manage their time effectively in order to complete the test on time. Online assessments can help students develop their time management skills by giving them the opportunity to practice taking a test under timed conditions.
- They can help students identify and address areas of weakness. Online assessments can provide students with feedback on their performance, which can help them identify areas of weakness that they need to improve. This feedback can be used to develop a study plan and to focus on the areas that students need to work on the most.
At NTN, we support students with online test prep through our online assessment tool, MathKEYmatics. This solution also supports school leaders and teachers by providing access to grade level, standards-based questions, and data to better inform instruction grades 2-8. The program offers digital practice using features such as:
- Listening to questions read aloud
- Using an online calculator
- Virtual graphing
- Typing math symbols
- Showing and saving work
Online assessments can be a great way for students to prepare for computer-based testing. Digital tests should measure students understanding of the “math” rather than their ability to take a test online. If you would like to learn more about MathKEYmatics, check out the video below, and click below to schedule a quick call to discuss how it can support students at your school.