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Become	a	great	
Test	Taker!		
We	will	be	taking	
tests	for	the	rest	
of	our	lives!!!!!!!
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR
What	do	you	love	about	
taking	tests?
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR
What	do	you	not love	about	
taking	tests?
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR
SAT HSA ITBS PSAT
ACT PERT TABE PLAN
GRE FCAT NGSSS ERB
ASVAB LSAT ARMT ISEE
HASP PASS CAT STARR
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	S...
Kamaile Academy PCS - Waianae, HI
• 2011 – Test scores were
consistently in the lowest 5% of the
state for both math and r...
Kamaile Academy PCS - Waianae, HI
• January 2012 – Mr. D became the
school’s standardized testing
consultant.
MAKING	YOUR	...
Kamaile Academy PCS - Waianae, HI
2012-2013 School Year
• the highest student growth in the
20+ year history of the school...
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR
Kamaile Academy PCS - Waianae, HI
2013-2014 School Year
• Most improved charter school in
Hawaii
• Full 6 year accreditati...
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR
What is my 1st secret
to test taking success?
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR
THE
TEST
IS
IMPORTANT!
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR
How do the results from Hawaii apply to
homeschool families?
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR
Business owners are begging
for problem solving abilities
as young people enter
the work force.
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SO...
What is my 2nd secret
to test taking success?
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR
Mr.	D’s	2	Step	Method	for	Taking	Tests
(any	test/any	subject)
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR
Mr.	D’s	2	Step	Method	for	Taking	Tests
(any	test/any	subject)
Step	1	- Find	the	Question
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR
Mr.	D’s	2	Step	Method	for	Taking	Tests
(any	test/any	subject)
Step	1	- Find	the	Question
Step	2	- Answer	the	Question
MAKI...
Grade	3	– FCAT	Sample	Problem
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR
Grade	3	– FCAT	Sample	Problem
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR	
Grade 3 – HSA Sample Problem
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR	
Grade 3 – HSA Sample Problem
Up by 4 each time
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR	
Grade 5 – PASS Sample Problem
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR	
Grade 5 – PASS Sample Problem
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR	
Grade 5 – PASS Sample Problem
= 72 + 36 = 108
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR	
Grade 5 – PASS Sample Problem
= 72 + 36 = 108
6 x 15 = 90
6 x 12 x 3 = 216
18 x 9 = 162
9 x ...
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR	
Using the distributive property
6 and 3 are both being
multiplied by 12!
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR	
Grade 7 – STARR Sample Problem
In	a	sequence,	each	term	after	the	first	term	is	found	
by	adding	a	constant	n	to	the	preceding	term.	If	the	
2nd term	is	...
In	a	sequence,	each	term	after	the	first	term	is	found	
by	adding	a	constant	n	to	the	preceding	term.	If	the	
2nd term	is	...
In	a	sequence,	each	term	after	the	first	term	is	found	
by	adding	a	constant	n	to	the	preceding	term.	If	the	
2nd term	is	...
In	a	sequence,	each	term	after	the	first	term	is	found	
by	adding	a	constant	n	to	the	preceding	term.	If	the	
2nd term	is	...
In	a	sequence,	each	term	after	the	first	term	is	found	
by	adding	a	constant	n	to	the	preceding	term.	If	the	
2nd term	is	...
In	a	sequence,	each	term	after	the	first	term	is	found	
by	adding	a	constant	n	to	the	preceding	term.	If	the	
2nd term	is	...
In	a	sequence,	each	term	after	the	first	term	is	found	
by	adding	a	constant	n	to	the	preceding	term.	If	the	
2nd term	is	...
In	a	sequence,	each	term	after	the	first	term	is	found	
by	adding	a	constant	n	to	the	preceding	term.	If	the	
2nd term	is	...
Grade 7 – FCAT Sample Problem
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR
Grade 7 – FCAT Sample Problem
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR	
Read	this	passage	about	Jane	Goodall	and	her	work	with	chimpanzees.	Then	
answer	the	questio...
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR	
in	England	and	was	determined	to	go	to	Africa	to	see	the	animals	there	
and	learn	everything...
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR	
Grade 4 – PASS Sample Problem
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR	
Grade 4 – PASS Sample Problem
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR	
Grade 4 – PASS Sample Problem
• In	the	sixteenth	century,	an	age	of	great	marine	and	terrestrial	exploration,	
Ferdinand	Magellan	led	the	first	expediti...
1.	The	sixteenth	century	was	an	age	of	great	___exploration.	
A.	cosmic	
B.	land	
C.	marine	and	terrestrial
D.	sun	and	ext...
1.	The	sixteenth	century	was	an	age	of	great	___exploration.	
A.	cosmic	
B.	land	
C.	marine	and	terrestrial
D.	sun	and	ext...
• In	the	sixteenth	century,	an	age	of	great	marine	and	terrestrial	exploration,	
Ferdinand	Magellan	led	the	first	expediti...
Make
the
test
important!
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR
When to Practice:
Begin preparation at least 2 weeks prior
using test prep materials.
Plan 3-4 days per week to practice.
...
What to practice: Timing is everything!
Practice the test for the same amount of
time the test will be!
(If the test is 40...
How to practice:
Obtain sample tests!
Practice the test the way it is meant to
be taken!
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR
A Special
Free Gift From Mr. D
Mr. D Math Test Prep Portal
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR
Mr. D Math Presentation
MrDmath.com/testprep
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR
MAKING	YOUR	TEST	SCORES	SOAR
“Insanity	is	doing	the	same	thing	
over	and	over	again	and	expecting	
the	different	results.”	 - Albert
Einstein
MAKING	YO...
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Make Your Test Scores Soar

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Mr. D, as he is known by his students and families, is a test-prep specialist! He was also the standardized testing consultant to the Kamaile Academy PCS in Waianae, HI, which had the most dramatic test score increase in its history and was named most improved charter school for all the Hawaiian Islands. This is a hands-on workshop giving those attending simple strategies for any testing situation. Learn Mr. D’s easy to follow 2-step method for test taking. The focus will be on math and reading comprehension standardized tests.

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Make Your Test Scores Soar

  1. 1. Become a great Test Taker! We will be taking tests for the rest of our lives!!!!!!! MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  2. 2. What do you love about taking tests? MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  3. 3. What do you not love about taking tests? MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  4. 4. SAT HSA ITBS PSAT ACT PERT TABE PLAN GRE FCAT NGSSS ERB ASVAB LSAT ARMT ISEE HASP PASS CAT STARR MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR TESTING, TESTING AND MORE TESTING UGH!
  5. 5. Kamaile Academy PCS - Waianae, HI • 2011 – Test scores were consistently in the lowest 5% of the state for both math and reading. • The test had no impact on student promotion to the next grade level. MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  6. 6. Kamaile Academy PCS - Waianae, HI • January 2012 – Mr. D became the school’s standardized testing consultant. MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  7. 7. Kamaile Academy PCS - Waianae, HI 2012-2013 School Year • the highest student growth in the 20+ year history of the school for a 1 year period. MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  8. 8. MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  9. 9. MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  10. 10. Kamaile Academy PCS - Waianae, HI 2013-2014 School Year • Most improved charter school in Hawaii • Full 6 year accreditation MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  11. 11. MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  12. 12. MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  13. 13. What is my 1st secret to test taking success? MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  14. 14. THE TEST IS IMPORTANT! MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  15. 15. How do the results from Hawaii apply to homeschool families? MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  16. 16. Business owners are begging for problem solving abilities as young people enter the work force. MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  17. 17. What is my 2nd secret to test taking success? MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  18. 18. Mr. D’s 2 Step Method for Taking Tests (any test/any subject) MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  19. 19. Mr. D’s 2 Step Method for Taking Tests (any test/any subject) Step 1 - Find the Question MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  20. 20. Mr. D’s 2 Step Method for Taking Tests (any test/any subject) Step 1 - Find the Question Step 2 - Answer the Question MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  21. 21. Grade 3 – FCAT Sample Problem MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  22. 22. Grade 3 – FCAT Sample Problem MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  23. 23. MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR Grade 3 – HSA Sample Problem
  24. 24. MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR Grade 3 – HSA Sample Problem Up by 4 each time
  25. 25. MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR Grade 5 – PASS Sample Problem
  26. 26. MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR Grade 5 – PASS Sample Problem
  27. 27. MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR Grade 5 – PASS Sample Problem = 72 + 36 = 108
  28. 28. MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR Grade 5 – PASS Sample Problem = 72 + 36 = 108 6 x 15 = 90 6 x 12 x 3 = 216 18 x 9 = 162 9 x 12 = 108
  29. 29. MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR Using the distributive property 6 and 3 are both being multiplied by 12!
  30. 30. MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR Grade 7 – STARR Sample Problem
  31. 31. In a sequence, each term after the first term is found by adding a constant n to the preceding term. If the 2nd term is 4 and the 5th term is 22, what is the 8th term in the sequence? A. 36 B. 40 C. 44 D. 48 E. 52 SAT Sample Problem MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  32. 32. In a sequence, each term after the first term is found by adding a constant n to the preceding term. If the 2nd term is 4 and the 5th term is 22, what is the 8th term in the sequence? SAT Sample Problem MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  33. 33. In a sequence, each term after the first term is found by adding a constant n to the preceding term. If the 2nd term is 4 and the 5th term is 22, what is the 8th term in the sequence? SAT Sample Problem MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  34. 34. In a sequence, each term after the first term is found by adding a constant n to the preceding term. If the 2nd term is 4 and the 5th term is 22, what is the 8th term in the sequence? 2nd 5th 8th 4 22 ? MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  35. 35. In a sequence, each term after the first term is found by adding a constant n to the preceding term. If the 2nd term is 4 and the 5th term is 22, what is the 8th term in the sequence? 2nd 5th 6th 7th 8th 4 22 ? 3 18 MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  36. 36. In a sequence, each term after the first term is found by adding a constant n to the preceding term. If the 2nd term is 4 and the 5th term is 22, what is the 8th term in the sequence? What do you know about 3 and 18? 3 X 6 = 18 or 18 / 6 = 3 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 4 10 16 22 ? 3 18 MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  37. 37. In a sequence, each term after the first term is found by adding a constant n to the preceding term. If the 2nd term is 4 and the 5th term is 22, what is the 8th term in the sequence? 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 4 10 16 22 28 34 40 3 18 Now count by 6’s MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  38. 38. In a sequence, each term after the first term is found by adding a constant n to the preceding term. If the 2nd term is 4 and the 5th term is 22, what is the 8th term in the sequence? 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 4 10 16 22 28 34 40 3 18 MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  39. 39. Grade 7 – FCAT Sample Problem MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  40. 40. Grade 7 – FCAT Sample Problem MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  41. 41. MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  42. 42. MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  43. 43. MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR Read this passage about Jane Goodall and her work with chimpanzees. Then answer the questions that follow. JANE GOODALL (1934– ) Imagine traveling to the other side of the world, to a deep, tropical jungle far away from your family and friends, all of this in the hope of seeing a chimpanzee. Then, once you are there, you wake up every morning before dawn, crawl through the brush, climb up mountains, and sit quietly, waiting just to catch a glimpse of some chimpanzees. And what if you did that every day for weeks and months? That is exactly what Jane Goodall did. When she began her research in 1960, women rarely went out alone to do fieldwork like this. Nowadays there are many men and women ethologists* who have studied animals in the wild. But Jane Goodall was the first person to make it her life’s work to study a single species in the wild. Jane Goodall grew up Grade 4 – PASS Sample Problem
  44. 44. MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR in England and was determined to go to Africa to see the animals there and learn everything she could about them. She worked to save up enough money for the trip to Africa. In Africa, she met Louis Leakey, a famous anthropologist,* and she worked with him for a year. Louis Leakey believed that there was much to be learned from studying the great apes in their natural habitat, and he thought Jane Goodall was the person to do it. Jane traveled to the Gombe Stream Reserve in Tanzania. For the first eighteen months, she seldom saw chimpanzees close-up. But she watched and waited, waited and watched, until the chimps got used to her and started to come out of the brush. With her patience and gentleness, Jane Goodall earned the trust of the chimpanzees, and she got to know them well. Because Jane Goodall stayed and learned so much, we now know a great deal about the lives and deaths of chimpanzees over generations. As an authority on chimpanzees, Jane Goodall has shared what she knows with people all over the world to protect the animals she has come to understand so well.
  45. 45. MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR Grade 4 – PASS Sample Problem
  46. 46. MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR Grade 4 – PASS Sample Problem
  47. 47. MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR Grade 4 – PASS Sample Problem
  48. 48. • In the sixteenth century, an age of great marine and terrestrial exploration, Ferdinand Magellan led the first expedition to sail around the world. As a young Portuguese noble, he served the king of Portugal, but he became involved in the quagmire of political intrigue at court and lost the king's favor. After he was dismissed from service to the king of Portugal, he offered to serve the future Emperor Charles V of Spain. • A papal decree of 1493 had assigned all land in the New World west of 50 degrees W longitude to Spain and all the land east of that line to Portugal. Magellan offered to prove that the East Indies fell under Spanish authority. On September 20, 1519, Magellan set sail from Spain with five ships. More than a year later, one of these ships was exploring the topography of South America in search of a water route across the continent. This ship sank, but the remaining four ships searched along the southern peninsula of South America. Finally they found the passage they sought near a latitude of 50 degrees S. Magellan named this passage the Strait of All Saints, but today we know it as the Strait of Magellan. MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  49. 49. 1. The sixteenth century was an age of great ___exploration. A. cosmic B. land C. marine and terrestrial D. sun and extraterrestrial E. none of the above 2. The land assigned to Portugal was 50 degrees E ____________. A. Latitude B. Longitude C. Altitude D. Below sea level E. None of the above MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  50. 50. 1. The sixteenth century was an age of great ___exploration. A. cosmic B. land C. marine and terrestrial D. sun and extraterrestrial E. none of the above 2. The land assigned to Portugal was 50 degrees E ____________. A. Latitude B. Longitude C. Altitude D. Below sea level E. None of the above MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  51. 51. • In the sixteenth century, an age of great marine and terrestrial exploration, Ferdinand Magellan led the first expedition to sail around the world. As a young Portuguese noble, he served the king of Portugal, but he became involved in the quagmire of political intrigue at court and lost the king's favor. After he was dismissed from service to the king of Portugal, he offered to serve the future Emperor Charles V of Spain. • A papal decree of 1493 had assigned all land in the New World west of 50 degrees W longitude to Spain and all the land east of that line to Portugal. Magellan offered to prove that the East Indies fell under Spanish authority. On September 20, 1519, Magellan set sail from Spain with five ships. More than a year later, one of these ships was exploring the topography of South America in search of a water route across the continent. This ship sank, but the remaining four ships searched along the southern peninsula of South America. Finally they found the passage they sought near a latitude of 50 degrees S. Magellan named this passage the Strait of All Saints, but today we know it as the Strait of Magellan. MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  52. 52. Make the test important! MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  53. 53. When to Practice: Begin preparation at least 2 weeks prior using test prep materials. Plan 3-4 days per week to practice. MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  54. 54. What to practice: Timing is everything! Practice the test for the same amount of time the test will be! (If the test is 40 minutes – practice 40 minutes each time) MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  55. 55. How to practice: Obtain sample tests! Practice the test the way it is meant to be taken! MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  56. 56. A Special Free Gift From Mr. D Mr. D Math Test Prep Portal MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  57. 57. MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  58. 58. MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  59. 59. MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  60. 60. Mr. D Math Presentation MrDmath.com/testprep MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  61. 61. MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR
  62. 62. “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the different results.” - Albert Einstein MAKING YOUR TEST SCORES SOAR

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