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### Grade 3

### Grade 4

### Grade 5

### Hard work and effort lead to victory!

Focusing on the FCAT/FCAT 2.0

Test-Taking Strategies

Grades 3-5

Nancy E. Brito, Department of Assessment

briton@palmbeach.k12.fl.us

561-357-7521, PX47521

Information based on Florida Department of Education, Keys to FCAT

What is the objective of this presentation?

- To provide participants with test-taking strategies to improve performance on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT/FCAT 2.0)

How to prepare for the FCAT/FCAT 2.0

Grades 3-5 – All subjects

- Learn how to answer each type of question
- For multiple-choice questions, read each question carefully and think about the answer or solve the problem before you select your answer from the choices provided.
- Answer questions you are sure about first. If a question seems too hard, skip it and go back to that question later.
- There is no penalty for guessing; therefore, it is best to try to answer all questions, even if you are not sure of the correct answers.

How to prepare for the FCAT/FCAT 2.0

continued

- Think positively. Some questions may seem hard, but you may be able to figure out how to respond if you read the questions carefully a second time.
- Be sure to completely fill in the answer bubbles in your test book or answer document. Do not make any stray marks around the answer spaces.
- Check to make sure the test question number matches the answer choice number on the answer document.

Grades 3-5 – All subjects

Reading and Mathematics

How to prepare for the FCAT/FCAT 2.0

Grades 3 – Reading Multiple Choice Questions

- Read the passage and question very carefully. Look back at the passage to find the correct answer to the question.
- Make sure your answer is based on information in the passage and not on something you read elsewhere. If you are not sure about details from the passage, go back and read that part of the passage again.
- Once you have chosen your answer, fill in the bubble that matches your choice.
- Check your answer.

Sample question

How to prepare for the FCAT/FCAT 2.0

Grades 3 – Mathematics Multiple Choice Questions

- Read the question carefully.
- Solve the problem first and then look for your answer among the choices given.
- If your answer is not one of the choices, reread the question to be sure you understand what is being asked. Solve the problem again, if necessary.
- You are not required to show your work for MC questions; however, you may use the white space in the test book to do your calculations.
- Once you have chosen your answer, fill in the bubble that matches your choice.
- Check your work.

Sample question

Writing, Reading, and Mathematics

How to prepare for the FCAT

Grades 4 – Writing Essay

- Read the prompt carefully and completely. The prompt gives you suggestions that may help you begin your writing.
- Use the planning sheet to list and organize your ideas for

writing. Plan to include examples and details in your response. Budget the time you spend planning. The writing on the planning sheet will not be scored.

- You have 45 minutes to read, plan, and write your response.
- Only the writing on the lines provided in the writing folder will be scored. If you have time left, check your work and make corrections to improve your writing.

Sample prompt

How to prepare for the FCAT/FCAT 2.0

- Read the passage and question very carefully. Look back at the passage to find the correct answer to the question.
- Make sure your answer is based on information in the passage and not on something you read elsewhere. If you are not sure about details from the passage, go back and read that part of the passage again.
- Once you have chosen your answer, fill in the bubble that matches your choice.
- Check your answer.

Grades 4 – Reading Multiple Choice Questions

Sample question

How to prepare for the FCAT/FCAT 2.0

- Read the question carefully.
- Solve the problem first and then look for your answer among the choices given.
- If your answer is not one of the choices, reread the question to be sure you understand what is being asked. Solve the problem again, if necessary.
- You are not required to show your work for MC questions; however, you may use the white space in the test book to do your calculations.
- Once you have chosen your answer, fill in the bubble that matches your choice.
- Check your work.

Grades 4 – Mathematics Multiple Choice Questions

See Sample on the next page.

How to prepare for the FCATFCAT 2.0

Sample Grades 4 – Mathematics Multiple Choice Questions

How to prepare for the FCAT/FCAT 2.0

- Read the question carefully. Then solve the problem.
- You are not required to show your work for GR questions. However, you may use the white space in the test book to do your calculations.
- Once you have solved the problem, write your answer in the boxes on the answer gridandfill in the bubbles to match your answer. Make sure the boxes and bubbles are filled in correctly and match each other.

Grades 4 – Mathematics Gridded Response Questions

- If your answer will not fit in the response grid, check your work. Remember that you might need to round your answer or use another form of the number.

See sample question on the next page.

How to prepare for the FCAT/FCAT 2.0

Sample Grades 4 – Mathematics Gridded Response Questions

Reading, Mathematics, and Science

How to prepare for the FCAT/FCAT 2.0

- Read the passage and question very carefully. Look back at the passage to find the correct answer to the question.
- Make sure your answer is based on information in the passage and not on something you read elsewhere. If you are not sure about details from the passage, go back and read that part of the passage again.
- Once you have chosen your answer, fill in the bubble that matches your choice.
- Make sure the number on the answer sheet matches the number of the question you are answering.
- Check your answer.

Grades 5 – Reading Multiple Choice Items Questions

Sample question

How to prepare for the FCAT/FCAT 2.0

Grades 5 – Mathematics Multiple Choice Questions

- Read the question carefully.
- Solve the problem first and then look for your answer among the choices given.
- If your answer is not one of the choices, reread the question to be sure you understand what is being asked. Solve the problem again, if necessary.
- You are not required to show your work for MC questions; however, you may use the white space in the test book to do your calculations.
- Once you have chosen your answer, fill in the bubble that matches your choice.
- Check your work.

See Sample on the next page.

How to prepare for the FCAT/FCAT 2.0

Sample Grades 5 – Mathematics Multiple Choice Questions

How to prepare for the FCAT/FCAT 2.0

- Read the question carefully. Then solve the problem.
- You are not required to show your work for GR questions. However, you may use the white space in the test book to do your calculations.
- Once you have solved the problem, write your answer in the boxes on the answer gridandfill in the bubbles to match your answer. Make sure the boxes and bubbles are filled in correctly and match each other.

Grades 5 – Mathematics Gridded Response Questions

- If your answer will not fit in the response grid, check your work. Remember that you might need to round your answer or use another form of the number.

See sample question on the next page.

How to prepare for the FCAT/FCAT 2.0

Sample Grades 5 – Mathematics Gridded Response Questions

How to prepare for the FCAT

Grades 5 – Science Multiple Choice Questions

- Read the information provided and the question carefully.
- Study any pictures, charts, and tables presented.
- Look at the answer choices and determine the information and/or procedures needed to find the solution.
- Reread the question.
- Choose your answer and fill in the bubble to match your choice.
- Check your work.

Sample questions on the next page

How to prepare for the FCAT

Sample Grades 5 – Science Multiple Choice Questions

Be prepared to take the FCAT!

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