The Eight Grade Proficiency Assessment - 8th graders in many NJ districts are preparing to take this test right now. It will be given this spring. Talk to your child. Contact the school. Find out the exact dates it will be given. It is a stressful time for the students. It evaluates whether your child has the necessary skills to enter high school. The resource below will help you and your child prepare for the GEPA. Find out what kind of preparations or practice activities are taking place at school. Check your child's school calendar, if it is not there, check with guidance.
Barron's New Jersey GEPA: Language Arts Literacy It contains practice and review in:
- Writing picture Essays
- Writing Persuasive Essays
- Writing Narrative Essays
- Test Taking Advice - This practice booklet contains detailed explanations of the (official) test's format,
- Advice on answering multiple choice and open ended questions.
- It also contains 2 full length practice exams with answer keys provided.
- Discourage lying about on the floor with a lackadaisical attitude.
- Encourage sitting upright, breathing in and out to relax.
- They should work quietly w/o electronic devices of any kind.
- No music (Create the actual conditions of the test when practicing)
- Encourage writing in cursive.
- Participate in this process by timing student practice sessions. (loosely at first)
- Keep sessions short enough so your child is not tired out. Pat attention. Talk.
- Discuss the purposes of the test and reasons for practice.
- Follow the directions and give the practice test yourself.
It offers parents the opportunity to get involved in the process. It makes both parents and students aware of what is expected of them. The School District uses the results of this Test to understand the skill levels of the incoming freshman class. The GEPA evaluates 3 major skills:
- critical reading skills
- the ability to write clearly and maturely
- the potential to be an independent thinker
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