ASSESSMENT PAPERS

Carlong Literacy Skills - New Edition

Carlong Literacy Skills - New Edition

Level: Primary

Series Title: Gateway to Literacy

Subject: Assessment Papers

ISBN: 978 976 638 112 7

Pages: 172

Age Group: 9 - 10 years

Published: March 2012

Gateway to Literacy: Carlong Literacy Skills - New Edition is a new edition of our Carlong Assessment Tests: Literacy Skills.

This new edition offers new and exciting items while retaining many of the old favourites.

There are 12 Test Papers in this textbook - four more than the previous edition. The book focuses on preparing students for the Ministry of Education's Grade 4 Literacy Test, as well as on helping them to develop the literacy skills they need to communicate every day.

Organization of the text
The textbook is organized as follows:
Note to the Teacher/Parent - this provides useful information on how the Test Papers are organized and how to use the book.

Note to the Student - the student is introduced to the textbook, including the Lit Wiz mascot, as well as told how the Test Papers can prepare them to be successful in the Grade 4 Literacy Test.

General Instructions - this outlines what the student will be required to do in each section (an example is provided for each section).

Test Papers 1 -12 - the Test Papers are graded within the book with the more difficult Test Papers appearing last.

  • Test Papers 1-3 comprise Grade 3 work
  • Test Papers 4-7 are moderate, covering work for Grades 3 and 4
  • Test Papers 8 - 12 fully simulate the Grade 4 Literacy Test

The material, therefore, caters to students at all literacy levels.

Each Test Paper is broken down into three sections:

  • Section 1 - Word Recognition: The student is required to choose words that match pictures and vice versa
  • Section 2 - Reading Comprehension: The student is instructed to choose the correct answer to items that are based on comprehension passages, road signs, poems, tables and other interesting stimuli
  • Section 3 - Writing Tasks: The student has to complete a form and write a letter.
The number of items in each section and the time allotted to complete each reflect the format of the exam.

Track Your Progress Score Graph - both allow students to see how well they are doing. The teacher or parent can use these to identify which section often presents a challenge to the student.

Comprehension Schema - the schema breaks down the topics covered and helps the teacher or parent to closely monitor the student's progress.

Sample Answer Sheet and Test Answers - the use of the sample answer sheet mimics what is done in the actual examination.

Key Features

  • 50%  more Test Papers than previous edition
  • Similar layout to actual examination paper
  • Test Papers are progressively challenging
  • Can be used at home or at school
  • Offers good practice for the age level whether student is in Jamaica or elsewhere
  • Integrated content conveyed through a variety of stimuli. See examples on pages: 19, 22, 35, 36, 88, 99, 125
  • Student's literacy skills tested through the use of various stimuli pieces, e.g., charts, tables, posters, poems, cards and  passages that are interesting and, in many cases, informative. See examples on pages: 7, 11, 20, 21, 32, 37, 48, 62, 73, 87, 98, 100, 110

Look out For:

  • Score Graph
  • Comprehension Schema
  • Sample Answer Sheet
  • Answers for each Test Paper

Notes To Teachers:

Welcome to Carlong Literacy Skills - New Edition. This test book is a part of Carlong?s Gateway to Literacy Series, which is focused on developing children?s ability to read and write, as well as to identify, understand and interpret written materials. It is a new edition of the popular Carlong Assessment Tests: Literacy Skills. This new edition features 12 Test Papers (TPs), four more than the old edition, which simulate the Ministry of Education?s Grade 4 Literacy Test. The new Ministry of Education policy stipulates that students can only advance to Grade 5 and ultimately sit the Grade Six Achievement Test if they are successful at the Grade Four Literacy Test.

HOW THE BOOK WORKS

The 12 tests in this test book help to prepare students to do well in the Grade 4 Literacy Test under the National Assessment Programme. Students will also master the literacy skills which are necessary to communicate in everyday life. The tests are designed to be progressively challenging, thereby catering to students at all levels. The items are graded within each Test Paper and also within the book with the more difficult Test Papers being presented last. You are free to use the book in whatever way you think will benefit students. The earlier TPs (1-3) cover Grade 3 work; TPs 4-7 are moderate, covering work for Grades 3 & 4; while TPs 8-12 mirror the level and range of the Grade 4 Literacy Test. Each TP is broken down as shown below:

SECTIONSACTIVITYNO. OF ITEMSTIME ALLOCATEDDESCRIPTION
Section 1Word Recognition40 items6 minutesThe student is required to choose words that match pictures and vice versa
Section 2Reading Comprehension30 items40 minutesThe student is instructed to choose the correct answer to items that are based on comprehension passages, road signs, poems, tables and other interesting stimulus pieces.
Section 3Writing Tasks2 tasks40 minutesThe student has to complete a form and write a letter.

A Score Graph is included at the back of the book. This is designed to track the student?s progress over each TP. Another useful feature is the Schema that breaks down each TP into the elements of the literacy programme. This will help you to identify easily which areas of the exam he or she finds most challenging, as well as whether the student is ready to sit the exam.The grading of the TPs and the provision of the schema can help the teacher or parent to monitor the student?s progress closely and to intervene if necessary. For example, if the student consistently scores below average in a particular section or the entire test, you might want to provide extra help or more practice as a possible remedy. Also beneficial is that the student can use this book all throughout the exam preparation period. At the back, the answers are included on perforated pages and there is a specimen/sample answer sheet as well. This can be downloaded from the Carlong website and printed. We are sure that you will find this book useful in preparing the students for the Grade Four Literacy Skills exam.

Notes To Students:

Welcome to the exciting Carlong Literacy Skills - New Edition! This book will provide useful practice to prepare you for the Grade 4 Literacy Test.There are 12 tests in this test book. Each test is divided into three sections Word Recognition, Reading Comprehension and Writing Tasks. Each section is to be completed within a set time, as is done in the exam. This is to help you develop speed and accuracy in responding to items. You can ask your teacher or parent to help you monitor the time. You are to read the general instructions on the following page before starting each test and answer all items as directed. Don?t get worried, your friendly mascot will be with you throughout each Test Paper. The answers are provided at the back of the book and there is an answer sheet as well, which can also be downloaded from the Carlong website.Track your score as you do each test and that will help you to see how well you are doing. A Score Graph is included at the back of the book to help you with this.We know that you will enjoy using this test book and become better readers and writers.We invite you to visit us on the Carlong website and tell us if you find this book useful.All the best in your exam!