Test Taking Skills

The Study Zone helps students prepare for a variety of tests:

  • Regents Exam
  • Elementary (pre-K-5th grade)
  • Intermediate (6-8th grade)

Dedicated to secondary school topics, the Regents Exam section provides access to old exams, references, online resources, and study cards. For example, the chemistry area covers ten topics, including atomic concepts, periodic table, kinetics/equilibrium, oxidation-reduction, organic chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Both Math A and Math B address seven topics in math, including math reasoning, operations, measurement, and uncertainty, and include graphing calculator guidelines, formula sheets, and study tips. Global history and geography, and U.S. history and geography address sixteen topics, including diversity, economic systems, power, imperialism, and interdependence.

The Intermediate area addresses the sort of topics that sixth- to eighth-graders will encounter on exams: English/Language Arts, Social Studies, and Math. English/Language Arts and Math include two sections each, grades 5-6 and 7-8, while the Social Studies area currently addresses grades 7-8. Linked to (New York) standards, the topics addressed in the English/Language Arts area are:

  1. Read, write, listen, and speak for information and understanding.
  2. Read, write, listen, and speak for literary response and expression.
  3. Read, write, listen, and speak for critical analysis and evaluation.
  4. Read, write, listen, and speak for social interaction.

The math area includes standard math topics (math reasoning, numbers and numeration, operations, modeling/multiple representation, measurement, uncertainty, and patterns and functions.

Each section offers users a variety of helpful segments, including practice questions, test samplers, standards, and parent, student, and teacher tips.

For younger children, the Elementary area focuses on English/Language Arts, Social Studies, and Math.

  • Click on a topic.
  • Click on the index for pre-K to fourth grade.
  • Click grades 3-5 for the Social Studies section.
  • Find lessons, practices, interactive games, teacher resources, and literature links prepared by teachers to address topics within the English/Language Arts and Math areas.

Find DBQs (document-based questions) and CRQs (constructed-response questions, involving answers that require the use of information from charts, graphs, and illustrations) as examples in a number of the sections.

FYI: a number of areas at this site are under construction, but there are many, many resources for every grade level already available.

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