A test can show where they had difficulty and, perhaps, why.
That is especially important in subjects that build on earlier learning. (Kids who can't multiply and divide won't be able to understand fractions.)
When your child brings home a graded test paper, sit down and discuss it. Talk about both right and wrong answers. When you see a wrong answer, ask your child to explain why she answered as she did.
Sometimes children know the right answer, but express it incorrectly. Other times, they may need to review some material.
It helps to talk about how well your child used his time during the test. Did he finish? (If so, should he have spent time checking his work?) Did guessing help? Helping children learn to take tests builds confidence the next time.
Finally, look to see what the teacher has written. Are there any suggestions for improvement? If you have any questions, be sure to contact your child's teacher.
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