students don't test well

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Math 1911 Dr. Coughlin My Child Doesn’t Test Well The main point of the passage by Lloyd Bond explores the phenomena of many students who perform very well in the classroom, are gifted writers, and achieve good scores in class, do not achieve great marks in standard multiple choice tests. Bond cites many factors that might lead to this phenomenon. Four factors are test anxiety, lack of test sophistication, lack of automaticity, and test bias. To prove his point, the author looks at the example of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Considered one of the world’s most gifted orators, Luther, a very talented student, did very poorly on the GRE. A researcher named Fred Pyrczak found that some students could identify the correct answer to problems on a passage without reading the passage. Many students, Lloyd says, do not use this to their advantage. Also, the author states that lack of test automaticity leads to poor test scores.
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Unformatted text preview: Students who can’t solve the basic math addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and basic algebra problems in their heads are at a huge disadvantage when it comes to testing, as reaching for a calculator slows their test taking time down incredibly. The author’s point is indeed valid. The author smoothly makes his point, presents possible reasons why students do not test well, and offers examples to back them up. There really aren’t any gaps in the author’s presentation, for he backs up every point he makes with either personal evidence or the evidence of people who have experienced the test taking dilemma. I felt that the author presented the evidence very well and on several levels. The author presents the perspectives of students, a famous orator, and test studies. He should have included students from every form of schooling as well....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course MATH 1911 taught by Professor Coughlin during the Fall '07 term at Temple.

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