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Afficient Academy Learning Center
19690 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Cupertino, California 95014
Title: Preparation for Middle School Math Placement Test
Presenter: Dr. Jiayuan Fang, Founder & CEO, Afficient Academy
Where: Afficient Academy Learning Center
19690 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014
Date: Sunday, January 13, 2019
Time: 2:30 -3:00 pm: Presentation by Dr. Jiayuan Fang
3:00- 4:30 pm: Student Diagnostic Tests
Diagnostic Test: Each student takes about 20-60 minutes to complete the test. During and after the test, parents can discuss Afficient Academy’s programs, student’s test results, and student review and preparation plans with Afficient Academy teachers who will stay on the site till 6:00 pm.
Almost all public schools have multiple math tracks starting from the 6th grade. The math placement test usually takes place in the second semester of grade 5 and 6. The outcome of the placement test determines whether a student enters a fast or a slow math track as the student enrolls in the following semester.
The impact of this math placement test is not just for one year in the middle school, but rather determines the student’s entire math pathway in middle and high schools, including whether the student has AP-Calculus result available when the student applies for colleges in 12th grade.
Many parents are not aware of the impacts of the math placement test until the placements of their children are determined or even later. Their negligence may leave their children unprepared and resulted in an undesirable outcome which has lasting impacts on their children.
This seminar gives an introduction of middle school math placement test in nearby school districts. The impacts of the math placement test will be illustrated. The format and style of some popular placement tests (including MARS Performance Tasks, NWEA computer adaptive test, etc.) will be explained.
The significance of the placement tests necessitates a serious preparation of the tests.
To achieve a high score of MARS Performance Task test, students need to deeply understand grade-level materials, able to convert word descriptions to mathematical models, solve the problems mathematically, and very importantly, clearly explain how they figure the problems out.
To gain competitive advantage and stand out in cross-grade computer adaptive NWEA test, one not only needs to be proficient in current grade-level materials but also be able to move the test towards upper-grade contents.
Afficient Academy’s computerized intelligent adaptive math program together with Learning Center teacher supervision have been proven to be very effective to help students build a solid foundation and advance to upper-grade levels efficiently. In the past several years, Afficient Academy has helped many students significantly enhance their math skills, and be successful in their placement tests.
Not much time is left for the upcoming math placement tests which will happen in March and April of this year. Time is tight especially for those who have not yet started any preparation for the placement test. Depending on each individual’s situation, each student may need a personalized plan to bring the skills of previous and current grade materials to proficient level, then learn and master higher grades as much as possible. In addition to our Afficient Math program, we will offer focused classes in late January to mid-February on preparing paper-and-pencil style MARS Performance Task test, specifically train students to build up mathematical models from word descriptions, and explain their solutions in writing.
Parents of 5th and 6th graders are especially welcome to attend this seminar. Please register to save your seat.