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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that That Quiz is a free, online testing tool. Kids can use it to practice on their own or take assigned tests from their teachers. Teachers will only see the results if they're from a test they assigned on their classroom page. When kids take quizzes on their own, no results are saved.
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What's it about?
THAT QUIZ is a free site that lets kids practice online multiple-choice, matching, and short-answer tests. Most of its content is math-oriented, with quizzes on arithmetic to calculus, but it also includes tests on science, geography, and four languages. Click on a quiz like \"Shapes\" and you're presented with the image of a rectangle and four multiple-choice options. Guess correctly, and your right answer will be recorded in the upper-right-hand corner. You can also choose which shapes you'd like to be quizzed on, whether you want the quiz to be timed, and a handful of other customizable options. Each assessment is graded by the site, and kids get immediate feedback.
Is it any good?
That Quiz can be a very useful learning tool; it immediately lets kids see their scores, what they got wrong, and the correct answer. It's not very snazzy or modern, with a simple gray screen as the background for all quizzes, but that could be a plus for kids with focus problems. It also makes it easy for teachers (or any grown-ups designing quizzes) to tweak quiz content for individual kids. Lots of questions only assess memorization -- of, for example, the periodic table or the location of countries in Africa -- whereas advanced math problems are less straightforward and involve more complex ideas. Either way, this website is a nice option for kids who want to strengthen their test-taking skills.
Talk to your kids about ...
Discuss with your kids the difference between memorizing and understanding. When is memorization important?
Families also can talk about how kids feel about tests. Do your kids get nervous? What are some ways to manage test-taking anxiety?
Celebrate your child's success and encourage her when she's struggling; emphasize how much she's learned over time.
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