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CAT Testing

Monarchs, Show Your Stuff!

March is a very important month at McMillan. Students will be taking the California Achievement Tests (CAT) during Homeroom. This section of the website will provide useful information for families to help prepare students for these vital assessments.

CAT Test Bell Schedule

Meeting Dates: March 13-16

Class Time
Homeroom 7:45-9:15
A1/B2 9:19-10:15 
A3/B4 10:15-11:15
A5/B6 11:19-1:20
A7/B8 1:24-2:30

CAT Testing Schedule

Tuesday, March 13
     Vocabulary
     Reading Comprehension

Wednesday, March 14
     Language Mechanics
     Language Expression

Thursday, March 15
     Math Computation
     Math Concepts/App

Friday, March 16
     8th Grade -
         Test of Cognitive Skills (TCS)

Know Your Test Taking Tips!

Approach Each Test with a POSITIVE Attitude!

Day 1 - March 5

      Tip #1 - Be well rested. Get a good night's sleep each night before the tests.
      Tip #2 - Eat a healthy breakfast. Remember you can eat breakfast at school from 7:15 - 7:30.
      Tip #3 -
Approach each test with a positive attitude!
     
Tip #4 - Follow Directions carefully.

      Tips for Taking a Vocabulary Test (Click Here)
               

Day 2 - March 6 

      Tip #1 - Read the questions for a selection first - Then read the selection.
      Tip #2 - Pace yourself throughout the test. 
                    Do not spend too much time on any one question.
                    If a question is too difficult, choose the answer you think is best and go on to the next question.
      Tip #3 - 
Go back and look at your answers.
                    
Do not change an answer unless you are sure that the first answer you picked is not correct.

      Tips for Taking a Reading Comprehension Test (Click Here)
               

 Day 3 - March 7 

      Tip #1 - Carefully mark the answer sheet. 
                     
Fill in the answer oval completely.
                     Avoid unnecessary marks.
      Tip #2 - Every now and then, check to make sure the test question number and the answer sheet number are the same. 
                    If the numbers are off, the machine that scores the test won't know they're off.
      Tip #3 - Skip the questions you don't know and return to them later.
                    
Do not waste a lot of time on one question until you've answered those questions that you do know.

      Tips for Taking a Language Mechanics Test (Click Here)
      

Day 4 - March 8 

      Tip #1 - Narrow your answer choices. 
                    
Eliminate the answers you know aren't possible.
                    Pick the best answer from those choices left.

      Tip #2 - Watch for words like always, never, all, and none. 
                    These words usually include or exclude most responses.
      Tip #3 - Go back and look at your answers.
                    
Do not change an answer unless you are sure that the first answer you picked is not correct.

      Tips for Taking a Language Expression Test (Click Here)
               

Day 5 - March 9

      Tip #1 - Listen carefully to all directions. 
      Tip #2 -
Pace yourself throughout the test. 
                    Do not spend too much time on any one question.
                    If you a question is difficult for you, choose the answer you think is best and go on to the next question.

     
Tip #3 - Answer every question of the test! 
                    There is no penalty for guessing if you run out of time.

   Tips for Taking a Math Computation Test (Click Here)
               

Day 6 - March 12 

      Tip #1 - Usually your first answer is correct. 
                     
Change an answer only if you are sure that the change is correct
.
      Tip #2 -  Eliminate obviously wrong choices.
                     Try the easier choices first.
 
      Tip #3 - Carefully examine illustrations and charts.
                    
Read all labels carefully.

      Tips for Taking a Math Concepts and Application Test (Click Here)

 

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