California STAR Grade 8th & 9th Mathematics (REA) - The Best Test Prep for CA Grade 8th & 9th Mathematics (Test Preps)

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9780738600208: California STAR Grade 8th & 9th Mathematics (REA) - The Best Test Prep for CA Grade 8th & 9th Mathematics (Test Preps)

REA Real review, Real practice, Real results.
REA's California Grade 8 STAR Math Study Guide!
Fully aligned with the core curriculum standards of  California
Are you prepared to excel on this state high-stakes assessment exam? 
* Take the diagnostic Pretest and find out what you know and what you should know
* Use REA's advice and tips to ready yourself for proper study and practice
Sharpen your knowledge and skills
* The book's full subject review refreshes knowledge and covers all topics on the official exam and includes numerous examples, diagrams, and charts to illustrate and reinforce key math lessons
* Smart and friendly lessons reinforce necessary skills
* Key tutorials enhance specific abilities needed on the test
* Targeted drills increase comprehension and help organize study
* Color icons and graphics highlight important concepts and tasks
Practice for real
* Create the closest experience to test-day conditions with a full-length practice Posttest
* Chart your progress with detailed explanations of each answer
* Boost confidence with test-taking strategies and focused drills
Ideal for Classroom, Family, or Solo Test Preparation!
REA has helped generations of students study smart and excel on the important tests. REA’s study guides for state-required exams are teacher-recommended and written by experts who have mastered the test.

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This book provides excellent preparation for eighth and ninth graders taking the STAR California Standards Tests, or CSTs, in Geometry and Algebra I.
We present a practice test, modeled on the typical CST format, and extensive drills that expose the student to the full range of material - in both Geometry and Algebra I - associated with course-specific and integrated CSTs. The practice test itself has the feel of an integrated CST. Course-specific tests are given as end-of-course assessments in school districts that teach math in the traditional sequence. The Integrated Mathematics CSTs are given in districts where content from more than one discipline is taught each year - in an integrated way that is not necessarily grade-specific.
Inside our book you will also find subject reviews designed to provide you with the information and strategies needed to do well on these exams. Detailed explanations follow the practice test. If you are having a problem with any type of question, this book tells you how to solve it.
Our Teacher's Answer Guide contains full explanations to the "Class and Homework Assignment" questions in the diagnostic tests at the back of this book. Teachers may obtain the answer guide by contacting REA.

California's CSTs are part of the larger STAR, or Standardized Testing and Reporting, program. Every spring, Golden State students in Grades 2 through 11 take a series of STAR tests, which seek both to measure students' progress against national peer standards and to assess students' mastery of standards set forth by the California Department of Education.
While the STAR Mathematics CSTs are untimed exams, the state reports that most students take 180 minutes to answer all 71 multiple-choice test questions for Grades 8 through 10. Of the 71 items, six are embedded field-test items.
The state mandate allows local educational agencies and teachers the flexibility to cover particular disciplines for Grades 8-12 without confining the coverage of any one subject (e.g., Algebra I) to a single grade. Thus, this book can be expected to have broad appeal for eighth and ninth graders.
More information is available on the STAR program's math CSTs by visiting the Web site of the California Department of Education at


What do I study first?
Read through the review and our suggestions for test-taking. Studying the review thoroughly will reinforce the basic skills you will need to do well on the test. Our practice drills and diagnostic tests feature five answer choices, whereas the actual exam has only four choices. This results in a greater challenge and more rigorous preparation.
The STAR CSTs' four-choice format is accurately reflected in our practice test, which you'll find in the back of this book. Our practice test is designed to capture the spirit of the CSTs, providing you with an experience that mimics the administration of the exam.

When should I start studying?
It is never too early to start studying for the exam. The earlier you begin, the more time you will have to sharpen your skills. Do not procrastinate! Cramming is not an effective way to study, since it does not allow you the time needed to learn the test material. The sooner you learn the format of the exam, the more time you will have to familiarize yourself with the exam content.

The review sections in this book are designed to help you sharpen the basic skills needed to approach the exam, as well as to provide strategies for attacking each type of question. You will also find exercises to reinforce what you have learned. By using the reviews in conjunction with the drills and practice test, you will put yourself in a position to succeed on the exam.

There are many ways to acquaint yourself with this type of examination and help alleviate your test-taking anxieties. Listed below are ways to help yourself.
Become comfortable with the format. When you are practicing, simulate the conditions under which you will be taking the actual test. Take the practice test in a quiet room, free of distractions. Stay calm and pace yourself. After simulating the test only a couple of times, you will boost your chances of doing well, and you will be able to sit down for the actual exam with much more confidence.
Read all of the possible answers. Just because you think you have found the correct response, do not automatically assume that it is the best answer. Read through each choice to be sure that you are not making a mistake by jumping to conclusions.
Use the process of elimination. Go through each answer to a question and eliminate those that are obviously incorrect. By eliminating two answer choices, you can vastly improve your chances of getting the item correct, since there will only be two choices left from which to make your guess. It is recommended that you attempt to answer each question, since your score is calculated based on how many questions you get right, and unanswered or incorrectly answered questions receive no credit.
Work quickly and steadily. Avoid focusing on any one problem for too long. Even so, you should never rush. Rushing leads to careless errors. Taking the practice test in this book will help you learn to budget your time.
Learn the directions and format for the test. Familiarizing yourself with the directions and format of the test will not only save time, but will also help you avoid anxiety (and the mistakes caused by getting anxious).
Work on the easier questions first. If you find yourself working too long on one question, make a mark next to it on your test booklet and continue. After you have answered all of the questions that you can, go back to the ones you have skipped.
Avoid errors when indicating your answers on the answer sheet. Marking one answer out of sequence can throw off your answer key and thus your score. Be extremely careful.
Eliminate obvious wrong answers. This ties in with using the process of elimination. Sometimes a question will have one or two answer choices that are a little odd. These answers will be obviously wrong for one of several reasons: they may be impossible given the conditions of the problem, they may violate mathematical rules or principles, or they may be illogical. Being able to spot obvious wrong answers before you finish a problem gives you an advantage because you will be able to make a better educated guess from the remaining choices even if you are unable to fully solve the problem.
Work from answer choices. One of the ways you can use a multiple-choice format to your advantage is to work backwards from the answer choices to solve a problem. This is not a strategy you can use all the time, but it can be helpful if you can just plug the choices into a given statement or equation. The answer choices can often narrow the scope of responses. You may be able to make an educated guess based on eliminating choices that you know do not fit into the problem.


Before the Test
On the day of the test, you should wake up early (hopefully, after a decent night's rest) and have a good breakfast. Make sure to dress comfortably, so that you are not distracted by being too hot or too cold while taking the test. Also plan on arriving at school early. This will allow you to collect your thoughts and relax before the test, and will also spare you the anguish that comes with being late.

During the Test
Follow all of the rules and instructions given by your teacher or test supervisor.
When all of the test materials have been passed out, you will receive directions for filling out your answer sheet. You must fill out this sheet carefully since this information will be printed on your score report. Fill out your name exactly as it appears on your identification documents, unless otherwise instructed.
You can write in your test booklet or on scratch paper, which will be provided. However, you must be sure to mark your answers in the appropriate spaces in the answer folder. Each numbered row will contain four ovals corresponding to each answer choice for that question. Fill in the oval that corresponds to your answer darkly, completely, and neatly. You can change your answer, but be sure to completely erase your old answer. Only one answer should be marked. This is very important, as your answer sheet will be machine-scored and stray lines or unnecessary marks may cause the machine to score your answers incorrectly.

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