Texas TAKS Exit Level Mathematics (REA) - The Best Test Prep (Test Preps)

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REA's new Mathematics test prep for the required Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) high school exit level exam provides all the instruction and practice students need to excel. The book's review features all 10 objectives: Functional Relationships; Properties and Attributes of Functions; Linear Functions; Linear Equations and Inequalities, Quadratic and Other Nonlinear Functions, Geometric Relationships and Spatial Reasoning; 2-D and 3-D Representations; Measurement; Percents, Proportions, Probability, and Statistics; and Mathematical Processes and Tools. Includes 2 full-length practice tests, detailed explanations to all answers, a study guide, and test-taking strategies to boost confidence. 

Details:
-Fully aligned with the objectives adopted by the Texas Education Agency
-Two full-length practice tests pinpoint weaknesses and measure progress
- Drills help students organize, comprehend, and practice
- Lessons enhance necessary mathematics skills
-Confidence-building tips reduce test anxiety and boost test-day readiness
REA ... Real review, Real practice, Real results.

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About This Book

 

This book will provide you with an accurate and complete representation of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) in mathematics. Inside you will find reviews that are designed to provide you with the information and strategies needed to

do well on these tests. Two practice tests based on the official TAKS are included. These

practice tests contain every type of question that you can expect to encounter on the TAKS. Following each practice test, you will find answer keys with detailed explanations

designed to help you completely understand the material. Answer keys and explanations

at the end of each chapter will help you to understand the exercises within the chapter.

 

About the Test

 

Who Takes These Tests and What Are They Used For?

 

The Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills is given in grades 3 through 11. The TAKS is aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) curriculum

framework objectives that were adopted by the State Board of Education to test students’

knowledge in mathematics, reading/English language arts, science, and social studies. To earn a Texas high school diploma, students will have to demonstrate that they have achieved the standards on the grade 11 tests.

 

Is There a Registration Fee?

 

No. Because all Texas public high school students are required to take the TAKS

and pass each part of the test to receive a high-school diploma, no fee is required.

 

When and Where Is the Test Given?

 

The TAKS is administered annually in selected grades. Testing periods are scheduled

for the spring of each year, and retests are administered in the fall. All students must pass the grade 11 tests to graduate. Students who do not pass these tests will be retested in grade 12. Tests are given in the individual schools. The TAKS is not timed, but students are expected to finish the test within a couple of hours.

 

Test Accommodations and Special Situations

 

All students educated with public funds are required to take the TAKS. Very rarely is an exemption granted. Special education and disabled students are required to take the TAKS. Every effort is made to accommodate students with disabilities who take the TAKS and seek a standard high-school diploma. For example, the timing or scheduling of the test can be altered according to a student’s medical needs. Changes also can be made to the test setting, how the test is presented, and the manner in which the student responds to test questions to accommodate specific needs. Students with significant disabilities who are unable to take the standard TAKS tests even with accommodations participate in the TAKS Alternate Assessment (TAKS-Alt).

 

English language learners (ELL) are also required to take the TAKS. Spanish versions

of the TAKS are available in grades 3 through 6. After grade 6, the TAKS is available

only in English.

 

Additional Information and Support

 

Additional resources to help you prepare to take the TAKS can be found on the Texas Department of Education website at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/

 

How to Use This Book

 

What Do I Study First?

 

Read over the review sections and the suggestions for test taking. Studying the review sections thoroughly will reinforce the basic skills you need to do well on the test. Be sure to take the practice tests to become familiar with the format and procedures involved with taking the actual TAKS.

 

When Should I Start Studying?

 

It is never too early to start studying for the TAKS. 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 because it doesn’t 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.

 

Overview of the TAKS in Mathematics

 

Each TAKS test has 60 questions based on the learning standards in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for mathematics. The TAKS objectives for mathematics identify the four major content strands listed below.

 

Algebra

Geometry

Precalculus

Mathematical Goals with Applications

 

Most test items on the TAKS are multiple-choice format with four answer choices.

There are a limited number of open-response questions for which students fill in

responses in a grid.

 

Standards

 

Objective 1: The student will describe functional relationships in a variety of ways.

 

A(b)(1) Foundations for functions. The student understands that a function represents

a dependence of one quantity on another and can be described in a variety of ways.

(A) The student describes independent and dependent quantities in functional

relationships.

(B) The student [gathers and records data, or] uses data sets, to determine functional (systematic) relationships between quantities.

(C) The student describes functional relationships for given problem situations and writes equations or inequalities to answer questions arising from the situations.

(D) The student represents relationships among quantities using [concrete] models, tables, graphs, diagrams, verbal descriptions, equations, and inequalities.

(E) The student interprets and makes inferences from functional relationships.

 

Objective 2: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the properties and attributes of functions.

 

A(b)(2) Foundations for functions. The student uses the properties and attributes of functions.

(A) The student identifies [and sketches] the general forms of linear (y 5 x) and quadratic (y 5 x2) parent functions.

(B) For a variety of situations, the student identifies the mathematical domains and ranges and determines reasonable domain and range values for given situations.

(C) The student interprets situations in terms of given graphs [or creates situations that fit given graphs].

(D) In solving problems, the student [collects and] organizes data, [makes and] interprets scatter plots, and models, predicts, and makes decisions and critical judgments

A(b)(3) Foundations for functions. The student understands how algebra can be used to express generalizations and recognizes and uses the power of symbols to represent situations.

(A) The student uses symbols to represent unknowns and variables.

(B) Given situations, the student looks for patterns and represents generalizations

algebraically.

A(b)(4) Foundations for functions. The student understands the importance of the skills required to manipulate symbols in order to solve problems and uses the necessary

algebraic skills required to simplify algebraic expressions and solve equations and inequalities in problem situations.

(A) The student finds specific function values, simplifies polynomial expressions,

transforms and solves equations, and factors as necessary in problem situations.

(B) The student uses the commutative, associative, and distributive properties to simplify algebraic expressions.

 

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