How Can I Help My Child Get Ready for the NAPLAN Test?

Instructor: Bill Sands
The National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) may seem like a daunting assessment, but with proper preparation, your child can be confident on test day. Read on to learn how you can help your child get ready for this test.

How to Help Your Child Prepare for the NAPLAN Test

The NAPLAN is a test that gauges students' knowledge, skills, and abilities over an extended amount of time. Unlike other standardized tests, the NAPLAN does not include any specific subjects that students need to study. Instead, it generally examines students' understanding and advancement in literacy and numeracy. Without any official subjects being tested, it may seem difficult to help your child study for the test. However, this doesn't have to be the case. There are several ways in which you can ensure your child's preparation for the NAPLAN.

Use Study Guides

While the National Assessment Program may not have any official review materials, there are still other sources of information that you can use on to help your child get ready for the test.

Study.com offers extensive preparation courses for each year of the NAPLAN test. Each course includes short video and text lessons which make learning and reviewing easy and fun. Lessons in the courses are followed by short quizzes to assess understanding, and more in-depth exams can be found throughout each course. We also provide printable worksheets that can be used for study time. All of our courses are mobile-friendly, and they can be used on a computer, smartphone, or a tablet.

Encourage a Love for Learning

One of the best ways to prepare your child for the NAPLAN is to foster a love for learning since technically, your child is preparing for the NAPLAN every time he or she is in school, as the test is a reflection of the lessons and information learned in the classroom. If you wish for your child to receive a strong score on the NAPLAN, you will need to foster good study habits so that when test day comes, your child is feeling comfortable and confident.

Above all, it's important that you provide a positive approach when it comes to learning. Your child should view education as an informative and entertaining experience, not a monotonous chore that needs to be completed. If your child truly enjoys learning, he or she will be far more likely to succeed than a student who dreads school.

Communicate With Teachers

Another excellent way to help your child prepare for the NAPLAN test is to frequently communicate with your child's teacher. By opening the lines of communication with the teacher, you can build a positive relationship between the home and school and improve your child's academic achievement. Communication can come in the form of email, phone calls, or parent-teacher conferences. Teachers are trained professionals, and their experience with both the NAPLAN and your child can lead to invaluable insights. These professionals understand the formatting of the test and can help you if you have any questions about it. You can also ask the teacher if there are any areas of study that your child needs extra help with. Using the information you've gained from the teacher, you can help your child put in additional practice at home.

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