warning them that some items may be things they have never learned and not to worry about it would help?
I did warn DD, but she still got upset when for screen after screen, she didn't understand the question, let along being able to figure out the answer. She had never even heard of division, fractions, or place value beyond tens before, yet it still asked multiple questions on each of these topics. I think that the test didn't "adapt" to my daughter very well since it brought up these topics, even though she had clearly not mastered other, simpler skills (like the 25 > 19 example I gave in my previous post).
It takes my slowest child about an hour to take the DORA test.
An hour? - nice to know that in advance. It almost seems it would have to replace the reading/math lesson for the day.
Definately replace at least the reading/math lesson for the day. When we did the testing, we didn't do any other school for the day.
I think the DORA test adapts itself to last about an hour no matter the skill level of the kid. DD has taken the DORA test twice (in different years). Both times it took about an hour, even though she was at different skill levels.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you can take breaks in the middle of the test, or even spread the test across multiple days.
I am not sure what the pp meant by it is all the same, just harder words since that wasn't really our experience. There are various parts to the test that test various skills - timed reading, spelling, reading a passage and answering comprehension questions, etc.
Sorry, I wasn't clear. Yes, there are different skills tested: reading, spelling, reading comprehension, etc. However, for each skill, the question format is the same. For example, on several sections the computer says a word and has the child pick the written word. It started with easy words and then the words got harder. Even with the hard words, DD still understood what she was supposed to do: e.g. pick the matching word. For vocabulary, you pick the picture that goes with the word, and the words just get harder. For spelling, it says the word and has the child spell it. It didn't bother DD, and sometimes she didn't even notice, when she picked or typed the wrong answer. This was a big contrast to the DOMA test when DD was presented with math questions where she had no clue what she was even being asked to do (and IMHO she shouldn't have even been asked the question).
Edited by Kuovonne, 22 May 2010 - 04:05 PM.