Middle School Placement Tests
Middle School Placement Tests — Math and Language Arts
At Keystone, we support each student's unique strengths and interests with an engaging middle school curriculum that helps students master lesson objectives and prepare for high school. Keystone middle school curriculum is based on a learner-centered model that draws from current educational research, designed to help diverse learners thrive.
As you incorporate Keystone middle school curriculum into your student's learning plan, placement exams can help you determine the best courses in math and language arts. By taking the time to have your child complete one or more of our middle school placement tests, you can better determine which level math or language arts course will be the best fit.
Before taking the exam, please review the guidelines below. Then, follow the grading instructions below.
Preparing to Take Middle School Placement Tests
Students should be given at least one hour to complete each middle school placement test in an area with little to no distractions. If they cannot complete the exam in one sitting, plan on finishing it in no more than two sessions.
Take a short amount of time prior to beginning the exam to set up your child's work area, avoiding high traffic areas of your home. Be sure your child has access to paper and pencils so you don't have to search for these items when needed.
Taking Middle School Placement Tests
Each test can be accessed at the links below. Eighth grade Language Arts is a required course to demonstrate completion of 8th grade for high school enrollment.
Please keep in mind these requirements when administering and taking the middle school placement exams:
All questions should be attempted.
Use the space provided and the back of the exam sheet if needed to solve problems. Write the answer in the proper location.
Answer each question completely and avoid answers containing more than one possibility. Your child should feel confident about their answer.
If your child is undoubtedly stuck on a question, leave it blank.
Your child should do their own work with no outside resources or support from family or friends. If your child doesn't do their own work, the results will not accurately reflect their placement level and they may enroll in a course for which they are not ready.
The results are yours to keep and are not shared with Keystone in any way unless you choose to do so.
Grading Middle School Placement Tests
A parent, guardian, teacher, tutor or other educational professional may grade the exam using the following keys:
Please keep in mind these requirements when grading the middle school placement tests:
All answers should be marked as "Correct" or "Incorrect". One ("1") point should be awarded for each correct answer.
The essay question is worth 20 points. Use the essay table section of the answer key to determine the score.
At the bottom of each page, record the total points awarded for that page.
Using the Results Table locate the exam by name. Next, locate the score that was achieved on the exam. Corresponding to this score, you will find a recommended action plan.
The results may indicate the need to complete another middle school placement test. If so, choose the correct placement exam above and complete it as noted.
Once all appropriate exams have been completed, course selections can be made. Be sure to refer to the Results Table for additional suggestions for choosing courses. After choosing your courses, view the course catalog for course details.
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