Learning for Life Starter Kit Presented by Meagen F.

Howe of Farrell Ink April 2010

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This training is provided FREE by Farrell Ink, LLC thanks to the Sandra Sullivan Learning for Life Program. The Sandra Sullivan Learning for Life Program of the West Side Catholic Center in Cleveland, Ohio supports 6 non-profits & faith communities to provide cost effective, volunteer-based adult education tutoring. You may duplicate, present, or print this training FREE for non-commercial purposes and can customize it as long as you attribute the Sandra Sullivan Learning for Life Program. (No plagiarism, please!)

What¶s really on the GED test? ` Overview of TABE Advanced Level Tests. ` Practice scoring TABE Advanced Level Tests, focused on Writing. ` How does TABE Advanced Level compare to the GED tests?
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High school graduation equivalency

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The GED measures 10th grade level skills: the same level as high school graduation tests. Adults who pass the GED test have been shown to have the same functional skill levels as those with a high school diploma.

NO WAY! Here¶s the only ontent knowledge consistently on the GED:
So ial Studie : basic knowledge of U.S. history & civics- three branches of Federal Gov¶t, major wars, recent Presidents. Math: mechanics of fractions, decimals & percents. Gives you all the needed geometry formulas! Writing: recognize (not name) good sentence structure & paragraph organization.

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Use proper sentence structure & paragraph organization in an original e ay. Vi ual litera y: interpret graphs, diagrams, charts, cartoons. Multi-step math word problem . Use Casio fx260 calculator on half of the test. Understand 10th grade vocabulary from de oding and ontext lue . Bloom¶ Taxonomy: comprehend, compare & contrast, recognize bias, apply given info to given situations, break into components.

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³You will have 45 minute to write on a topi that they will give you. Take 10 minutes to plan the outline of your essay on scrap paper, and 10 minutes at the end to review your essay. Writing every other line will allow you to cross out and make any changes. The most important thing is to addre the topi . You can write the greatest essay in the world, but if it¶s not on topic, you won¶t pass.

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To organize, try using the paragraph essay. A paragraph is at least 2-3 sentences. The introdu tion starts general with the topic then gets specific with the main idea. Then there are three body paragraph , each with one example or detail supporting the main idea. The conclu ion rephrases the main idea then gets general again. Explain how it relates to the reader. I call this the ³Who cares?´ paragraph.

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You are graded on grammar pelling, but its balanced by word choice. Don¶t say, ³I like the beach´; write, ³I love the feel of the sand between my toes.´ It¶s better to use a bigger or better word & spell it wrong than not to try at all. When you practice writing essays, use a thesaurus to look up new words. Type your essay on the computer which will underline misspelled words in red. When you misspell a word, practice writing it correctly fifteen times. But always remember this: write only about the topic they give you!´

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What is one important goal you would like to achieve in the next few years? In your essay, identify that goal. Explain how you plan to achieve it. Use your personal observations, experience and knowledge to support your essay.

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From GEDWriting.com, see website for Sample Essays

Anything printed in a test or book deals with some past issue. Connect to today¶s news at: http://cagle.com/politicalcartoons/
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In the words of my Art History Professor: ³Get stupid. Tell me what you see.´

Visual Literacy in Science
GED Question from GEDScience.com: ³Which of the following correctly explains the flow of blood through the heart?´

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USE THE CASIO CALCULATOR! Many students fail the timed test because they used the calculator incorrectly or not at all. MULTI-STEP WORD PROBLEMS.
If a = 2 and b = 3, find the value of 1/a ± 1/b + 1/ab

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READ GRAPHS CHARTS: The best way to read them is to make them & then present them. This also builds 21st century skills.
1. Line graphs, pie charts, & coordinate planes.

Measuring high school skills

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Subject Reading Survey Math Computation Survey Applied Math Survey Language Survey Writing (Essay) Algebra/Geometry (2 parts) Science Social Studies

Form 9 & 10 9 & 10 9 & 10 9 & 10 9 & 10 9 9 9

Time 2 min 1 min 2 min 2 min 4 min 60 min 3 min 3 min

Measures 9.0-12.9 grade level Not exactly like the GED test

Predicts GED score

Give to students likely to pass

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2 minutes each May be given during student orientation Correlates to GED score, not exactly like GED tests Can use TABE Profile for skills mastered If ready on one or both tests, can start giving other TABE Level A

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The Starting Point

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Longest test:
2 min Language 4 min Essay

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U e cratch paper & collect at the end Total score = Language score + Essay 1st Reader + Essay 2nd Reader

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Combined Test

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2 parts, 30 min each Can use Casio fx-260 calculator on all U e cratch paper & collect at the end Tests for skills beyond Applied Math Level A, specifically designed for GED readiness

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2 tests, 3 min each Can give separately Designed to be similar to GED tests

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Since only one form of test (9, no 10) wait 6 month before testing again

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TABE Advanced Level Test Directions & Scoring Tables Compuscan Answer Sheets for all TABE If requested:
TABE Survey Norms Book Casio fx-260 calculators Pencils

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Should be screened with Washington 13 (Learning Needs Screening Tool) before taking TABE test on day 1 Adaptation can be given on TABE as deemed appropriate by administrator Accommodation must be requested & officially approved by GED state office before official GED testing

Ready for the GED test?

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Reading, Applied Math, Language Get number correct (NC) Use to find scale score (SS) & grade equivalent (GE): 10.9+ is GED ready Find estimated GED scores in the back of the 9/10 Survey Norms book for levels D & A

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Algebra/Geometry, Science & Social Studies Use answer key to get number correct (NC) Use Advanced Level Scoring Tables for each test Find estimated GED score on pages -6 in CTB¶s ³Linking Report´ available as PDF online (click this link).

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Must have two reader and two e ay core . 2 or more in all areas is passing. Total score is Language + 2 Writing Scores. Each reader grade 1-4 in each of areas, take the average (add all subscores and divide by ):
Response to the Prompt Organization Development & Details Conventions of Edited American English (EAE) Word Choice

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Essay Scoring Guide here as HTML or here as PDF

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Inadequate Marginal Does not Response to Focus may address the Prompt shift. prompt. Some Does not Organization evidence of a organize. plan.

Effective Clearly Establishes a focused main main idea. idea. Clear and Identifiable logical organization. organization. Uneven Specific and Vague & lacks Development Little or no development; relevant specific some specific details and and Details development details. detail. examples. Conventions Some No sentence of Edited Inconsistent sentence Consistently structure, American structure & use of EAE. uses EAE. little EAE. English EAE. Weak or Narrow range Exhibits Varied and Word Choice incorrect of word appropriate precise word words. choice. word choice. choice.

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The ³standard´ conventions of spelling and grammar used by most dictionaries and for formal writing purposes. People who are successful in college & workforce learn ³code-switching´: how to speak and/or write differently for different contexts and audiences.

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Provided in Writing Administration Manual to help scoring, and at GEDWriting.com (Score 0: Does not respond to prompt) Score 1: No focus, organization, details, with weak words and poor control of EAE Score 2: Addresses prompt, some organization, some development (few details), inconsistent control of EAE, narrow word choice

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Score 3: Uses prompt to establish main idea, organizational plan, some specific details, general control of EAE, appropriate word choice. Score 4: Responds to prompt with clear main idea, logical organization, specific & relevant details, consistent correct of EAE, varied & precise word choice

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Find number correct on Language Survey Level A (Form 9 or 10)

Add 1st reader¶s essay score & 2nd reader¶s essay score to get the ³Raw Score´ up to 33

In the back of the Writing Admini tration Scoring Manual (page 19) use the Raw Score to find the Scale Score

In Appendix D (page 24) use the range of scale score to find the GED estimated score

To pass the GED, you need:
‡ Minimum 410 score in all subjects ‡ Total 22 0 score (average 450 in each subject)

Is student looking at college & scholarships?
‡ College placement tests (ex. COMPASS @ Cuyahoga Community College) are at higher level of difficulty than GED test in math (advanced Alg/Geo) and writing (varied compo ition re earch kill ) ‡ Aim for at least 500 average«up to 650 for some scholarships!

Am I really ready?

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Before releasing estimated GED scores, CTB did hefty research to test what scores on the TABE test predicted which GED scores TABE Algebra/Geometry, Science, Social Studies & Writing are designed to look very similar to the GED test content but are not quite as difficult Steck Vaughn publishes GED practice tests to official practice test centers (but Ohio no longer offers GED fee waiver if GED practice tests are passed)

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25 questions 25 minutes Tests reading comprehension, vocab, & constructing meaning in a variety of printed materials.

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40 questions 65 minutes Tests comprehension & higher order thinking skills reading text only:
Prose fiction Non-fiction (articles, etc) Poetry Drama

TABE Reading 9/10

GED Language Arts, Reading Test

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25 questions, 25 min Essay: 45 minutes Tests language usage, mechanics, sentence formation, paragraph development. Essay scores added to multiple choice score

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50 questions, 75 min Essay: 45 minutes Multiple choice questions to revise & edit workplace, ³how to´ and informational documents. Use rubric to find score at intersection of mult. choice & essay score

TABE Language 9/10

GED Language Arts, Writing Test

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Math Computation: 25 questions, 15 min Applied Math: 25 questions, 25 minutes Alg/Geo: 2 parts each 30 questions & 30 min Can use a 4 function calculator for applied & scientific calculator for algebra/geometry.

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2 parts each 25 questions & 45 min Can only use calculator on part 1 100% word problems Must use Casio fx-260 calculator (provided)

TABE Math Tests

GED Math Test

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Science & Social Studies:
35 questions 35 minutes

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Science:
50 questions 80 minutes

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Social Studies
50 questions 70 minutes

Fairly similar in content to GED tests but not as difficult

TABE Science & SS

GED Science & SS

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What is one major summary point you will remember from this training?

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True/False The TABE Level A tests and the GED tests are equal. True/False The TABE Level A tests can predict a student¶s ability to pass GED test. True/False Students must memorize lots of content before they can pass the GED test. An essay automatically does not pass if the writer does not:
Spell correctly Include 5 paragraphs Respond to the prompt

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False: the GED test is longer with small content differences True: CTB did extensive research to correlate TABE Level A and GED scores False: the GED requires math & language mechanics but emphasizes comprehension, analysis and application Respond to the prompt. The best essay in the world will not pass if it¶s not on the given topic.

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This training is just one in a series! We recommend all Student Orientation Leaders also complete the training:
Facilitating New Student Orientation

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Site Managers who administer TABE for instructional purposes should check out:
Assigning Materials Based on TABE 9/10 Survey Administering TABE 9/10 Survey

God, thank you for the mustard seed although it is so small. God, thank you for the plant that grows up largest of them all. God, thank you for the birds that sing in branches that reach wide. God, thank you for the words you teach while walking by my side. God, give us love and strength to meet each other¶s human need. God, bury me to rise again just like the mustard seed.

AMEN

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We hope this is enough to get you started administering the TABE Advanced Level tests! This training is FREE! If you would like to support our ongoing work, please donate to the West Side Catholic Center with the memo: ³Sullivan Learning Center.´
3135 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113 (216) 631-4741, ask for Susan Ertle at x132

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