Extra Time on Tests: Does It Work? – Shrinking It Down
The answer is, it depends.
When “extra time” on tests first began decades ago, the goal was to level the playing field for students with learning disabilities by allotting them the same amount of time that everyone else had. Today, it seems every parent thinks their kid could benefit from extra time on tests, and in some cases will go to great lengths to get it. But does extra time really help a student to score higher on exams?
On today’s episode of Shrinking It Down, Dr. Gene Beresin and Dr. Ellen Braaten discuss the three types of specific learning disabilities for which a child might benefit from extra time on tests, and the types of struggles and disorders for which extra time won’t help a child (even if they can get it). Plus, tips to support kids in test taking, no matter what their challenges, including how to manage anxiety and organizational skills.
Thank you for joining in this conversation. Have questions or comments about extra time on tests or learning and attention issues? Write to us!
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Episode produced by Sara Rattigan
Music by Gene Beresin
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