I know its just anxiety. Just anxiety. That’s a bit of an oxymoron. There’s no such thing as Just Anxiety. I know it’s anxiety. I can recognize that. That doesn’t make it better - doesn’t make it easier -- doesn’t make it go away. I know what I should do - what I need to do -- but it doesn’t matter much right now. I need to push forward. I need to do this.
It’s just a test. No, it’s not a test. As I’ve said so many times before, it’s an assessment -- an evaluation. It can’t be passed. It can’t be failed. But, for me, it can. It is. It’s about passing or failing. I need to join Mensa -- to run for the position of gifted child coordinator, a position that I desperately want. But, that’s not all.
It is an age-based assessment. If your child is 5 years old, (s)he will take the CogAT level 5. If your child is 7 years old, (s)he will take the CogAT level 7. Your child’s school may choose to administer an above-level assessment to identify children for a gifted and talented program. The school may also choose to administer a below-level assessment to assess students suspected of learning disabilities. To find out, ask your school's guidance counselor.
What is the PARCC test?
The PARCC test is a computerized assessment; the combined sections take between 8 and 9.5 hours to complete (grade level dependent). The test is typically administered over a number of days.