"Test taking is NOT a life skill. Reading, writing, math, etc are life skills."
Working on well written open ended responses, and comprehending the text enough to answer the multiple choice questions ARE important life skills. Children who can not respond properly in a written manner are sure to fall behind. If you've ever read a note from a parent, an email regarding a business issue, or even a Facebook post that is difficult to comprehend, you know the importance of this skill. In my opinion, the more practice a student gets in an area, the less stressful it will be on them when the "real thing" arrives. How scared would you feel if you we're asked to take a driving test without practice on the road first? It would be overwhelming, and there would probably be careless mistakes made. Keep up the great work, it'll show in your results :)
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