Kindergarten Readiness Test

As your child nears kindergarten age, you will likely experience a range of emotions. You’re sad that your baby is now a kid, apprehensive about whether he’s ready for school, worried about him making friends, and – if you live in a school district that requires it – anxious about the kindergarten readiness test. The test is meant to assess whether your child has the cognitive abilities, along with fine and gross motor skills, he’ll need to succeed in kindergarten.

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The kindergarten readiness test helps you and a school determine if your child is ready for kindergarten.

But there’s no need for test-taking anxiety on the part of you or your child. All children develop at their own pace. The kindergarten readiness test is a helpful way to determine whether your child is prepared to start school, or would benefit from another year of growing. And just because your child didn’t meet all of the requirements the first time around doesn’t mean that he can’t do significantly better next time.

Read: “Checklist: Ready for Kindergarten”

Here are some of the areas that are generally tested, with examples of each, from School Sparks:

Gross Motor Skills

  • Hopping on one foot
  • Dressing himself
  • Kicking a stationary ball with accuracy
  • Walking forward and backward on a straight line

Fine Motor Skills

  • Correctly using a spoon and fork
  • Correctly using scissors to cut in a straight line
  • Correctly drawing a circle, square, triangle, and an X
  • Properly holding a pencil or crayon

Auditory Processing

  • Understanding positional words (up, down, beside, over, near, far)
  • Following one-step directions without needing them repeated
  • Following multiple-step directions without needing them repeated
  • Responding appropriately to questions (Where do you live? How many siblings do you have?)
  • Identifying common sounds (barking dog, car horn, bell ringing)

Visual Discrimination

  • Identifying colors and shapes by name
  • Being able to point out specific items on a piece of paper
  • Describing the differences between two items (This hat is larger and brown, that one is smaller and black)

Letter/Word Awareness

  • Spelling his first name
  • Pointing out upper case letters
  • Producing the sound a letter makes
  • Pointing out words that begin with a certain letter

Phonemic Awareness

  • Creating a string of three or more rhyming words
  • Repeating tongue twisters (Peter Piper)

Math/Number Awarness

  • Counting from memory to 5, 20, or higher
  • Pointing out and naming printed numerals
  • Accurately counting a group of objects

Social/Emotional Development

  • Separating from parents without getting upset
  • Staying focused on an activity
  • Waiting patiently for an adult’s attention
  • Clearly expressing a need or thought

Did your child wait a year before starting kindergarten as a result of the readiness test? Tell us below if you feel the wait was for the best.

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