Carlong Integrated Practice Tests (CIPT): Language Arts is the revised edition of the well-received text Carlong Assessment Tests for GSAT English. This revision simulates the GSAT Language Arts examination the first set of multiple choice questions test students grasp of language arts concepts, while the last set of questions test their ability to read, comprehend and analyse. The questions, therefore, test a range of skills, starting with simple recall and advancing to synthesis and evaluation.
The items reflect the content and learning levels of the revised GSAT, incorporating knowledge, conceptual understanding, reasoning and analysis. There is a good blend of items on structure, mechanics, vocabulary and spelling along with valuable study skills and scope for the development of reading skills.
An important strength of this publication is the special effort that has been made to ensure the integration of other subjects: Math - page 5; Social Studies - page 108; Science - page 9; Religion - page 15; and Information Technology - page 102. This is evident both in the items testing a range of language skills and in the comprehension passages. This ensures that the content of the tests not only meets the requirements of the Revised Primary Curriculum (RPC) but also encourages the students to view their studies in a holistic way. At the end of each Test Paper are Communication Tasks which consist of two writing tasks. The Communication Tasks are graded, gently starting the students off with familiar exercises, while eventually building to more complex ones. In addition, Building Writing Tasks goes further/beyond the limited scope of the communication task examination. Together, they provide the students with a creative range of writing tasks, such as restructuring jumbled passages, writing character sketches, completing forms, writing a research paper, using writing prompts, reporting, writing stories, letters and many more. These tasks also simulate the examination and stimulate the students communication skills in a variety of ways.
A comparison of communication tasks from the previous edition plus new activities are also provided (Comparison of Communication Tasks- page vii) so that the extent of the changes in the new edition is clearly seen. Test Papers at a Glance (pages v-vi) will prove to be very valuable in identifying the flow of the items from 1-80. This will enable the teachers to decide whether they wish to use items according to the content areas or use the test papers as good practice for the exams.
Two graphs are included on pages 157 and 158 on which students should record their Test Paper and Communication Tasks results. This will help them to chart and see their progress in a visual way.
Although this workbook was written primarily for students sitting the GSAT examination in Jamaica, it could certainly be used by other students throughout the Caribbean, to help them prepare for similar examinations. It is also relevant for remedial use with the slower students in secondary schools, especially the upgraded high schools; therefore, it should be promoted aggressively in these schools.
This book takes a step beyond simply preparing students for their progression into secondary schooling, it also prepares them (and helps their parents to prepare them) for life in general in the Getting the Facts section:
Citizenship introduces the students to the idea of good citizenship and the characteristics of a good citizen
Effective Parenting introduces a list of parenting best practices which students should share with their mother, father, guardian/caregiver