We have been using the Hungarian MEP Math program for 2 years and I really like it. You can see the way they are trying to make the students think scientifically about how to answer the questions. Very good set up.
Last year, R completed year 1 with only a few lessons remaining. I had a look at the website and they have online tests for the children to take. Today, I asked her to do her year 1 test. At the beginning of the test, it clearly states that the child has 40 minutes to do the test. R completed it in about 5 minutes. When she told me she was done, I said are you sure? I thought she had missed a couple of pages out. She said yes. I scrolled down only to find 7 questions!
I mean, come on – do they really expect a year 1 child to take 40 minutes to answer 7 test questions?? Okay, so she’s a little older now and is doing Year 2 Math but I’m sure she would have answered all the questions in the same amount of time last year. Looking at the questions, I was a bit disappointed as surely that can’t show how well a child is progressing in Math. It really does show how pointless some tests are.
We clicked on the report and she got 20/20 mashaAllah but again doesn’t really prove anything. Maybe I’ll get her to sit the year 2 test early just to see if it is any different.
Love the MEP program but quite disappointed about the tests! Mmm..