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A 60 question worksheet on a given topic that is covered in the CAHSEE/CST exams. Our worksheets start with the very basics (assuming students know how to count). We build up from question 1 to 60 with a slow progression of increasing difficulty. The first question is simple and usually presents a math topic without any math. We focus on visual cues so students gain an intuitive understanding of what is going on. Instead of focusing on abstract words, we focus on concrete pictures and tangible concepts such as money. We move from pictorial representation to pure word problems, but the progression happens in such a manner that it is easy for students to extrapolate from one question to the next. As the worksheet progresses, question difficulty increases; however, students do not perceive the jump in difficulty from beginning to end, since it is gradual. In this manner, we can lead student up a metaphorical ramp, whereas a staircase might have scared them.

MAC Pattern

MAC stands for "Multiple Analysis of Choices." It is a strategy for students to choose answers in the case that they are unsure of how to do the problem. It is also useful when students do know how to do the problems because they can use logic to asses whether the answer they have arrived at is reasonable. Many dismiss strategy teaching, but it is one of the greatest assets of the Mnephonics Institute. The CAHSEE and CST are standardized tests. Some pattern must exist throughout the tests; otherwise, scores would not be comparable among test dates. For this reason, MAC can often help improve students' scores significantly. It also teaches students to use inductive and deductive reasoning, which they can apply to any other aspect of life. We are trying to teach our students to think analytically.

Mini-Test & Complete Solutions

Our mini-tests are seven-question tests given in CAHSEE/CSTA two-column form. The tests are composed of questions at the CAHSEE level and in the same style. This is to emulate the test scenario for students. For many, the test setting is what causes nervousness, so we allow them to practice it in little bits. Our tests also come with complete solutions - the most thorough explanation an analysis of a question possible, but written in a way so that it is accessible to students of all levels.

Note: The sample materials enclosed are on the long side because they are formatted for our two-hour program. They will be in a shorter form for the in-school program.