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How to Use Prodigy to Prep for Standardized Tests [UPDATE]

Can game-based learning improve standardized test scores? Yes!

One study found that schools using Prodigy saw an 11.6% improvement on standardized test scores.

Another found that schools using Prodigy saw an average improvement of 12.39 points on their standardized test scores — double the improvement seen in schools that did not use Prodigy.

If you already know about Prodigy’s efficacy, jump down to the how-to section and start prepping!

You can teach from home while your students learn from home. Take advantage of your Assessments tool to create Plans, Assignments and Test Preps. Delivering curriculum-aligned math content will help your students keep pace and stay engaged.

New research shows the effectiveness of Prodigy’s Test Preps!

In collaboration with a Texas school district, we evaluated how effective Prodigy was in improving students’ math achievement in the 2018/2019 school year.

We compared students’ Prodigy Test Prep scores with their State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) scores and found a strong positive correlation between them!

Prodigy Game standardized test prep
Note: The correlation was 0.77, with 1 being the highest it can go and -1 the lowest. For reference, the STAAR and MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) correlations for mathematics is in the exact same range, as you can see in the image above.

So what does this mean? (Good things!)

You can confidently use Prodigy’s Test Preps early on to discover where your students have knowledge gaps — down to the exact skill — and fill them before standardized test day comes around.

In short, Prodigy’s Test Prep is effective. So here’s how you can use it to prepare your students for their next standardized test.

Go to your in-account Assessments tool 

Visit the Prodigy website and click Login in the top-right corner.

Select a classroom.

Within the classroom, go to the Assessments tool.

You can find the Assessments tool at the left of your screen on desktop. If you’re using a mobile device, it’s at the bottom.

Click Create

At the top of your screen, click the green Create button.

A screenshot showing teachers how to create an Assignment in their Prodigy accounts

Select the third option in the list — Test Preps — and click the blue Continue button.

Test Preps in Prodigy will give your students practice for specific skills that are assessed by your region’s standardized test, as your teacher account tracks their results.

Select a standardized test

Use the search box to look for your state or province. You can also use the drop-down menu to select your area.

Once you’ve selected your location, two more options will appear: drop-down menus to select your relevant standardized Test prep and Grade level.

what is prodigy standardized test prep

Choose the Start and End Date

Click the calendar date you want your prep to begin on,  and drag it to your desired end date.

When you select an end date, a green Create button will pop up. Click that to confirm your date range.

standardized test prep prodigy
Standardized Test Preps can be fairly lengthy, so be sure to provide your students with enough time to complete them (e.g., two to four weeks instead of one).

A box will also appear suggesting an average daily playing time you should allow for your students to successfully complete the test prep on time.

To shorten or lengthen the test prep, click Adjust date range.

All set? Click the blue Got it button.

what is prodigy standardized test prep

Voila! Your test prep will appear in the Assessments calendar as an Assessment or Assignment would. If you click on it, you’ll be able to:

  • View your students’ progress
  • Edit the Test Prep’s length
  • Delete it

Prodigy’s fun and free Standardized Test Prep is an engaging way to help lower assessment anxiety and boost scores.

>>To start prepping your students for their standardized test with Prodigy, create or log in to your teacher account!

Click to create alignment now!

Jordan Nisbet

Jordan crafts content for Prodigy — and wishes the game existed when he was in school. He's interested in education and passionate about helping build up the next generation!

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