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How to Use Prodigy to Prep for Standardized Tests

Can game-based learning improve standardized test scores?

Short answer? Yes!

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

Here’s how you can use Prodigy to help prepare your class for state or provincial standardized tests:

Go to your in-account Planner tool

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

Select a classroom.

Within the classroom, go to the Planner tool.

 

A screenshot showing how teachers can access their Planner tool in Prodigy.
You can find the Planner 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.

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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.

Note:  Some areas and tests may not be here depending on your location. If this happens, you can select a Test Prep based on a similar curriculum.

After you’ve selected the location, test, and grade, click the green Next button.

 

A screenshot showing how teachers can select the location, test, and grade for Standardized Tests in their Planner tool in Prodigy.

 

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.

 

A screenshot showing how teachers can select the date range for Standardized Tests in their Planner tool in Prodigy.
Standardized Test Preps can be fairly lengthy, so be sure to provide your students with enough time to complete them (i.e., two to four weeks instead of one).

 

Standardized Test Preps can be fairly lengthy, so be sure to provide your students with enough time to complete them (i.e., 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.

 

A screenshot showing how teachers can adjust date ranges for Standardized Tests in their Planner tool in Prodigy.

 

Voila! Your test prep will appear in the Planner calendar as a Plan 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 👇

>>For more information about Standardized Test Prep, visit our teacher support article.

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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