Retaking Math Tests at Mt.
Everest Academy,
Mr.
Greenwood's Courses
Students
may not retake tests unless they have done the corrections
following my directions. See below.
YES, I allow and
recommend that students retake tests if they do poorly on a
monthly test. If
they do this (and prepare better the second time), they will learn the math better.
Students need to know this math well as a foundation for
future courses, for the annual state testing, for college
entrance exams like the SAT, for college placement exams, and
for coming monthly tests (almost every monthly test in this
course has questions from past monthly tests). Oh, one
more thing...retaking a test can also improve a student's
grade.
Students may not
retake tests unless they have done the corrections
following my directions. See below.
WHEN?
1. Students may retake a test on any
Monday at 1:00 (if school is open) without a reservation or
2. During
the regularly scheduled math test week without a reservation,
or
3. At a few other times by
reservation. Go to this
link for math retake testing times.
Students may not retake tests
unless they have done the corrections following my
directions. See below.
THE
SCORES OF BOTH TESTS ARE AVERAGED.
That means a firsttest score of 71 and a retaketest score of
96 averages to 83.5%, which I will round up to 84%.
POLICY 1:
if a student does really poorly the first time, such as 38%,
it would normally be almost impossible to get an average about
D, so I will temporarily raise the first test score to 60%
only for the purpose of averaging.
EXAMPLE:
a student who earns 38% for a firsttest then learns it
much better and earns 94% on the retaketest will then have a
final score of 77%, C (that's the average of 60 and 94).
POLICY 2:
The retake test is meant to help students' scores,
NEVER to hurt their score. Thus, if they do worse on
the retake test, the score does NOT go down. They get
to keep the original score since it is higher than the
retake test's score. Example:
a student scores 62%, D on the first test, but only 54%, F
on the retake test. The average would be 58%, F, but
since I won't use a retake score if it's lower then the
first test, the original 62% score will stay in the grade
book and is the final score. NOTE: there is
only one retake test, so if a student scores lower on the
retake test, the student has used up the one opportunity
to raise the score.
DO CORRECTIONS:
Students have to correct every
wrong answer from the original test. They also have to
write an "error statement" where they state what they did
wrong the first time. The corrections and error
statements must be on the same paper, set up together (NOT on
the original test itself). So, if the answer to question
3 is wrong, students (1) write out the
question, (2) show how to do the question
correctly (getting the right answer), (3)
write one sentence stating what error they made the first
time, and then (4) draw a horizontal line
across the page after the error statement, before starting the
next question/answer/error statement/line. For specific stepbystep
instructions, look at the cover page of the
test.
YOU CANNOT
RETAKE A TEST
unless you
bring three things with you at the time of the retake test:
1. Corrections,
done the right way.
2. Error
statements (on the same pages as the corrections).
3. The original
test itself, stapled underneath the corrections and error
statements.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW (Rules, Reminders,
Etc.):
 WARNING: If you don’t practiceA LOTyou
won’t improve. You have to practice, practice, practice, and practice
even more. You have to know
the math really, really well—and that only comes from
practice. Doing the corrections isn’t going to be
enough, just like doing all the required math work was not
enough. You HAVE to practice a LOT. So, do
it. Don’t procrastinate. Put it into your daily
schedule—and then do it, daily.
 ONE RETAKE PER TEST: Students may retake any test (except
months 5 and 10), but only one time for
each test. The second test will be
a similar test (a version B). NOTE: Students must
do all problems on the version B of the test, not just the
problems similar to the incorrect problems of the first
test.
 NO RETAKES FOR MONTH
5 OR MONTH 10:
These tests end each
semester, so there is no time for a retake.
 GRADING:
The retake test score is
averaged with the first test, as explained at the top of
this page.
 ADDITIONAL, NOT REPLACING: Retaking this test does not allow putting
off the next month’s work and test. Students who
retake tests still have to take the next month’s
test on time.

SUGGESTED STUDY TIPS: In order to make the corrections
required for retaking the test, follow these steps to help you relearn or
figure out what you missed:
1. First look at
your work on the test, and see if any of your mistakes
were due to simple calculation errors or not reading the
question direction carefully enough or not copying a
number or negative sign correctly from one step to the
next. Those kinds of mistakes normally are due to carelessness, and you can avoid those mistakes by
taking your time while doing every step, thinking
carefully about each thing you are doing, and then
checking over the problem after you finish it. In
fact, it’s good to go back through the whole test to check
all the problems again after you finish the whole test,
before you hand it in.
2. Look at the review sheet from your teacher, the textbook examples, and the
workedout solutions to similar textbook problems in your
textbook’s solution manual (if in Geometry or Intermediate
Algebra), or on Hotmath (all other math courses).
3. Ask for help from your parent or whoever normally
helps you with your math.
4. Bring the
original test to me (Mr. Greenwood) during a scheduled
math help/tutoring time so I can help you understand it
better.
THE WHOLE
POINT: The whole point of all this is to learn
the math better, and to first show me that you did learn
it better through the corrections and statements that you
know what you did wrong and that you now know the correct
way to do each and every problem. If you don't do
the preparation, it's not worth retaking the test, because
you won't do much better. However, preparing this
way should help you learn the material really welland
that's the whole point.