Achievement tests are one of those controversial topics in education. Most people are well aware that such assessments are not accurate ways to measure knowledge or intelligence. One issue is they only test certain types of intelligence. Another, and very common, problem arises from the anxiety some experience when they even think of such a test, an anxiety that makes a good score nearly impossible to achieve.
However, flaws aside, they are still employed by most colleges and universities as a metric to evaluate admissions applicants. As such, preparing for them in advance could make an immense difference to a child’s future.
There are many after school courses, both in a classroom setting and individual, in-person and online, that can give a student techniques to make the test easier, even ways to manage test anxiety. They are not usually free, but the benefits are worth an investment.
Advanced preparation for tests, and providing a positive environment where a child can become confident in their own abilities, will serve your child well. Good or bad, these tests are not going away, so you should do your best to make their impact a positive one.