At JAMS we believe we teach our students more than just math – it is life skills of focus, preparation and confidence. Our mandatory Exam Weeks help instill a sense of accomplishment in our students.
What is Exam Week?
- Exam Week refers to the 4 times during a given JAMS academic year when we host exams in accordance with the League for Soroban Education for America http://lseusa.org/index.html
- Exam Week applies only to students in the Intermediate Levels and above. Exam Week is mandatory and is held towards the end of the term.
- Beginner students do not have Exam Week but have in-house exams for graduating to levels 9, 10 and 11.
Is there a fee for taking such exams? What is included in such fees?
- Fees for Exam Week are added to your tuition at the beginning of the term.
- Students in ‘bridge class’ are offered an exception for one term only.
- JAMS conducts the exams at the same location as JAMS classes.
- The tests are graded by the League for Soroban Education for America. Students who pass the exam receive a certificate from the League for Soroban Education for America.
How do I help my child prepare for Exam Week?
- We help students prepare for the exam during class.
- Parents need to focus on their children completing their homework; no additional parent preparation is needed.
Is there anything I can do to help my child be confident for Exam Week?
- Review their recent work in their JAMS textbooks.
- Identify their common/frequent mistakes; understanding one’s weakness is the key.
- Re-do some of the problems 5 times each that were common mistakes.
- Cover answers with sticky note or papers so your child can focus on solving the problem correctly.
- Speed and accuracy are very important for the exam. Encourage your child to use a stopwatch or their JAMS timer. Students are trained to time their work per instructions on top of the page.