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A Beka, BJU (and other) Review Resources
Category: Academics
Tags: abeka bju

At, you'll find review materials, like online games and quizzes, that correspond with A Beka and BJU readers, textbooks and workbooks. The site's free resources include:

  • Reading: Vocabulary review games for grades 5 - 7; also printable flashcards and literary elements review
  • SpellingA Beka spelling games for grades 1 - 4; click into the grade and list you're reviewing, and you're taken to the SpellingCity activities for that list.
  • ScienceReview games for grades 3 - 7 that cover main concepts in each chapter. For some of the books, there are online study guides.
  • HealthGames, online study guides, and printable flashcards for middle school health; there are also human body study charts.
  • HistoryReview games for Our American Heritage and New World History and Geography; review games and some printable study guides for several Heritage Studies grades.
  • PhonicsGames and printable flashcards that correspond to A Beka phonics charts.
  • BibleGames for reviewing Bible facts.

The site also features a number of short powerpoint presentations that cover topics in grammar; literature (genre types, elements of literature, and literary analysis); math, and Bible. There are more links to additional resources. Check it out.

Free Worksheets and Other Useful Printables
Category: Academics
Tags: free comprehension worksheets free writing worksheets free printable worksheets free math worksheets

Whether you're building your own curriculum as you go, or just need some extra material to supplement what you're already using, these sites can help. Free worksheets for multiple subject areas, mostly for elementary and middle grades: 



  • Math Game TimeListed by grade (Pre-K through grade 7) and by topic.
  • MathMasterGenerate your own worksheets, mostly for basic math; several Algebra and Geometry choices
  • Math ChartsThis site has visual aids for teaching math topics, such as fractions, percentages, measurements, skip-counting, Roman numerals, and more. Easy to print, one-page charts.

Reading and Language Arts:

  • K12 ReaderWorksheets for phonics, reading comprehension, grammar and handwriting; also has 36-week spelling programs for grades 1 – 5, with spelling lists and dictation sentences.
  • Free Phonics Worksheets: Consonant and vowel sounds; blends
  • Graphic OrganizersLots of printable ones, and online, interactive tools

For more downloads, visit this site's Worksheets page.

Free Tool For Assessing and Achieving College Math Readiness
Category: Academics
Tags: college preparatory math ready for college college readiness standards math college math problems accuplacer practice test compass test









Many of you may already be using or are familiar with NROC - the National Repository of Online Courses - which provides free access to online high school, AP, and college level courses. They recently launched a site, called, designed to help students measure college math readiness and prepare for placement exams, such as COMPASS, or the ACT and SAT, using NROC’s vast library of free, online video and interactive lessons. What’s especially interesting about EdReady: it highlights a student’s weak areas, proposes a personalized study plan complete with links to recommended lessons, and highlights target scores needed to meet the math proficiency requirements of particular schools, so that students can avoid dreaded math remediation courses.  And, like NROC, EdReady is free.

A recent, hour-long webinar, which can be viewed here, outlines how the site works: 

Get Started: To create a free account, a student just needs a name and valid email address. This enables the site to store the study plan a student is working on. Students can also sign up as guests without creating an account, but the system won’t store your data.

Explore schools. Students can select their schools of interest and view such information as basic stats, costs, and number of students. Direct links to school websites are also provided.

Prepare for the ACT/SAT and placement exams for specific schools. Students can get a better idea of how well they will do on COMPASS or Accuplacer assessments by taking an EdReady diagnostic test. The test assesses a student’s performance on a range of math topics that comprise “college readiness,” and highlights strengths and weaknesses. Students are provided with a breakdown of topics in which they are not readyneed review, or have mastered.

The site also generates a score that can be matched against an individual school’s specific proficiency requirements. For example, say a student scores a 50 on the EdReady diagnostic test. EdReady will show the student the schools where that score would be good enough to not require remediation. If the student wants to go to a school that requires a proficiency score of 80, the site will generate a study plan to help the student achieve that score.

EdReady has a database of proficiency scores that includes every accredited institution in the country – community colleges and four-year institutions – representing about 2,500 schools nationally. 

Follow a personalized study plan. The site shows the topics the student should focus on and gives an estimate of the hours of study required.

Students can click right into the recommended resources, provided through NROC. Every math topic has a video lesson, worked examples, chalkboard-style lessons on how to solve problems, and practice and review problems. Answers are provided as the student works. The system continues to update as the student progresses through and masters the material. Additional features include the ability to email study plans and print them for your records; and an online, printable textbook with more practice and review exercises. 

EdReady Scoring

How accurate are EdReady scores? According to the webinar, the scores generated should be accurate enough to predict a student’s success on college placement exams. As the system is used, if scores are not matching up with the ability to take credit-bearing courses, adjustments will be made where necessary.

Overall, EdReady seems like a great tool for students to explore their options and take a proactive approach to meeting math expectations at different schools -- before being faced with placement tests. 


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