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Untimed Tests


Untimed tests provide students the opportunity to flexibly and productively work with numbers, further developing their problem-solving abilities. Math anxiety has also been found to affect students more in timed situations. For students with math anxiety, untimed tests allow them to free up their Working Memory for Arithmetic Fact Retrieval and Operations.

Use It in the Classroom

  • By giving untimed tests, teachers can help their students reduce their worries about not finishing in time, giving them the cognitive space to work through problems.
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    Learn how Brainquake's Wuzzit Trouble Math promotes problem-solving and pattern recognition under untimed conditions. By including a redo option, learners can try a puzzle again to practice more efficient strategies and deepen their number sense.

  • Products can also help by providing untimed activities with directions that encourage students to try to solve problems in multiple ways. This emphasizes the importance of the problem-solving process not the final answer and develops students' Mathematical Flexibility.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy

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    Social and Emotional Learning