A cheat sheet on how to ace the NAPLAN writing test is going viral right now. So should you give it to your kids?
The official name of the cheat sheet is “Dr Perelman’s guide to a top-scoring NAPLAN essay”.
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Dr Perelman calls it “the worst” of the 10 or 12 international tests that he’s studied in depth.
“It’s measuring all the wrong things,” he told the ABC. “It doesn’t reward spelling correctly. It rewards using big words.”
Dr Perelman’s guide advises that students should memorise the list of difficult and challenging words put together by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). The challenging words range from “definite” and “brilliance” to “haemoglobin” and “quiescent”. He says students should sprinkle words from this list throughout the paper.
“Feel free to repeat them, and do not worry very much about the meaning,” he adds.