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Assessment Book Review

It is the time of the year when parents start preparing for another busy academic year. Being very good parents, we are extremely anxious to get the best for our child, not wanting to short-change them in this senseless rat-race.

At times we think that the more assessment books we buy the better will be their results. However, we also know that we may end up with a cabinet full of unused assessment books bought when there were special discounts. This is because our child may find some titles too easy and some too difficult.

There is a bewildering array of assessment book titles in the local bookstore. How should we as parents start? Should we select the titles based on publisher’s name, author, cover of the book, table of content, neighbours’ recommendation or should we just sit down quietly at a corner of the local bookstore browsing and comparing the books page by page to see which is more suitable for our child.

The good news is that many parents and tutors have gone through this path before and some are happy to share their experience. We have compiled their recommendations and listed out the most commonly used assessment books titles. They are arranged by their ratings, with the most popular ones on top. The parents’ reviews are appended too.

10 Most Commonly Used English Assessment Books
10 Most Commonly Used Mathematics Assessment Books

10 Most Commonly Used English Assessment Books

English Language is the most important subject of all. As such many assessment books have been written on the various topics of the subject. Parents need to identify the strength and weakness of the child by going through a past year exam paper and then zoom in to titles in those areas that need improvement. The titles are arranged by their ratings with the most popular one at the top.

Books on Comprehension
Books on Cloze
All-in-One Books
Books on Synthesis and Transformation
Books on Vocabulary
Books on Grammar



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COMPREHENSION

P6 Mastering Comprehension

P6 Mastering Comprehension

Review: The book is good for pupils who have done well and want to excel, as most found the questions difficult.

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Conquer Comprehension

Conquer Comprehension Workbook

Review: The glossary is useful and the passages and questions have facing pages. Some commented that the advanced section is not advanced enough.
Similar Titles: Comprehension Graphic Stimulus by Learners Publishing

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CLOZE

Mastering Cloze

Mastering Cloze

Review: The preposition table and notes are useful. Many said that it was difficult and it is thus more suitable for top pupils.

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Conquer Cloze

Conquer Cloze Workbook

Review: It has fiction and non-fiction passages. It is suitable for grammar cloze and vocabulary cloze practices but not so suitable for comprehension cloze practices.

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Cloze Practice

Cloze Practice

Review: There is clear explanation before each exercise, but it would be good if there is a section on synonyms.

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ALL-IN-ONE

Complete Practice Book

Complete Practice Book

Review: Pupils can acquire rich vocabulary and gain good understanding. Some parts are difficult. The book is based on latest MOE Syllabus.

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Challenging English 4 in 1

Challenging English 4 in 1

Review: The book is good for comprehension and synthesis & transformation practices, but it lacks inference type comprehension questions. Many commented that it is quite difficult.

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SYNTHESIS AND TRANSFORMATION

Conquer Synthesis & Transformation

Conquer Synthesis & Transformation

Review: There are lots of exercises per connector, but the type of connectors are very basic and not comprehensive, nor challenging. It is more suitable for lower primary pupils.
Similar Book: Synthesis & Transformation -Marshall Cavendish

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GRAMMAR

My Grammar Handbook

My Grammar Handbook

Review: The handbook is very suitable for lower primary pupils.
Another Grammar Title: Grammar Workbook

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Conquer Vocabulary

Conquer Vocabulary

Review: The vocabulary exercises include phrasal verbs and idiomatic phrases, providing a quick way to build vocabulary.

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Date of Review: December 2014
Note: These 10 titles had the highest number of positive parents/tutors' reviews. Total number of reviews was 380. Total number of titles reviewed was 136.
Please write to us if you wish to submit reviews of new titles.



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10 Most Commonly Used Mathematics Assessment Books

The titles are arranged by their ratings with the most popular one at the top.

Conquer Problem Sums

Conquer Problem Sums

Review: This book is suitable for intermediate ability pupils. It has comprehensive and systematic coverage of the problem-solving strategies . Papers are in two levels of difficulties: paper 1 which is easier and paper 2 more difficult. The questions in the practice papers are well-designed.

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Visible Thinking in Mathematics

Visible Thinking in Mathematics

Review: This is a good book for re-teaching students who need additional guidance. It emphasises the pictorial stage and helps students to move from the pictorial stage to the abstract or contextual stage. It is appropriate for remedial students, weaker students as it bridges the gap of OnSponge. However, there are also challenging PSLE Math word problems.

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Step-by-step Math

Step-by-step Math

Review:The exercises are arranged by topics and serve to build foundation. There are lots of exercises.

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Problem-Solving Processes in Maths

Problem-Solving Processes in Maths

Review: This thick book is suitable for pupils with average ability. It provides examples and solutions of each skill type, followed by 4-5 parallel questions set based on the same skill types.
Similar Title: FAN-Math Process Skills In Problem Solving

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Challenging Maths

Challenging Maths

Review: This book is for advanced ability pupils who are already quite good and yet want to do better.

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Maths Builder

Maths Builder

Review: This book has sufficient depth and is ‘do-able’. It has 3 levels.

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Maths Companion

Maths Companion

Review: It has different difficulty levels and some enjoyed doing the exercises.

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Mathematics Worksheets

Mathematics Worksheets

Review: The revision problems have 3 levels of difficulty. Challenging problems are included. Answers have detailed solutions.

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Date of Review: December 2014
Note: These 10 titles had the highest number of positive parents/tutors' reviews. Total number of reviews was 288. Total number of titles reviewed was 82.
Please write to us if you wish to submit reviews of new titles.