Test for Early Mathematics Ability

Purpose of the Test

  1. Identify children who are significantly behind or ahead of their peers in the development of mathematical thinking.
  2. Identify specific strengths and weaknesses in mathematical thinking.
  3. Suggest instructional practices appropriate for individual children.
  4. Document children’s progress in learning arithmetic.
  5. Serve as a measure of research.

About the Test

Author: Herbert P.Ginsburg and Arthur J. Baroody

Publisher: Pro-ed

Year published and revised: published in 1983 and revised in 2003

Type of test: Achievement

Age Level of Examinees

3-0 through 8-11

What does the test measure?

Informal and formal (school-taught) concepts and skills in the following domains:

  • numbering skills
  • number-comparison facility
  • numeral literacy
  • mastery of number facts
  • calculation skills
  • understanding of concepts.


No time limit

-Students may be given as much time as they need to complete the problems.

-However, if the students seems to not know how to proceed the examiner should mark it as incorrect and move on.

-On average children will be able to complete the relevant portion in 45-60 minutes.

Qualifications of Examiner

  • Formal training in assessment
  • Testing statistics
  • Knowledge of general procedures
  • Scoring and interpretation
  • Evaluation of mathematics ability
  • Supervised practice

Test Materials

Examiner’s manual

  • Contains information required to administer, score and interpret the test.

Picture book (Form A and B)
Profile/examiner record booklets (Form A and B)

  • Student worksheet of problems for each Form A and B
  • Tokens
  • Blocks
  • Notecards (used as mats for the blocks and tokens)

Assessment probes and instructional activities

  • Offers suggestions for instruction based on investigation

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Methods of Scoring

  • Paper/pencil test.

1 pts for items passed

0pts for incorrect

Basal and Ceiling

Ceiling-5 incorrect in a row

Basal-5 correct in a row

Types of Scores Obtained

  • Raw score
  • Age equivalent
  • Grade equivalent
  • Percentile rank
  • Math ability score (standard score)