CTP (ERB) Tutoring

ERB’s Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP) can act as a great catchall for the gaps in your student’s education, particularly in reading, writing, and math. We use a variety of grade level and content appropriate resources, such as the ISEE, to help tackle these weaknesses and bring your student back up to speed. In fact, preparing your student for the CTP also works well as a beginning step to getting ready for the ISEE.

We offer private one-to-one tutoring, which can occur in your home or at our Rice Village Study Lounge.

Our Proven Approach to CTP Prep

Typically, the best place to start when preparing for an exam is to take a full-length mock test. While ERB does not publish practice CTPs available to the public, we have other resources to diagnose your student’s weak areas. Instead, we use standardized tests such as ERB’s published practice ISEEs or TEA’s STAAR tests.

The CTP may cover a lot of ground, but the good news is it should (mostly) be familiar territory for your student. Whether your student is weak across the board or just needs help with a few topics, our tutors can review and teach every tested concept on the CTP. Including:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing Mechanics (spelling, capitalization, punctuation)
  • Vocabulary
  • Number Sense
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Algebra

In tandem with teaching and reviewing the tested concepts on the CTP, our tutors will regularly assign practice problems to be completed between the sessions. While ERB does not publish practice materials for the CTP, they do publish information about the structure of the test and its questions. We use this and grade-level appropriate materials to help reinforce everything your student is learning in the tutorials, including using:

  • Lower Level ISEE for 4th and 5th graders
  • Middle Level ISEE for 6th and 7th graders
  • Upper Level ISEE for 8th and 9th graders
  • STAAR practice tests

CTP Preparation Services

CTP Overview

There are 10 levels of the CTP according to grade level and academic calendar. Here are some examples:

  • Level 4 for 4th graders in Spring and 5th graders in Fall
  • Level 5 for 5th graders in Spring and 6th graders in Fall
  • Level 6 for 6th graders in Spring and 7th graders in Fall
  • Level 7 for 7th graders in Spring and 8th graders in Fall

4th and 7th graders in the Spring can use the CTP as a springboard for their ISEE preparations as 5th and 8th graders.

Students are testing in reading and writing on:

  • Reading Comprehension – vocabulary in context, explicit information, inference, and analysis
  • Writing Mechanics – spelling, capitalization, punctuation, usage, sentence construction
  • Writing Concepts and Skills – organization, supporting details, style and craft, and purpose, audience, and focus
  • Verbal Reasoning – analogical reasoning, categorical reasoning, and logical reasoning
  • Vocabulary – word meanings, precision, and application

Mathematics Achievement:

  • Number Sense and Operations with Whole Numbers
  • Number Sense and Operations with Fractions and Decimals
  • Number Systems and Number Theory
  • Numbers and Number Relationships
  • Geometry and Spatial Sense
  • Measurement
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Data Analysis
  • Patterns and Functions
  • Conceptual Understanding
  • Procedural Knowledge
  • Problem Solving

Quantitative Reasoning

  • Comparison
  • Extensions and Generalizations
  • Analysis

Algebra 1

  • Expressions, Statements, and Matrices
  • Equations and Inequalities
  • Tables, Graphs, and Algebraic Geometry
  • Situations Involving Variable Quantities

Upper/Middle Level ISEE overview video by General Academic President Shelby Joe. Read much more about the ISEE at Piqosity.

Lower Level ISEE overview video by General Academic President Shelby Joe. Read much more about the ISEE at Piqosity.

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