Mathematics Competency Test

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Reflection on Results of Mathematics Competency Test and Mathematics Disposition Surveys.

I have always enjoyed mathematics. My positive attitude towards this subject stems from both my ability to achieve good results and understanding why mathematics is an important part of life, which means that my education in this subject was successful since the aim of education is to “equip students for their lives outside school” (Kemp & Hogan, 2000, p. 5). This also ties in with “understanding the role of mathematics in the world and having the dispositions and capacities to use mathematical knowledge and skills purposefully.”(ACARA, 2015). This attitude and ability is cyclical, as good results make me like mathematics and liking it helps me achieve
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This will also allow me opportunities to discover teaching styles and methods that will come in handy as a qualified instructor in the future. I feel that my positive attitude towards mathematics is reflected accurately in the survey results, especially with regards to everyday and classroom mathematics. My lowest score of 2.95455 was the only one below 3, which was for completing a test. This indicates that I have less confidence in my numeracy abilities within testing environments, which I have always known as exams feel like spotlight …show more content…
It has been over a decade since I have had to use many aspects of mathematics such as long division, and multiplying and dividing fractions, so I was very pleasantly surprised to have achieved the 93% grade on the first test (see Image 2). I hoped and expected to achieve a mark beyond 80% but did not anticipate achieving a mark in the 90s.

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My secondary response to this mark was thinking ‘what did I get wrong? How can I improve my mark on the next test?’ As I was unable to access the results for the test (unlike with the practice tests), I felt a little disheartened until I examined my recommended study plan. I made the assumption that the purple push pins corresponded to the types of questions I had answered incorrectly during the test and immediately tried to determine my next course of action. My improvement plan is shown in Image 3.

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