Question for a research project:

What is the standard way of quantifying a student's skill in arithmetic ranging from having to look up numbers on a times-table to computing large sums in their head in a few seconds?

  • $\begingroup$ What makes you think that there is a standard way, especially if you don't give details like age of the student (third grade or college?), location, etc? $\endgroup$ – Dirk Jul 28 '17 at 8:25
  • $\begingroup$ I thought 'what is your preferred way' would be too opinion based a question. I didn't give details about the student because this is implied by saying the student is within the wide range described as 'from having to look up numbers on a times-table to computing large sums in their head in a few seconds'. $\endgroup$ – BostonBrooks Jul 28 '17 at 10:18
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    $\begingroup$ +1. I think the question would be improved if you asked "Is there a standard or commonly accepted way, and if not, do you have a reference to someone who successfully quantified it" rather than "what is the standard way," but otherwise I can imagine decent answers here from someone who has knowledge of a research paper that already had to deal with this question. $\endgroup$ – Chris Cunningham Jul 28 '17 at 13:24
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    $\begingroup$ There's the ACCUPLACER Arithmetic test, mostly intended for remedial college placement: accuplacer.collegeboard.org/student/inside-the-test $\endgroup$ – Daniel R. Collins Jul 28 '17 at 14:22
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    $\begingroup$ @BostonBrooks The method you suggested would not (only) test the students arithmetic skills but rather their time management. The reason for such tests (as far as I know them) is to teach the student to drop questions after an appropriate time if he got stuck. This is a skill that really needs to be learned by college freshmen, as they are often used to a linear "solve everything in order" approach... $\endgroup$ – Dirk Jul 31 '17 at 9:03

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