# Rocket Math Addition Facts Assessment

NOTE: These directions are for the person administering the assessment.
Do not show them to the student being assessed.
In the top row of the assessment, time the student for 15 seconds while he
or she copies the numbers in each box. The number of boxes filled in 15 seconds
gives us a measure of how fast the student can write. This is the number of
problems the student should be able to answer in each row of the assessment.
Time each row of the assessment separately. The student should work from
left to right. Have the student write answers to as many problems in the row as
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possible in 15 seconds.
Boxes filled should = problems answered
We want students to be able to write the answers to math facts instantly,
without hesitation—basically as fast as they can write. A student who fills in 8
boxes in 15 seconds on the top row, should answer, 8 math fact problems in 15
seconds in each row of the assessment. A student who fills in 6 boxes in 15
seconds in the top row should answer 6 problems in 15 seconds in each fact row
below.
If a student answers fewer problems in any fact row than boxes copied in
the top row the student is not fully automatic in answering the facts in that row
(they are hesitant on some of the facts) and could benefit from additional fact
practice starting with the facts in that row.
Here is the ONLY exception to this information: If the student does
something that YOU KNOW is a fluke (i.e.: blocks on a fact that YOU KNOW
they know, stops working to talk to you, etc.), re-administer that part of the
assessment. Simply give the student a fresh copy of the test and begin again.
Please note that this should only be done if something odd and obvious occurs.
multiplication and then division, even if addition facts are not automatic, because
fluency with multiplication facts is so urgent for further growth in math.
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A student is also not automatic if he or she skips any problems or is looking for problems to answer, instead of
working swiftly left to right answering problems without hesitation.
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