Practice Tests and Sample Questions

Use the same testing software and review sample test questions to see what students will encounter during testing!

Practice and Training Tests

Try out an English language arts/literacy or math test to learn how the test works, what’s expected of students and what kind of questions are included on them.

  • Practice tests, used in all Smarter Balanced states and territories, are available in grades 3-8 and high school. They are similar in format and structure to the actual test and include about 30 questions. Each state and territory has their own practice test, so be sure to use the one where you live (see the list on the right).
  • Training tests are shorter than practice tests and offer a sample of six questions so students can become familiar with the testing software. Training tests are available in three grade bands: grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and high school.

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Sample Questions

If you want to quickly try out test questions (also called test items) and explore features without going through a complete test, check out the Sample Items Website. On this site, you can:

  • Read about the types of items used on Smarter Balanced assessments;
  • Search for test items based on grade, subject, or item type;
  • Find additional details about the content that items measure; and
  • Use the full breadth of accessibility features used on Smarter Balanced assessments.