About the Practice and Training Tests

The training tests combine sample items for different grade levels and subject areas. These tests are for students to practice using the tools and features available within the online system. The following tests are available:

  • ELA
    • Grades 3-5 ELA
    • Grades 6-8 ELA
    • Grades HS ELA
  • Mathematics
    • Grades 3-5 Math
    • Grades 6-8 Math
    • Grades HS Math

The practice tests are longer and provide sample items for each grade level and subject areas.  The following tests are available:

  • ELA
    • Grade 3 ELA Practice Test and Performance Task
    • Grade 4 ELA Practice Test and Performance Task
    • Grade 5 ELA Practice Test and Performance Task
    • Grade 6 ELA Practice Test and Performance Task
    • Grade 7 ELA Practice Test and Performance Task
    • Grade 8 ELA Practice Test and Performance Task
    • Grade HS ELA Practice Test and Performance Task
  • Mathematics
    • Grade 3 Math Practice Test and Performance Task
    • Grade 4 Math Practice Test and Performance Task
    • Grade 5 Math Practice Test and Performance Task
    • Grade 6 Math Practice Test and Performance Task
    • Grade 7 Math Practice Test and Performance Task
    • Grade 8 Math Practice Test and Performance Task
    • Grade HS Math Practice Test and Performance Task

The purpose of these training tests is to become familiar with the system, functionality, and item types; the tests are not intended to guide classroom instruction.

Some students may have difficulty with some of the content aligned to higher grades within the grade level/subject range of each training test; nevertheless, this should not interfere with students’ ability to interact with an item for its intended training purpose. If an item appears to be too difficult, encourage students to experiment with the tools, choose the best answer and move on to the next item.

Practice Test

The practice tests mirror the Smarter Balanced summative assessments in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics.  Each test provides students with a grade-specific testing experience, including a variety of question types and difficulty levels (approximately 30 items each in mathematics and ELA), as well as a performance task.  All universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations approved by Smarter Balanced are available on the practice tests.  Language supports, including translated glossaries and stacked Spanish translation, are available on mathematics Practice and Training Tests.

Training Test

The training tests are designed to provide students and teachers with opportunities to quickly familiarize themselves with the software and navigational tools that they will use for the upcoming Smarter Balanced Assessments for Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy.  Training tests are available for both mathematics and ELA and are organized by grade bands (grades 3 – 5, grades 6 -8, and grades 9 – 11), with each test containing 5 – 10 questions.  The questions on the training test were selected to provide students with an opportunity to practice a range of question types.  The training tests do not contain performance tasks.

Accessing the Training Tests

Students may log in as a Guest User to take a practice or training test on their own.  If a test administrator would like to administer a practice test session, students may enter their first name, student ID, and session ID (provided by the TA through the TA Practice & Training Site).

Users must use a supported secure browser or web browser to access the Training Test site. For more information on available browsers, refer to the Supported Browsers page.