The Smarter Balanced Practice Test and the Training Test provide students with a preview of test questions aligned to academic standards for grades 3–8 and high school in both English language arts/literacy and math. Both resources can help teachers and students prepare for the Smarter Balanced assessments.
The Practice Tests is available in each grade and is similar in format and structure to the actual test. The Training Test is available in three grade bands (3–5, 6–8, and high school) and provides a sample of each kind of question students might encounter, allowing them to become familiar with the testing software and navigation. Additional information about both tests is available below.
Students were comfortable with the test especially after doing the practice test. These were very helpful!Teacher from Delaware
The Practice Tests allow teachers, students, parents, and the public to experience a Smarter Balanced test. The Practice Tests mirror the year-end assessment: they are similar in format and structure to the actual Smarter Balanced assessments and illustrates the range of grade-specific test questions (and performance tasks). However, the Practice Tests are not adaptive and are not scored.
A Practice Test is available for each grade level: 3–8 and high school.
The tests include a variety of question types and difficulty (approximately 30 items each in ELA and math), as well as an ELA and math performance task at each grade level.
The Practice Tests include all embedded universal tools, as well as designated supports, including color contrast, masking, text-to-speech items, and language supports (an English glossary, translated glossaries in Spanish, Arabic, Cantonese, Filipino, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Russian, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, and full Spanish translation). The tests also include all accommodations as described in the Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines
, including Braille, streamlining, text-to-speech and American Sign Language. To experience the text-to-speech functionality, the Secure Browser application
The Training Tests allow students to quickly become familiar with the software and navigational tools that are used in the Smarter Balanced assessments.
The Training Test is organized by grade bands: Grades 3–5, 6–8, and high school.
Each test contains six questions. The questions on the Training Test were selected to provide students with an opportunity to practice every question type that a student in that grade band is likely to encounter: multiple choice, short answer, long answer, evidence-based selected response, equation, graphing, drag-and-drop, hot text, and table. The Training Tests do not contain performance tasks, however.
The Training Tests include all embedded universal tools, as well as designated supports, including color contrast, masking, text-to-speech items, and language supports (an English glossary, translated glossaries in Spanish, Arabic, Cantonese, Filipino, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Russian, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, and full Spanish translation). The tests also include all accommodations as described in the Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines
, including Braille, streamlining, text-to-speech and American Sign Language.
Accessing the Tests
The Practice and Training Tests are not compatible with all operating system versions and web browsers. See Operating System and Browsers Compatible with the Practice and Training Tests for detailed information on compatible operating systems and browsers.
Important Limitations: The Practice and Training Tests provide a preview of Smarter Balanced assessments and a depiction of both the testing environment and different kinds of test questions. However, they do not encompass the full range of content that students will encounter on the end-of-year assessments. They should not be used to guide instructional decisions. Additionally, students and teachers will not receive reports or scores from the Practice or Training Tests. Practice and Training tests are fixed-form. The test students take at school is computer adaptive.
Resources and Support
For support documents, including manuals, scoring guides, and rubrics, please visit the Resources and Documentation page.
Calculators are available for students to preview and practice with outside of the testing environment. Access the calculators here.
Frequently Asked Questions
The purpose of the Smarter Balanced training test is to give students and teachers an opportunity to quickly become familiar with the software and interface features that will be used in the Smarter Balanced assessments.
No. A student can still take the training test by logging in as a guest.
The training test is offered by grade band. There are at least 15 items within each grade band (7 in ELA and 8 – 9 in math). The grade bands are grades 3 – 5, grades 6 – 8 and high school.
The training test does not include any performance tasks or classroom activities, but does include a wide range of item types. The training test also includes matching tables for ELA and math; table fill-in for math, and evidence-based selected response items in ELA. These types of questions are not included in the practice test.
The purpose of the training test is to give students and test administrators experience using the software. Responses are not scored.
No. The secure browser includes a link to the training test so that students can use the secure browser. However, students can also use recent versions of the Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Safari browsers to take the training test, or they can use the native browsers built into iPads and Android tablets. Note that the text-to-speech functionality is available only when using the secure browser. View the most up-to-date listing of supported browsers for the Practice Test and Training Test.