Practice Tests and Sample Questions

Practice and Training Tests

Use the same testing software as students to see what they encounter during testing! Try out an English language arts 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 its 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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Not in a Smarter Balanced state or territory? Try out the Smarter Balanced Sample Test.

Students were comfortable with the test especially after doing the practice test. These were very helpful!Teacher from Delaware

Practice Test Resources

Scoring Guides

Get the answers to Practice Test questions in these downloadable PDFs by grade and subject. Go to the guides!

Braille Embossing

Braille embossing files for the Practice Test are available to users who require them. Download embossing files.


Try out the calculators available for free to students on the tests. Learn more about the calculators.

Annotated Anchors

Use annotated anchors to learn how Performance Task items are scored. Check out the annotated anchors.


Looking for more information about the Practice Test? Check out the resources and documentation page.

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.

Go to Sample Items Website

Screenshot of the Sample Items Website home page