Practice Tests and Sample Items help students and teachers understand how the test works.

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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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.

Calculators

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.

Documentation

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

Check Out New Samples for 2019–20

Select a subject and grade for a list of test items—with links—recently added to the Sample Items Website.

Grade 3 Mathematics
Item ID Claim Target Item Type
415 1 F Equation
938  1 A Equation
1418 1 E Equation
13436 2 A Equation
18918 1 B Multiple Choice
90331 1 K Multiple Choice
Grade 4 Mathematics
Item ID Claim Target Item Type
7933  1 F Equation
77953 2 A Equation
77954  2 A Equation
77959 3 E Short Answer
77963 3 B Short Answer
77981 4 A Table Item
77982 3 B Short Answer
78778  1 A Equation
82288 1 H Matching Item
Grade 5 Mathematics
Item ID Claim Target Item Type
2292 1 E Equation
2729 4 E Equation
2741 4 E Equation
8062 1 I Equation
77009 1 C Equation
125760 1 K Matching Item
Grade 6 Mathematics
Item ID Claim Target Item Type
5988 1 F Equation
9603 1 B Equation
9677 1 H Equation
12123 2 A Equation
48481 1 I Matching Item
80138 1 G Equation
Grade 7 Mathematics
Item ID Claim Target Item Type
3925 1 A Equation
12049 1 C Equation
51235 2 A Equation
51236 2 A Equation
51237 4 A Multiple Choice
51240 3 A Equation
51246 4 A Short Answer
126377 1 F Equation
Grade 8 Mathematics
Item ID Claim Target Item Type
14486 1 D Multi-Select
16357 1 E Multiple Choice
49765 3 A Multi-Select
81844 1 A Matching Item
91088 3 D Multi-Select
92133 1 A Matching Item
125866 1 J Matching Item
126098 3 C Matching Item
126119 2 A Equation
High School Mathematics
Item ID Claim Target Item Type
3576 1 F Equation
3624 1 H Equation
8082 1 L Table Item
9289 1 F Equation
12329 1 O Multiple Choice
47426 4 A Multiple Choice
78267 3 E Multiple Choice
Grade 3 ELA/Literacy
Item ID Claim Target Item Type
94963 2. Writing 1 Short Answer
57190 2. Writing 7 Writing Extended Response
26893 3. Listening 4 Evidence-based Selected Response
26895 3. Listening 4 Multiple Choice
26897 3. Listening 4 Multiple Choice
57188 4. Research/Inquiry 2 Short Answer
70050 4. Research/Inquiry 3 Short Answer
Grade 4 ELA/Literacy
Item ID Claim Target Item Type
54697 2. Writing 2 Writing Extended Response
94357 2. Writing 9 Hot Text
33715 3. Listening 4 Multiple Choice
33717 3. Listening 4 Multi-Select
33719 3. Listening 4 Matching Item
61160 4. Research/Inquiry 2 Short Answer
61164 4. Research/Inquiry 4 Matching Item
Grade 5 ELA/Literacy
Item ID Claim Target Item Type
54468 1. Reading 2 Evidence-based Selected Response
54470 1. Reading 2 Short Answer
54472 1. Reading 3 Multiple Choice
54492 1. Reading 6 Multiple Choice
104002 2. Writing 4 Writing Extended Response
30580 3. Listening 4 Multiple Choice
30582 3. Listening 4 Multiple Choice
30584 3. Listening 4 Evidence-based Selected Response
103996 4. Research/Inquiry 2 Short Answer
103998 4. Research/Inquiry 3 Short Answer
Grade 6 ELA/Literacy
Item ID Claim Target Item Type
42581 1. Reading 8 Hot Text
44015 1. Reading 9 Evidence-based Selected Response
42583 1. Reading 10 Multi-select
42587 1. Reading 13 Multiple Choice
61076 2. Writing 4 Writing Extended Response
61074 4. Research/Inquiry 2 Short Answer
55036 4. Research/Inquiry 4 Short Answer
Grade 7 ELA/Literacy
Item ID Claim Target Item Type
55393 2. Writing 2 Writing Extended Response
58584 2. Writing 6 Evidence-based Selected Response
89602 2. Writing 8 Multiple Choice
27947 3. Listening 4 Matching Item
27965 3. Listening 4 Evidence-based Selected Response
55389 4. Research/Inquiry 2 Short Answer
55391 4. Research/Inquiry 3 Multiple Choice
61210 4. Research/Inquiry 4 Short Answer
Grade 8 ELA/Literacy
Item ID Claim Target Item Type
60687 2. Writing 3 Short Answer
55074 2. Writing 4 Writing Extended Response
27567 3. Listening 4 Multiple Choice
29803 3. Listening 4 Matching Item
30129 3. Listening 4 Multiple Choice
55409 4. Research/Inquiry 3 Short Answer
61235 4. Research/Inquiry 4 Matching Item
High School ELA/Literacy
Item ID Claim Target Item Type
57418 2. Writing 3 Writing Extended Response
33232 2. Writing 6 Short Answer
26588 3. Listening 4 Multiple Choice
26590 3. Listening 4 Multi-select
26592 3. Listening 4 Evidence-based Selected Response
57412 4. Research/Inquiry 4 Short Answer
57416 4. Research/Inquiry 4 Matching Item