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
    • Grade 3-5 Math
    • Grade 6-8 Math
    • Grade HS Math

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

  • Connecticut Alternate Assessments
    • Grades 3-5 ELA
    • Grades 6-8 ELA
    • Grades HS ELA
    • Grades 3-5 Math
    • Grades 6 – 8 Math
    • Grades HS Math
  • 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
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • Grade 5 Science
    • Grade 8 Science
    • Grade 11 Science

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.

Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA)

The Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA) online practice tests are designed to provide students and teachers with opportunities to familiarize themselves with the software and navigational tools that will be used for the Connecticut Alternate Assessments. The practice tests are available for both mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA) and are organized by grade bands (grades 3 – 5, grades 6 -8, and 11), with each test containing several questions. The questions on these tests were selected to provide students with an opportunity to practice as well as for teachers to test assistive technology devices before the live CTAA test administration.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Practice Test

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) practice tests are intended to help prepare students in Grades 5, 8, and 11 for the statewide summative NGSS assessments. Each test provides students with a sample of grade-specific question types that vary in difficulty levels with examples of all of the item interaction types that students will see on the statewide NGSS assessment. Some items will be organized in item clusters that are designed to engage the student in a grade-appropriate, meaningful scientific activity aligned to a specific NGSS performance expectation. Each item cluster begins with a real-world phenomenon and includes two or more items that require students to demonstrate the ability to use the science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and cross-cutting concepts described by the performance expectation. In addition to item clusters, there are stand-alone items that most often contain a single interaction framed around a single task demand. Each NGSS practice test includes four item clusters and three stand-alone items. The NGSS practice tests provide each student with an overall score and include the ability to review the scoring rubric after answering each question or cluster. All universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations are available on the practice tests, as well as the Spanish toggle feature.

Smarter Balanced

Practice Test

The practice tests mirror the Smarter Balanced summative assessments for 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 should 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.