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A Beginning “The Best…” List Of Free & Decent Online Practice Sites For State Tests — Help Me Add More!

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As regular readers know, I am no fan of standardized tests or extensive test prep for them, but they are a reality and I do indeed try to help my students become “test wise” (see My Best Posts On How To Prepare For Standardized Tests (And Why They’re Bad)).

As part of this effort, I’m thinking that one day in the computer lab doing self-correcting tests can’t hurt, and would be a relatively painless way of getting students a little more familiar with them, and, I hope, confident. I’m also thinking that at least some tests in different states might be relatively similar.

So I’ve begun compiling a list of sites that offer free online self-correcting practice tests for state assessments, and I’m hoping that readers can contribute a lot more. As I mentioned, the criteria include:

* being free

* being interactive and self-correcting — in other words, not a PDF of test prep questions

* ideally, no registration is required. However, if it’s a really good site, I’ll overlook that requirement.

* the questions are sample questions from previously released versions of the state tests, or modeled on them

Here are the ones I’ve come up with so far, but I’m hoping that readers can contribute far more:

SOL Practice Tests (Virginia) from the Wise County Alternative Education Center

Virginia State Standards of Learning Practice Tests — Science, Math & Technology

Elementary Test Prep For New York — Oswego School District

High School Test Prep For New York — Oswego School District

Ohio Department Of Education Practice Tests

Texas Education Agency — Released Tests–Interactive Online Versions

Online CAHSEE Practice Tests

Maryland High School Assessment Program

Online reading tests

Varsity Tutors

The New York Times Learning Network provides regular interactive “Test Yourself” questions in various subjects that can service as useful student practice for standardized tests:

English

Math

Critical Thinking

History

“editing practice”

ELL Practice

Problem Attic

Next Generation “SMARTER” tests

Students are test-driving new Common Core exams. You can too is a post from The Hechinger Report. It includes links to practice tests from the two testing consortia. The ones from PARCC have an answer key, though, at first glance, the SBAC ones do not (let me know if I just missed it).

The final site I want to include on this list is the newest. Unfortunately, it’s only available to California students (and,unfortunately, it’s recently been made unavailable to any new students — even in California — because of budget cuts) though teachers in other areas might want to explore it and potentially replicate it in their own communities. The California Community Colleges have developed a phenomenal website to specifically help English Language Learners prepare for the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE), the test that all students have to pass in order to receive a high school diploma. It’s interactive with image, text, and audio support, and is very accessible to Intermediate and Advanced English Language Learners.

I’m looking forward to more suggestions in the comment section…

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

4 Comments

  1. For Georgia, the site is http://georgiaoas.org. The site is being refreshed now but will be back up and running on August 16th.

  2. Here’s Vermont’s, (also Rhode Island & New Hampshire). We share an assessment call the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP)

    http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/pgm_assessment/necap/resources.html

    Good Luck,

    @PJ_Vermont

  3. I used Florida’s websites:
    http://fcat.fldoe.org/fcatrelease.asp
    This first website has tests that have been released.
    and
    http://www.fcrr.org/
    Which includes a large amount of instructional material on reading.

  4. I have started a classroom blog to help kids with article reading and test type questions.

    This site is interesting. I will be anxious to try some of the articles out. Thank you.

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