Practice and Training Tests
Smarter Balanced Practice Test (updated in May 2014) and the Training
Test (released in February 2014) provide students with an early look at
sets of assessment questions aligned to the Common Core for grades 3-8
and 11 in both English language arts/literacy and mathematics. Both
resources will help teachers and students prepare for the Smarter
An Early Look at Smarter Balanced Assessments
Smarter Balanced Practice Test allows teachers, students, parents, and
other interested parties to experience a full grade-level assessment and
gain insight into how Smarter Balanced will assess students’ mastery of
the Common Core. The Practice Tests mirror the year-end assessment.
Each grade level assessment includes 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 (3–8 and 11). The May
2014 version of the Practice Tests include additional universal tools,
designated supports, and accommodations that were not available in the
previous version. All language supports,
including translated glossaries and stacked Spanish translation, are
available on mathematics Practice and Training Tests
Tests are designed to provide students and teachers with opportunities
to quickly familiarize themselves with the software and navigational
tools that they will use on the upcoming Smarter Balanced Field Test
and/or the spring 2015 Smarter Balanced Assessments. The Training Test
is organized by grade bands (grades 3 to 5, 6 to 8, and high school) and
each test contains 14-15 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. Similar to the Practice Test, the the Training Test includes all
embedded universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations.
This summary details the distinctive features of the practice and training tests.
Accessing the Practice and Training 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.
The Practice and Training Tests provide a preview of the Smarter
Balanced assessments and a more accurate depiction of both the testing
environment and item types, but they do not encompass the full range of
content that students will encounter on the spring 2014 Field Test or on
the operational assessments, and should not be used to guide
instructional decisions. In addition, students and teachers will not
receive reports or scores from the Practice or Training Tests. Although
the operational assessment system will be computer adaptive, the Practice and Training Tests follow a fixed-form model.
Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)