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FSA 3rd Grade Math Item Specification

FSA 3rd Grade practice for mathematics is best tackled by breaking down all the Mathematics Florida Standards (MAFS) and using them as a framework for your child’s understanding.

There are several domains of standards, sorted into clusters, and then sorted into standards within the clusters—all of which sounds very confusing! It can seem overwhelming and complicated to work from the standards, but this list of "domains" offers a great starting point for all FSA 3rd Grade practice:

  1. Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  2. Number and Operations in Base Ten
  3. Number and Operations–Fractions
  4. Measurement and Data
  5. Geometry

Domains contain clusters, some of which are classed as "major" and some as "supporting" or "additional" clusters. The major clusters provide standards that children must have a strong grasp of. The supporting and additional clusters help students build greater understandings of the major clusters.

An example of the standards for the first domain—Operations and Algebraic Thinking—is laid out below. All of the domains below are classed as "Major Clusters" as they introduce new topics.

Cluster 1: Multiplication and Division:

  • Understand products of whole numbers, for example 6 and 1 are products of 6 (1 x 6 = 6).
  • Interpreting whole number quotients, for example 12 ÷ 4 could be described as 12 apples shared between 4 people, which means each person has 3 apples.
  • Multiplication and division of numbers up to 100, to solve word problems or visual problems.
  • Finding unknown whole numbers by using other whole numbers, for example 12 x [?] = 24.

Cluster 2: Properties of multiplication:

  • Understanding the different properties of multiplication:
  • Commutative property of multiplication: if 3 x 2 is 6, then 2 x 3 = 6.
  • Associate property of multiplication: knowing 2 x 3 x 4, so 2 x 3 = 6, and 6 x 4 = 24.
  • Distributive property of multiplication: 3 x 2 = 6 and 3 x 4 = 12, so 3 x 6 gives the same answer as 6 + 12. If 6 + 12 = 18, then 3 x 6 = 18.
  • Reversing multiplication and division problems to solve them, so 24 ÷ 6 is the same as 6 x [?] = 24.

Cluster 3: Multiply and divide using whole numbers within 100:

  • By the end of 3rd grade, students must know all products of two one-digit numbers by heart.

Cluster 4: Use four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) to solve problems and explain patterns within arithmetic:

  • Using the four operations when solving two-step word problems with the assistance of mental arithmetic to check answers.
  • Identifying patterns of arithmetic within the multiplication tables and addition table or by modes of operation.

FSA Math Tips and Advice for 3rd Grade

The FSA Math assessment in 3rd grade is the first standardized math test your child will take in his or her academic lifetime. The test is computerized and your child will answer between 55 to 66 items. Your child should practice for the FSA Math assessment before taking it. Here are a few tips to help your child do well on his or her first FSA Math test.

  • Practice – FSA 3rd Grade Math is a tough test and the assessment itself can feel very long for your child. Practicing for the test not only allows your child to become more confident with the material, but it will also help your child find it easier to focus and engage more with the task at hand. With regular practice, the test format, time limit, and content will feel much less daunting on the real day.
  • Plan – Any practice is good practice, but targeted practice is the best! Work with your child and speak with your child’s teacher to figure out which areas your child struggles with most. Setting reachable goals can be encouraging, and it can also build confidence to tackle more difficult material. Scheduling study sessions will help segment the work into manageable chunks and reduce stresses and pressures caused by overworking.
  • Persevere – Some students find math hard, while others do not. Whatever your student feels about math, make sure you understand the root cause of his or her like or dislike toward the subject and address the issue. Maybe it’s a particular topic that he or she is struggling with, or perhaps your child doesn't enjoy math as much as other subjects. Understanding your child’s relationship with math will enable you to frame more realistic goals and make the subject more enjoyable too.
  • Play – Nobody likes tests, and no matter what their age, everyone loves to play! Assessments aren’t often associated with fun and games, but there are always ways to incorporate games and activities into math practice. You could try working on math problems in different environments, like outside or in the living room over a board game. Cooking, decorating the house, and playing sports all require some level of math and are great activities to boost your child’s confidence without him or her feeling like math is hard, dull work. When your child comes to take their test, he or she is far likely to remember important information if it was learned while reciting multiplication tables as he or she bounced on the trampoline or when measuring ingredients as he or she madechocolate chip cookies.

FSA Practice Test 3rd Grade Math

If your child is preparing for the 3rd Grade FSA Mathematics exam, you can find out more about the assessment on this site, as well as find sample questions and practice material for your child to use in preparation for the test. For more information about the Math assessment, including types of questions your child will encounter and the time length, head to our FSA Mathematics page. For information on test dates, scores, and rubrics, check out our FSA FAQ page.

The material your child must master for his or her FSA 3rd Grade Math assessment may seem like a lot. Breaking it down into manageable topics will help you and your child tackle each section with confidence. TestPrep-Online can help your child prepare for his or her Math assessment with practice tests, questions, answers, and detailed explanations for each of the domains and clusters. Try a sample question to see the child-friendly and engaging material TestPrep-Online provides.

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