Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) Practice Tests
The Florida K–12 Statewide Assessment Program requires rigorous learning and testing of multiple subjects for students from kindergarten through high school. Start preparing your child for the Florida assessments with TestPrep-Online's comprehensive FSA preparation packs. We provide practice tests for all the Florida Standards Assessments including the Statewide Science Assessment, and End-of-Course tests. Sign-up and start practicing now!
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What Is Florida's K-12 Statewide Assessment Program?Florida’s K–12 statewide assessment program is a collection of assessments designed to test, nurture, and benchmark the academic abilities of students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The program includes:
- Florida Standard Assessments (FSA)
- Statewide Science Assessment (SSA)
- End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments
- National and International Assessments
The above statewide assessments are administered in charter schools, and participation by all charter school students is mandatory. Private schools, all of which have their own systems of grading, reporting, and accountability, may elect to participate in the statewide assessment program. All tests are standardized to evaluate student academic development against the Florida standards.
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What Are the Florida Standards?The Florida standards were adopted on February 18, 2014. These standards lay down fundamental benchmarks that students must meet at each year of their academic development. Prior to the Florida Standards, students were tested against the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) in Mathematics, Reading, and Writing. Students continue to be assessed against the NGSSS standards for Science and for the three EOC courses: U.S. History, Civics, and Biology 1.
Tough Florida standards mean challenging tests, however good grades are not unattainable. With the correct FSA test prep, your child can beat the standards.
What Are the FSA ELA Assessments?The Florida Standards Assessments are interchangeably referred to as FSAs, FS assessments, or FSA assessments. These assessments have also been called the Florida AIR test. AIR, or American Institutes for Research, is the organization that writes and administers the FSA. The English Language Arts (ELA) assessments are tested between grades 3 to 11.
The FSA ELA assessments test students against standards designed to measure the following abilities:
- Speaking and Listening
Students in 11th and 12th grade who have yet to pass the Grade 10 ELA Assessment, or 10th grade students who have been retained, will take the ELA Retake Assessment. Grade 10 students are required to pass the FSA ELA to graduate.
FSA Test Practice: 4th Grade ELA Reading and WritingEstablishing good routines and preparation methods is key to ensuring you child continues to meet and beat test requirements. A solid foundation of knowledge, understanding, and a good test technique enables any child to do better on his or her test. Visit our page, created specifically for students about to undertake the 4th grade ELA Reading and Writing assessments, to get the latest information and advice. Learn more about the FSA 4th Grade ELA assessment.
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What Are the FSA Math Assessments? The FSA Math assessments are tested from grades 3 to 8. There are eight standards that students must adhere to, as well as nine different item types that students encounter. Specifications vary from grade to grade. For more information, including preparation tips and links to sample questions, head to our FSA Math page.
FSA Assessment Practice: 3rd Grade MathThe first time your child takes a standardized FSA Math assessment can be a daunting and difficult experience. With the right preparation, including regular practice with TestPrep-Online’s practice tests, your child is sure to be confident and ready on test day. We have created a special page full of tips and information specifically for the 3rd grade Math FSA assessment. Learn more about the FSA 3rd Grade Math assessment.
What Is the FCAT?The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) was used to measure students’ performance against the NGSSS. Be cautious when using material for the FCAT to study for the FSAs as much of the information may be outdated and irrelevant to the standards students must meet today. The FSA test style has replaced most of the FCAT tests.
The Mathematics NGSSS have since been re-aligned to the Florida Standards, and they are now called the Mathematics Florida Standards (MAFS). The Reading and Writing NGSSS have also been re-aligned to the Florida Standards and are now called the Language Arts Florida Standards (LAFS).
The FCAT 2.0 Reading Retake is the last of the FCAT–style exams available to students. FCAT exams for Reading Retakes are available in September 2017 and March–April 2018 for students required to pass this subject for graduation.
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FSA Computer-based and Paper-based TestsIn the 2016–2017 academic year, the administration of the FSA assessments is as follows:
|FSA ELA Reading ||Grade 3 ||✔️️ || |
|FSA ELA Reading ||Grades 4–10 ||✔️️ |
|FSA ELA Writing ||Grades 4–7 ||✔️️ || |
|FSA ELA Writing ||Grades 8–10 ||✔️️ |
|FSA Mathematics ||Grades 3–8 ||✔️️ |
|FSA EOC Algebra 1 ||n/a ||✔️️ |
|FSA EOC Algebra 2 ||n/a ||✔️️ |
|FSA EOC Geometry 1 ||n/a ||✔️️ |
|NGSSS Science ||Grades 5 & 8 ||✔️️|| |
|NGSSS EOC Algebra 1 Retake ||n/a ||✔️️ |
|FCAT 2.0 Reading Retake ||n/a ||✔️️ |
|NGSSS U.S. History ||n/a ||✔️️ |
|NGSSS Civics ||n/a ||✔️️ |
|NGSSS Biology 1 ||n/a ||✔️️|
TestPrep-Online offers FSA assessment practice tests ideal for both computer-based and paper-based tests. All our questions come with extensive answer explanations. Practice FSA online tests any time of the day, with step-by-step mode. Our timed mode enables you to track progress and identify areas where more FSA practice is needed.
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How Long Are the FSA Tests?FSA tests can be spread across a number of days and tests are scheduled into sessions. Test times are divided into ELA Writing, ELA Reading and Math below.
FSA ELA Writing
- Grades 4–10 – One session of 120 minutes.
- Retake (any grade) – One session of 120 minutes. Up to half a school day of extra time is also available if required.
FSA ELA Reading
- Grades 3-5 – 160 minutes of assessment is administered in two 80-minute sessions over two days.
- Grades 6-8 – 170 minutes of assessment is administered in two 85-minute sessions over two days.
- Grades 9-10 – 180 minutes of assessment is administered in two 90-minute sessions over two days.
- Retake (any grade) – 180 minutes of assessment is administered in two 90-minute assessments over two days. Up to half a school day of extra time is also available if required.
- Grades 3-5 – 160 minutes of assessment is administered in two 80-minute sessions, one per day.
- Grades 6-8 – 240 minutes of assessment is administered in three 60-minute sessions, one per day. Session 1 is a non-calculator test, while Sessions 2 and 3 are calculator tests.
FSA writing practice tips are available on the FSA ELA page. You can also find information on good FSA reading practice techniques and links to sample questions.
For suggestions on FSA test prep practice for Math, head to the FSA Math page. Use the links below to access the information and sample pages.
How Many Questions Are on the FSA Tests?The FSA exams require students to answer items, which are often a collection of questions on a related topic.
- The ELA Writing assessment consists of one item.
- The ELA Reading and Mathematics assessments consist of 55–66 items.
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What Is the Florida Statewide Science Assessment?Previously, Florida had adopted NGSSS to measure student achievements across multiple subjects. While the NGSSS have been replaced with Florida Standards for many subjects, Science is currently still examined against the NGSSS. Only students in grade 5 and grade 8 take the Florida Statewide Science Assessments. Any student receiving accelerated instruction in the Science subject may also participate in either the 5th or 8th Grade Statewide Science Assessment.
The Science Assessment is administered on paper. The exam schedule and duration for both grades are:
|Grade 5 ||160 minutes of assessment is administered in two 80-minute sessions, one per day. |
|Grade 8 ||160 minutes of assessment is administered in a single session on a single day. |
Students are given stretch breaks in between sessions. Students taking the Grade 8 assessment will be provided a Periodic Table and hand-held four function calculators.
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What Are Florida’s End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments?Florida’s End-of-Course (EOC) assessments offer another form of assessment to examine students against the Florida Standards and the NGSSS. Florida frequently reforms its education system in a bid to increase efficiency in testing and provide fair and accurate methods to test students’ academic achievement. In 2011, Algebra 1, examined against the NGSSS, was transferred to an EOC assessment format. Subsequently, Florida’s other subjects, including Biology 1, Geometry, and the Social Studies courses of US History and Civics, were all realigned to EOC assessment formats. This re-alignment allowed for these subjects to be assessed against the Florida Standards.
- As the process of re-aligning subjects to different standards can take several academic years to fully implement, many schools are still offering the NGSSS Algebra 1 Retake EOC through to summer 2018 for students yet to take and pass the EOC assessment.
- Students of Algebra 1 and Geometry courses that are to be completed in 2014 and beyond take the FSA EOC assessment.
- EOC assessments of Biology 1, U.S. History, and Civics remain aligned to NGSSS.
The following table explains which EOC courses are available in 2016–2017 and the standards that students are measured against:
|Mathematics ||Algebra 1 ||FSA |
|Mathematics ||Algebra 2 ||FSA |
|Mathematics ||Geometry 1 ||FSA |
|Science ||Biology 1 ||NGSSS |
|Social Science ||U.S. History ||NGSSS |
|Social Science ||Civics ||NGSSS |
Students of any grade can complete any of the five EOC assessments. The EOC assessments are computer-based tests.
What Are Florida’s National and International Assessments?In addition to NGSSS and the FSA assessments, Florida also participates in a variety of international and national assessments. To find out more about these assessments, as well as whether your child might be scheduled to participate, visit our FSA FAQ page or to read more about a particular test, click on the test name itself.
FSA Scores, Results and Examination DatesFor information on scores, results, and upcoming examination dates for FSA, SSA, and EOC assessments, head to our FSA FAQ page.
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FSA Practice Tests - OnlineWith so many subjects tested on the FSA and with so much pressure placed on students to perform well, it’s important that parents and students take steps now to prepare for the FSAs, EOCs, and everything in between. TestPrep-Online supports test takers with comprehensive practice packs that improve their performance on test day. FSA practice tests are a great way to help your child prepare for the Florida Standards Assessments. Find out how TestPrep-Online can help your child, start preparing today!
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