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Iowa Assessments Practice for 3rd Grade (ITBS)

The higher your child scores on the Iowa Assessments for 3rd Grade, the better his or her chances of being placed in a gifted program. To make sure your child is familiar with the many subjects covered on the test, it is crucial to set aside enough time to properly prepare for each level and section. TestPrep-Online offers a comprehensive Iowa Assessments 3rd Grade practice pack equipped with practice tests, study guides, tips, and more to ensure your child scores high on the test.

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The Iowa Assessments has many components to it. Since many districts use the Iowa Assessments for 3rd Grade as part of the screening process for gifted programs, it is crucial to prepare. TestPrep-Online's comprehensive Iowa Assessments 3rd Grade practice pack is equipped with practice tests, study guides, tips and more to ensure your 3rd grader succeeds on test day.

About The Iowa Assessments (ITBS) for 3rd Grade

The Iowa Assessments for 3rd Grade is administered as Level 9. Though this is still one of the earlier levels of the test, much of the test's content and format is similar to Levels 10–14 (grades 4–8). The Iowa Assessment Level 9 is a standardized test used to track student progress and as part of the screening process for gifted programs.

All of the Iowa Assessment tests are used in alignment with Iowa's Core Curriculum, which aims to prepare students for their future academic advancements and careers. Level 9 of the Iowa Assessments tests students in areas necessary for the average third grader's future.

Iowa Test Prep for Gifted Children

Many school districts identify gifted children using the English and Math sections of the Iowa Assessments. Students have to perform exceptionally well on both to be admitted. Usually, the screening process for gifted programs takes place during the winter months, and most students are permitted to take the tests only once. Potential third-grade students are nominated (by community members, parents, or school staff) after filling out an application form.

Some districts first administer the CogAT and then the Iowa Assessments, while other districts may use report card grades or state test results as the first qualifier and then administer the Iowa Assessments to the nominated students. To be accepted, students need to score either at or above 99% in reading* and at or above 95% in math, or at or above 99% in math* and at or above 95% in reading.

Note that the application and screening process may change from district to district, so make sure to ask your child's school about the specifics.
*Some districts also accept students who scored at or above 98% in either reading or math.

Practice Online with Our Iowa Assessments Pack for 3rd Grade

Test Format and Content

The Iowa Assessments Level 9 assesses students in five main areas: Language Arts, Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Each subtest is further broken down into sub-categories. Language Arts, for example, includes sections like Written Expression, Vocabulary, Writing Conventions, Word Analysis, and Listening. The Reading section is administered in two separate parts, each spanning over 30 minutes. The following table gives a general overview of the Iowa Assessments subtest breakdown. Every level of the Iowa Assessments can be given in its entirety, or administered as individual subtests.

Subject Area Administration time

30 + 30

Written Expression



30 + 30



Social Studies












Word Analysis




*Two separate Sessions

Test Scores

Each subtest has its own benchmarks and domains that students are meant to reach. Students are scored using predetermined proficiency levels set forth by the University of Iowa's Board of Education in alignment with Iowa's Core Curriculum. The proficiency levels range from Not Proficient (NP) to Advanced (A), where Proficient (P) lies as the average marker

The National Standard Score (NSS) ranks your child compared to the average 3rd grader. These scores correspond with Proficient level standards for 3rd grade students across the United States. For a more extensive explanation of how the Iowa Assessments is scored, visit our Iowa Assessments Scores page.

How to Prepare for the Iowa Assessment Level 9

With TestPrep-Online's practice packs, you can make sure your child is ready for the Iowa Assessments at any level. We offer an extensive preparation pack for the Iowa Assessments Level 9, complete with practice tests, answer guides, tips, and more. Check out our free sample and practice questions to ensure your child arrives at test day feeling confident and prepared.

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