Iowa Assessment and ITBS Free Sample Questions

Our free practice material demonstrates the type of questions your child will encounter on the real test, and gives you an example of the practice questions you can find in our practice packs. Below you will find sample questions and answers for some of the major topics on the Iowa Assessments, including language, math problem solving, and vocabulary.

Iowa Assessments and ITBS Language Practice Question

The following question is a Level 5 Language question and is typically administered to children in kindergarten.


Mark the column that has a fruit that grows on a vine at the top of the column and a fruit that is a type of berry at the bottom of the column.


The correct answer is D.

The fourth option is the only option that adheres to the properties mentioned above. Grapes are a type of fruit that grow on vines, and strawberries are a type of berry. In the fourth option, the grapes are located at the beginning of the column and the berries are located at the end of the column.


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Iowa Assessments and ITBS Math Problem Questions

Question 1

The following question is a Level 9 Math Problem Solving question and is typically administered to children in the 3rd grade. 


John rides home from work on his bicycle. On the way home, he makes a stop at the pharmacy and another at the grocery. If the pharmacy is ten miles from work, the grocery is three miles from the pharmacy, and home is eight miles from the grocery, how many miles did John ride in all?

  1. 8 miles
  2. 10 miles
  3. 21 miles
  4. 18 miles

The correct answer is C, 21 miles.

To answer this question you simply need to add up all of the distances. Since the distance from work to the pharmacy is 10 miles, the distance from the pharmacy to the grocery is 3 miles, and the distance from the grocery to home is 8 miles, then the total distance is 21 miles.


Therefore, 21 miles is the correct answer. 

Question 2

The following question is an example of a math word problem likely to appear on the Iowa Assessments Level 9 Math test.


The average temperature in Chicago in October is higher than the average temperature in London in April and lower than the average temperature in London in September. What could the average temperature in Chicago in October be?

  1. 9°C
  2. 11°C
  3. 12°C
  4. 19°C

The correct answer is (C) 12°C.


Find the average temperatures in London in April and September:
The average temperature in London in April is 11°C.
The average temperature in London in September is 17°C.

Thus, the temperature in Chicago in October is higher than 11°C and lower than 17°C. Answer choice (C), 12°C, fits.

Therefore, the correct answer is (C).

Iowa Assessments and ITBS Vocabulary Practice Question

The following question is a Level 14 Vocabulary question and is typically administered to children in the 8th grade.


Choose the word that is the closest in meaning to the underlined word above it.

 The hostile neighbor

  1. congenial
  2. hospitable
  3. deceitful
  4. unfriendly

The correct answer is D, unfriendly.

The word hostile means not friendly, antagonistic, and it is related to or characteristic of an enemy. Therefore,the closest word is unfriendly (D). 

Answer (A) is incorrect because congenial means agreeable and pleasant. This is the opposite of hostile.
Answer (B) is incorrect because hospitable may sound like hostile, but it actually means welcoming and warm to strangers and guests. This is the opposite of hostile.
Answer (C) is incorrect because deceitful means misleading others, and not being honest. This is not same meaning as hostile.

Preparing for the Iowa Assessments and ITBS Tests in 2022

The ITBS and Iowa Assessments are standardized achievement tests for students in kindergarten through 8th and 12th grade, respectively. These tests are designed to measure academic growth and assess critical thinking skills. The Iowa Assessments is divided into a series of subtests. The topics of these subtests are dependent upon the test level, as each one measures a different skill.

The ITBS and Iowa Assessments' test levels are divided into four sections: Levels 5–6, Levels 7–8, Levels 9–14, and Levels 15–18. As the knowledge base and level of intelligence at each of these levels grows, so too do the number of subtests and topics. Preparation each year for the ITBS and Iowa Assessments is key. We currently offer practice tests and materials for the 3rd Grade (Level 9) Iowa Assessments and ITBS.

Please note, our 3rd Grade pack currently does not include preparation for the social studies or the science subtests.

Practice for the 2022 Iowa Assessments & ITBS

Since the Iowa Assessments and ITBS are achievement tests, it is important to fully prepare for them. Whether your child is preparing to take a gifted programs’ admissions test or is about to take an end-of-year examination, practice is crucial to success. TestPrep-Online offers Iowa Assessments and ITBS practice tests that will familiarize your child with both the test structure and question types.

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