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Is your child getting ready to take the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, also known as the ITBS? Learn about the exam and get free sample questions. Find out how TestPrep-Online can help prepare your child for test day.
ITBS/Iowa Assessment Practice

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What is the ITBS?

The Iowa Tests of Basic Skills(ITBS) is a standardized achievement test for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. The test is designed to measure academic growth and assess critical thinking skills.
Since the ITBS is an achievement test, it is important to practice for it. TestPrep-Online offers ITBS practice tests that will familiarize your child with the test's structure and question types.

ITBS Test Levels

The ITBS tests are divided into Levels 5-14, which correspond roughly to the age and grade of the student. Each test level consists of a series of subtests, with each subtest measuring a different skill. The ITBS tests for each level may be administered in their entirety, or including only several of the subtests.

Age GradeTest Level
5 K.1-1.55

Decimals in the “Grade” column indicate the month of the school year. For example, K.1–1.5 means the first month of kindergarten through the fifth month of 1st grade.

ITBS Subtests

Each ITBS is divided into a series of subtests, and the subtest topics are dependent upon the test level as each one measures a different skill. The test levels are divided into three sections: levels 5-6, levels 7-8, and levels 9-14. As the knowledge base and level of intelligence at each of these levels grows, so too do the number of subtests and topics. For more information about which subtests are included at each level, visit our ITBS subtests guide.

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Sample Questions

Below you will find sample questions and answers from some of the major topics on the ITBS, including language, math problem solving, and vocabulary.


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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Math Problem Solving

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?

A. 8 miles
B. 10 miles
C. 21 miles
D. 18 miles


The correct answer is C, 21 miles.
In order 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. 

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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

A. congenial
B. hospitable
C. deceitful
D. 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.

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Learn more about ITBS subtests and ITBS scores

Practice for the ITBS

In order to succeed on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, it is important to set aside time and practice with TestPrep-Online. Soon we will offer level-specific, child-friendly ITBS practice tests that will help your child prepare for test day. Start preparing for the ITBS test now to ensure child is confident and ready to succeed on the day of the exam.

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