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Practice for the SBAC Mathematics Summative Assessment

The SBAC Math test is a main component of the SBAC test. Receiving a high and satisfactory score on the SBAC tests requires excelling on the SBAC Math test. To do so, it is important to understand the test’s structure, content, and question types, as well as to gain an understanding of how to navigate the test. Additionally, SBAC Math practice tests will provide your child with all the exposure necessary to succeed on test day. Start preparing with TestPrep-Online today to guarantee your child arrives prepared to test day.
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Practice for the SBAC Math Test

The SBAC Math test is one of two sections appearing on the test. Understanding the test—its structure, content, and question types—is a necessary factor in the preparation process. Just as all the SBAC forms of assessments adhere to the Common Core Standards, the SBAC Mathematics summative assessment does the same. The Summative SBACs are given to students in elementary school years, carry through junior high years, and are given a final time in grade 11. To adhere to the Common Core Standards, the SBAC board of educators designed a list of content claims and target claims that guide each test question.

SBAC Math Claims and Targets

The general SBAC math claim requires students to show mathematical progress toward college readiness and future careers. By 11th grade, the content claim states that students must demonstrate college and career readiness IN mathematics.

There are four target claims that indicate content claim achievement:

  1. Concepts and procedures: students will demonstrate their ability to explain and apply mathematical concepts and implement mathematical procedures.
  2. Problem solving: students will demonstrate their ability to solve complex mathematical problems and applied mathematics, as well as demonstrate an application of problem solving strategies.
  3. Communicating reasoning: students will demonstrate their ability to construct reasoning and support their answers and counterarguments.
  4. Modeling and data analysis: students will demonstrate their ability to analyze real-world scenarios and apply mathematical knowledge to interpret and solve those problems.

SBAC Math Test Format

There are two methods utilized in test administration:

  • Performance Task (PT)
  • Computer Adaptive Test (CAT)

The CAT administers the same number of questions to all students. However, the difficulty level of the questions depends on the students' responses. This means that test questions will increase in difficulty as students progressively answer questions correctly, or decrease in difficulty as they answer questions incorrectly.

SBAC Math Question Types

Each grade has its own breakdown of test items that correspond to the SBAC's content claims. Additionally, each test item has its own target benchmarks that students are meant to reach. The lists below detail the areas of study distributed throughout the test items per grade.

Subject Types by Grade Level

Grade Subject
3rd Grade
  • Operations & algebraic thinking
  • Number & operations using a 10 base
  • Number & operations using fractions
  • Geometry
4th Grade
  • Operations & algebraic thinking
  • Number & operations using a 10 base
  • Number & operations using fractions
  • Geometry
  • Measurement & data operations
5th Grade
  • Same subject breakdown as 4th grade, with more advanced question types
6th-8th Grade
  • Ratios and proportional relationships
  • The number system
  • Expressions and equations
  • Geometry
  • Statistics and probability
11th Grade*
  • Number and quantity
  • Algebra
  • Functions
  • Geometry
  • Statistics and probability

*Results of SBAC tests in 11th grade are meant to portray if a student has reached the benchmarks necessary for college courses and career choices. The level of complexity across test items increases significantly in 11th grade.

SBAC Math Scores

A total SBAC mathematics score is calculated, essentially weighing composites based on the student’s performance across the four domain-specific claims. The total mathematics score is vertically scaled across grades. The math score is then factored into a scale score, which reports the raw score of both SBAC Math and ELA tests. The scale score is then converted into achievement levels, which rank student performance from Level 1 to Level 4. Visit our SBAC Practice page to learn more.

Prepare for the SBAC Tests

Because the SBAC tests are detailed and use technologically advanced testing methods, it is important that your child get proper exposure and practice for all sections of the SBAC tests. No matter which level of the SBAC your child might be taking this year, TestPrep-Online is here to help. With TestPrep-Online’s SBAC practice packs for 3rd–5th grade, 6th–8th grade, and 11th grade, your child will receive top-notch and authentic practice tests that will ensure his or her success on test day.

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