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Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) Practice Tests

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium's (SBAC) tests are used across the United States to assess student progress and readiness for college and career goals. In higher grade levels, SBAC tests are used to aid students in college acceptance. Therefore, practicing for the SBAC tests is key to ensuring your child’s future success. With TestPrep-Online’s SBAC practice tests, your child will get all the practice he or she needs to excel on test day.
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What Is the Smarter Balanced Test (SBAC)?

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is a system of assessments designed by a group of experienced educators from across the United States. The tests are offered in three different forms—formative, interim, and summative—all meant to track student progress and aid with student readiness for future college paths and careers.

Formative Assessments are designed by individual teachers using SBAC's digital library resource. Teachers use these assessments for feedback about class material and pace. Interim and Summative Assessments are tests aligned with the Common Core Curriculum. They are used to track how students are progressing toward their academic goals. While Interim Assessments are optional midyear tests that can be given multiple times throughout the school year, Summative Assessments are more often administered as mandatory end of the year tests that may eventually be used by colleges to gauge student readiness. Thus, the SBAC Summative Assessments are the most crucial of the SBAC tests to prepare for.

SBAC Summative Assessments

The SBAC Summative Assessments were compiled in 2012 by a group of governing members and partners within SBAC member states. These assessments are used by students and teachers to track progress from year to year, as well as to compare individual students on a nationwide scale. Over 220 colleges use results from a student's corpus of high school Summative Assessments to gauge student readiness for college acceptance and course level ability. To ensure your child achieves his or her academic goals, it is crucial that he or she prepare for the SBAC Summative Assessments properly.

SBAC Grade Levels

Students begin SBAC testing in grades 3–5, continue testing in middle school with the SBAC for grades 68, and complete the SBAC tests in high school with the SBAC for 11th Grade. Every grade takes the SBAC Summative Assessment during the spring. Students who score well on the SBAC test in grades 3–8 may be eligible for accelerated programs. All students in 11th grade must pass the test with an achievement level of 3 or higher to graduate.

SBAC Testing Format

The Smarter Balanced test contains two sections: a Performance Task (PT) and a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT). Each section tests students in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA). Both the SBAC Math test and ELA test assess students in alignment with the Smarter Balanced Assessments’ content claims and targets—a list of predetermined benchmarks aimed at tracking student readiness for college and careers. Visit our SBAC Math page for an extensive list of the content claims that appear on the SBAC Math test, or our SBAC ELA page for a list of content claims on the SBAC ELA test.


The Math performance task (PT) section requires students to solve one multi-step, real-world problem. This section usually takes between an hour to an hour and a half to complete depending on grade level.

On the computer adaptive test (CAT), students may be asked to answer math problems across a range of areas depending on grade level. The CAT test is adaptive, meaning that question difficulty adjusts based on student response. The test is untimed. For a more extensive list of question types that appear on the SBAC Math test, visit our SBAC Math page.

SBAC English Language Arts (ELA)

The ELA performance task asks students to write an essay that may be argumentative, explanatory, informational, narrative, or opinion-based. This section usually takes about two hours to complete.

The ELA computer adaptive test utilizes various question formats, such as multiple choice, highlight, checkboxes, true or false, and short text. The CAT administers the same amount of questions to all students. However, the difficulty of those questions depends on student response. The test also utilizes automated essay scoring. Some of the formats unique to the ELA section include multiple choice with evidence responses, hot text, and listening tasks. Though this test is untimed, it generally takes between an hour and a half to two hours to complete depending on grade level. For a more detailed list of ELA question types, visit our SBAC ELA page.

SBAC Scores

Smarter Balanced Assessments are scored using two methods: scale scores and achievement levels.

  • Scale scores portray a numerical value ranging between 2000 and 3000. These scores are used to track individual student progress from year to year. Scale scores can also be used as a means of comparison between students within a school, or between other districts and states across a nationwide scale.

  • Achievement levels express a student’s ranking within predetermined categories that illustrate student skill-set and knowledge. These levels range from 1–4, but each state has its own method of classifying the levels. For example, level 1 might be classified as novice and level 4 might be classified as advanced. Achievement levels are meant to display student readiness for college and career paths. By 11th grade, achievement levels are meant to gauge if a student has in fact reached a level of readiness for either path. Students in 11th grade must score an achievement level of 3 or higher to be considered college and career ready. The tables below breakdown student achievement level by scale scores. 


Grade Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
3 Less than 2381 2381 - 2435 2436 - 2500 More than 2500
4 Less than 2411 2411 - 2484 2485 - 2548 More than 2548
5 Less than 2455 2455 - 2527 2528 - 2578 More than 2578
6 Less than 2473 2473 - 2551 2552 - 2609 More than 2609
7 Less than 2484 2484 - 2566 2567 - 2634 More than 2634
8 Less than 2504 2504 - 2585 2586 - 2652 More than 2652
11 Less than 2543 2543 - 2627 2628 - 2717 More than 2717

English Language Arts

Grade Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
3 Less than 2367 2367 - 2431 2432 - 2489 More than 2489
4 Less than 2416 2416 - 2472 2473 - 2532 More than 2532
5 Less than 2442 2442 - 2501 2502 - 2581 More than 2581
6 Less than 2457 2457 - 2530 2531 - 2617 More than 2617
7 Less than 2479 2479 - 2551 2552 - 2648 More than 2648
8 Less than 2487 2487 - 2566 2567 - 2667 More than 2667
11 Less than 2493 2493 - 2582 2583 - 2681 More than 2681

The levels (1-4) are referred to as novice, developing, proficient, and advanced, respectively. Students whose scores are classified as level 3 or 4 are considered to have demonstrated the skills necessary for college and the workplace.

SBAC Practice Tests

Properly preparing for the SBACs in all grades is an important part of guaranteeing your child’s academic growth and achievement. TestPrep-Online offers a variety of grade-specific SBAC practice tests to ensure your child arrives prepared to test day. Visit any of our SBAC practice test pages, including SBAC for 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades, our SBAC for 6th-8th Grade, or our SBAC for 11th Grade page, to receive extensive study guides, practice tests, and more.

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