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STAAR Test Practice for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades

Students in the third, fourth, and fifth grades are required to take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR). TestPrep-Online is here to help your child prepare for the STAAR and ace it. We have resources, practice tips, and all the information you need to excel on the STAAR.
 
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3rd Grade STAAR Test

Students in 3rd grade take two STAAR tests: Math and Reading. This year (2016–2017), the 3rd-grade STAAR testing dates are:
  • Math – May 8th (Monday)
  • Reading – May 9th (Tuesday)

Students can make up any missing sessions on May 12th (Friday). Because this is the student's first encounter with the STAAR, it is highly important to practice for both sections. Each test has a time limit of four hours. After completing the test, students' scores fall into one of the three performance standards— Level I: Unsatisfactory Academic Performance; Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance; or Level III: Advanced Academic Performance. Read more about the STAAR Performance Standards here.

3rd Grade STAAR Math Test

The test contains 43 multiple-choice questions and three -ended questions. The student is provided with graphing paper and a reference sheet. Calculators are not allowed. The test covers various mathematical concepts that were taught during the year, such as fractions, the four basic operations, plotting data and analyzing graphs, units of measurement, basic geometry (area, perimeter, shape properties), number properties, and writing equations based on given data.

3rd Grade STAAR Reading Test

The test contains 40 questions and five paragraphs, about 550–700 words in length. The STAAR utilizes paragraphs taken from various sources, such as fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The test assesses students' understanding of the story's main theme, author's purpose, relations between paragraphs, and basic plot, in addition to evaluating students' vocabulary. Students can also expect to be tested on specific details and their contribution to the storytelling. Passages might contain images as well as questions inquiring about the relationship between these images and the written information.

4th Grade STAAR Test

Students in 4th grade take three STAAR tests: Math, Writing, and Reading. This year (2016–2017), the 4th-grade STAAR testing dates are:
Students can make up the STAAR Writing test on March 31st (Friday) and the STAAR Math and Reading tests on May 12th (Friday). While the number of tests may appear daunting, the right preparation can help the student feel both comfortable and confident on all three days of testing. Each test has a time limit of four hours. After completing the test, students' scores fall into one of the three performance standards— Level I: Unsatisfactory Academic Performance; Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance; or Level III: Advanced Academic Performance. Read more about the STAAR Performance Standards here.

4th Grade STAAR Writing Test

The test contains three passages, about 300–550 words in length, as well as 18 multiple-choice questions. The multiple-choice questions consist of six revision questions and 12 editing questions. The writing prompt can be expository or more personal in nature. The questions assess students' knowledge of grammar, tense, capitalization, spelling, syntax, punctuation, and paragraph structure. Students may be asked to revise a given sentence or to clarify an argument by replacing sections or adding sections to the sentence or the passage. The test also contains questions regarding the purpose of sentences and their relationship within the given passage.

4th Grade STAAR Math Test

The test contains 45 multiple-choice questions and three open-ended questions. The student is provided with graphing paper and a reference sheet. Calculators are not allowed. The test covers various mathematical concepts that were taught during the year, such as fractions and addition of fractions, the four basic operations, series, decimals, plotting data and analyzing graphs, scientific notations, units of measurement, basic geometry (area, perimeter, angles, shape and line properties), number properties, and writing equations based on given data.

4th Grade STAAR Reading Test

The test contains 44 questions and six paragraphs, about 600–800 words in length. The STAAR utilizes paragraphs taken from various sources, such as fiction, poetry, plays, and nonfiction. The test assesses students' understanding of the story's main theme, author's purpose and opinion, relations between paragraphs, and basic plot, in addition to evaluating students' vocabulary. Students can also expect to be tested on specific details and their contribution to the storytelling. Passages might contain images as well as questions inquiring about the relationship between these images and the written information. Some questions might ask students to compare and contrast two given passages and their properties.

5th Grade STAAR Test

Students in 5th grade take three STAAR tests: Math, Science, and Reading. This year (2016–2017), the 5th-grade STAAR testing dates are:
  • Math – March 28th (Tuesday)
  • Reading – March 29th (Wednesday)
  • Science – May 10th (Wednesday)

Students can make up the STAAR Math and Reading tests on March 31st (Friday) and the STAAR Science test on May 12th (Friday). Passing the 5th-grade STAAR Reading and Math tests is crucial for students to be promoted to the 6th grade, so the right preparation is key to ensuring a student's success. Each test has a time limit of four hours. After completing the test, students' scores fall into one of the three performance standards— Level I: Unsatisfactory Academic Performance; Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance; or Level III: Advanced Academic Performance. Read more about the STAAR Performance Standards here.

5th Grade STAAR Math Test

The test contains 47 multiple-choice questions and three open-ended questions. The student is provided with graphing paper and a reference sheet. Calculators are not allowed. The test covers various mathematical concepts that were taught during the year, such as fractions and addition of fractions, the four basic operations, decimals, plotting data and analyzing graphs, scientific notations, units of measurement, geometry (area, perimeter, volume, angles, shape and line properties), number properties, and writing equations based on given data.

5th Grade STAAR Reading Test

The test contains 46 questions and six paragraphs, about 600–800 words in length. The STAAR utilizes more complex paragraphs taken from various sources, such as fiction, poetry, plays, and nonfiction. The test assesses students' comprehension of the story's main theme, author's purpose and opinion, relations between paragraphs, and plot and plot development, in addition to evaluating students' vocabulary. At this age, students are expected to demonstrate a higher level of analysis and understanding. Students can also expect to be tested on specific details and their contribution to the storytelling. Passages might contain images as well as questions inquiring about the relationship between these images and the written information. Some questions might ask students to compare and contrast two given passages and their properties.

5th Grade STAAR Science Test

The test contains 44 multiple-choice questions. The questions cover various topics, including electricity and insulation, electrical circuit, planetary system, laws of reflection, ecosystems, natural disasters, organisms and animal behavior, experimentation, types of energy, water cycle, metamorphosis, and properties of matter. Students are also asked to interpret graphs, charts, and diagrams and to analyze the recorded data.

How to Pass the STAAR Test

Here are a few tips to help your student ace the STAAR:

  • Practice, practice, and more practice. The STAAR assesses both skill and knowledge, which are categorized as readiness and supportive standards. These standards are not only relevant for the student's current grade, but for his or her future college and career readiness. The surest way to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge is with practice. The best method is not to cram for the test but to practice a few months in advance. Try our practice pack now and start preparing today.

  • Talk with your child's teachers. It is best to communicate freely and openly with your child's teachers, preferably early in the school year. Try to find out if your child is struggling with any of the topics he or she will later be tested on. This will help focus your child's practice routine. Keep monitoring your child's progress in school to note any struggles.

  • Create a studying schedule. Students should study a few hours each day to ensure they master the material on which they are being tested while also reviewing material taught at the beginning of the year. Acquiring the necessary knowledge and skills won't happen overnight, so students should practice regularly. After they finish going over the Readiness Standards and the Supportive Standards, it is time to go back and tackle the questions that posed a challenge.

  • Read. The best way to expand vocabulary and enhance a student's reading comprehension is by introducing him or her to books that are both interesting and challenging at the same time. Gather your child's reading material from a variety of sources, such as books, plays, poetry, and news articles. Highlight and learn the definitions of new words. Ask challenging questions about the plot, the characters, and the author's intention.

  • Find applications for math in everyday life. Show your child that math doesn’t just exist in his or her textbook. Encourage him or her to use math on a daily basis, for instance by interpreting charts and diagrams found in the newspaper or on television. Also, it is important to help your child develop the habit of solving problems step by step and in an orderly manner to avoid any mistakes.

  • Students should get a good night's rest before the test as well as eat a healthy breakfast to start the day. Doing so will help to ensure they remain alert and focused throughout the exam.

  • Smile. Students have prepared and studied for the test, and now they are more than ready, so it is best to maintain a positive and relaxed attitude. Students should be familiar with the test's format and material by the time they take the test, so there is no need to apply extra pressure on the day of the test.

STAAR Test Practice - Online

The STAAR is an important test that can influence and shape your child's future academic development. Make sure your child is ready for the test by preparing with TestPrep-Online’s STAAR test practice pack. TestPrep-Online’s child-friendly and comprehensive practice packs will help your child prepare for test day. The STAAR test practice pack includes realistic practice tests, in-depth answer explanations, and helpful study guides, allowing your child to become familiar with the test structure and providing him or her with the confidence needed to succeed.

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