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# STAAR Test Practice for 6th, 7th, and 8th Grades

Students in the sixth, seventh, and eighth 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 pass it with ease. We have resources, practice tips, and all the information you need to excel on the STAAR.
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## 6th Grade STAAR Test

Students in 6th grade take two STAAR tests: Math and Reading. This year (2016–2017), the 6th-grade STAAR testing dates are:
• Math – May 8th (Monday)
• Reading – May 9th (Tuesday)

Students can make up any missing sessions on May 12th (Friday). The STAAR Test assesses Readiness Standards and Supporting Standards, which are highly important to master in order to be fully prepared to tackle 7th grade. 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.

### 6th Grade STAAR Math Test

The test contains 48 multiple-choice questions and four 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 algebra and algebraic equations, inequalities, fractions, range and average, converting data into equations, interpreting charts and diagrams, rates, plotting data and analyzing graphs, units of measurement, percentages, number properties, and geometry (area, perimeter, volume, and angles).

### 6th Grade STAAR Reading Test

The test contains 48 questions and six paragraphs, each about 500–850 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 literary devices and their contribution to the storytelling. Some questions might ask students to compare and contrast two given passages and their properties. Passages might contain images as well as questions inquiring about the relationship between these images and the written information.

## 7th Grade STAAR Test

Students in 7th grade take three STAAR tests: Math, Writing, and Reading. This year (2016–2017), the 7th 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.

### 7th Grade STAAR Writing Test

The test contains four passages, about 300–550 words in length; 30 multiple-choice questions—13 revision questions and 17 editing questions; and an expository writing prompt. The questions asses students' knowledge of grammar, tense, capitalization, spelling, syntax, punctuation, and paragraph structure. Students may be asked to revise, replace, change, or combine sentences. The test also contains questions regarding the purpose of sentences and their relationship within the given passage.

### 7th Grade STAAR Math Test

The test contains 50 multiple-choice questions and four 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 algebra and algebraic equations, inequalities, distance formula, probability, fractions, converting data into equations, interpreting charts and diagrams, rates, plotting data and analyzing graphs, units of measurement, percentages, number properties, and geometry (area, perimeter, volume, surface area, angles, and similar and congruent shapes).

### 7th Grade STAAR Reading Test

The test contains 50 questions and six paragraphs, about 500–900 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 literary devices and their contribution to the storytelling. Some questions might ask students to compare and contrast two given passages and their properties. Passages might contain images as well as questions inquiring about the relationship between these images and the written information.

## 8th Grade STAAR Test

Students in 8th grade take four STAAR tests: Math, Science, Reading, and Social Studies. This year (2016–2017), the 8th grade STAAR testing dates are:

Students can make up the STAAR Math and Reading tests on March 31st (Friday) and the STAAR Science and Social Studies tests on May 12th (Friday). Passing the 8th-grade STAAR Reading and Math tests is crucial for students to be promoted to high school, 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.

### 8th Grade STAAR Math Test

The test contains 52 multiple-choice questions and four open-ended questions. The student is provided with graphing paper and a reference sheet. Calculators are allowed. The test covers various mathematical concepts that were taught during the year, such as algebraic equations and functions, roots and exponents, inequalities, distance formula, probability, fractions, range and average, converting data into equations, proportional and inverse relationships, interpreting charts and diagrams, rates, plotting data and analyzing graphs, units of measurement, percentages, number properties, and geometry (area, perimeter, volume, surface area, angles, and similar and congruent shapes).

### 8th Grade STAAR Reading Test

The test contains 52 questions and six paragraphs, about 550–900 words in length. The STAAR utilizes more complex paragraphs taken from various sources, such as fiction, poetry, plays, and nonfiction, as well as scientific articles. The test assesses students' comprehension of the story's main theme, author's purpose and opinion, relations between paragraphs, and plot and plot elements, 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 literary devices and their contribution to the storytelling. Some questions might ask students to compare and contrast two given passages and their properties. Passages might contain images as well as questions inquiring about the relationship between these images and the written information.

### 8th Grade STAAR Science Test

The test contains 55 multiple-choice questions and a reference sheet of formulas and the periodic table. The questions cover numerous topics, including space and celestial bodies; cell structure and function; organ systems; ecosystems and food chains; succession of species; animal behavior and evolutionary adaptations; tectonic plates, pollution, and climate change; movement and velocity of objects; types of force; Newton's laws; experimentation; types of energy; chemical formulas and reactions; and properties of matter and the elements. Students are also asked to interpret graphs, charts, and diagrams and to analyze the recorded data.

### 8th Grade STAAR Social Studies Test

The test contains 52 multiple-choice questions. The questions cover numerous topics, including American history and geography; American economical practices; defining characteristics of the different states; historic American documents, acts, and treaties; influential individuals (quotes, deeds, and opinions); American wars; inventions and their influence; important dates; minorities, immigrants, and the slave trade; government structure and the balance of power; American eras; and landmark court cases.

## 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 readiness and supportive standards, which make up most of the material taught in school each year. These standards are not only relevant for the student's current grade, but also for his or her future college and career readiness. The surest way to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge is with the right practice. Regular and gradual practice is the most effective means to ensure long-term retention of the material and the success of the student. Try our practice pack now and start preparing today.

• Create a studying schedule. Students should study a few hours each day to ensure they master the material on which they are being tested. This method will help them retain the necessary knowledge and skills better than if they were to try to cram the material the night before the test. While studying, mark the standards that posed a challenge for the student and remember to review them before the test.

• Read. Reading interesting and challenging books, plays, poems, and news articles is the best way to expand vocabulary and enhance a student's reading comprehension. Ask the student thought-provoking questions about the text to promote critical thinking and an analytical approach.

• 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 students stay focused and sharp throughout the exam.

• Smile. Maintain a positive and relaxed attitude to ensure the student feels the same. 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 interactive and comprehensive practice packs will help your child master the skills and knowledge necessary 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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