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STAAR EOC Tests

When students enter high school, they start taking a different kind of STAAR tests called the STAAR EOC (end of course). Students must pass five of these STAAR EOC tests to graduate from high school. The tests may be administered in either a pencil-and-paper or online format. Students can take the STAAR EOC during the spring, summer, or fall administrations, preferably as close as possible to the completion of the corresponding course. Students have three opportunities each school year to pass the STAAR EOC assessments.

Since students must pass five STAAR EOC exams during their high school career to graduate, the number of opportunities depends on when they took the course. For example, if a student took Algebra I in his or her freshman year, the student will have ten chances to pass the STAAR Algebra I test. If, however, he or she took the course in his or her junior year, he or she will have only four testing opportunities.

To pass the STAAR EOC tests, students must meet or exceed the Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance standard.

STAAR Algebra I

This is the only test students may take in middle school as a pre-AP Mathematics course. Should they apply for this course, they will be required to take the STAAR Algebra I test, and not the STAAR Math Test for 8th Grade. The test itself contains a reference sheet and graphing paper. Students are allowed to use graphing calculators. The test contains 54 multiple-choice and open-ended questions that are machine scorable. The questions assess the following subjects:

  • Linear equations functions and graphs
  • Expanding and simplifying equations
  • Exponents and square roots
  • Two-variable linear inequalities
  • Quadratic equations and functions
  • Slope, range, domain, and X and Y intercepts
  • Systems of linear equations exponential functions and graphs
  • Geometry

 

STAAR Biology

The test itself contains a reference sheet and graphing paper. Students are allowed to use four-function, scientific, or graphing calculators. The test contains 54 multiple-choice questions. The questions cover various topics, such as the following:

  • Energy flow
  • Food chains
  • Ecosystems
  • Organism interaction and relationships
  • Mutations and evolution
  • Enzyme and enzyme regulation
  • DNA - structure, components
  • Replication, organ and body systems
  • Cell division and reproduction
  • Cellular respiration
  • Photosynthesis
  • Bacteria and archaea
  • Organism classification system
  • Cell specialization
  • Plant biology, structure, and function
  • Cellular activity
  • Homeostasis—positive/ negative feedback mechanisms

STAAR English I

The STAAR English I test has a five-hour time limit because. It consists of two sections—writing and reading. The test contains 50 multiple-choice questions, one essay prompt, and two short answers.

STAAR English I Writing Section

This section contains four paragraphs, 400–700 words in length, and 22 corresponding questions. The following tasks can be expected:

  • Adding missing information to the text
  • Combining, revising, and replacing given sentences
  • Demonstrating correct use of vocabulary, phrasing, grammar, spelling, and punctuation
  • Completing a short essay based on a given writing prompt

STAAR English I Reading Section 

This section consists of four paragraphs, 500–1400 words in length, and 27 corresponding questions. It contains two short answer prompts. The passages are collected from both fiction and nonfiction sources. The test assesses the following factors:

  • Comprehension of the story's main theme
  • Author's purpose and opinion
  • Characters and their behavior
  • 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.

STAAR English II

The STAAR English II test has a five-hour time limit because it combines two sections — writing and reading. The test contains 50 multiple-choice questions, one essay prompt, and two short answers.

STAAR English II Writing Section

This section of the test contains four passages, 400–700 words in length, and 22 corresponding questions. While the length of the passages and the number of questions on the test may differ, the content is the same as that of the English I Writing Section.

STAAR English II Reading Section

The reading section has four paragraphs, 500–1400 words in length, and 27 corresponding questions. This section of the test also contains two short answer prompts. The passages are complex and require attentive and critical reading to comprehend. While there are small differences on this section, compared to English I, the content is similar in terms of categories.

STAAR U.S. History

The STAAR U.S. History Test contains 68 multiple-choice questions. The questions assess the following:

  • Important historical figures, their deeds, words, and influence on U.S. History
  • American eras and the trends and events that defined them
  • American War—what led to them and their effect
  • Minorities, immigrants, and slaves
  • U.S. political and economic relations with other countries
  • Racism and the Civil Rights Movement
  • Historic American documents, acts, and treaties
  • Environmental laws
  • Inventions and their influence
  • Political cartoons and posters
  • Political parties, their ideology, and prominent members
  • U.S. economy, and presidents, their elections, deeds, and legacies

How to Pass the STAAR Test

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Keep the body healthy. 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

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