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STAAR High School - End of Course Practice Tests

Students in high school are required to take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) End of Course (EOC). They must pass the five STAAR EOC tests—Algebra I, English I, English II, Biology, and U.S. History—to graduate high school. TestPrep-Online is here to help your child prepare for the STAAR EOC tests and ace them. We have resources, practice tips, and all the information you need to excel on the STAAR.
 
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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 courses. Should they apply for this course, they will be required to take the STAAR Algebra 1 test, but 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 various subjects, such as 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; and 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 Mendelian genetics; viruses and the spread of epidemics; energy flow, food chains, and ecosystems.

The test also contains questions about organism interaction and relationship; mutations and evolutions; enzyme and enzyme regulation; DNA - structure, components, and 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; and homeostasis—positive/ negative feedback mechanisms.

STAAR English I

The STAAR English I 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.

  • The writing section contains four paragraphs, 400–700 words in length, and 22 corresponding questions. The test might ask students to add missing information, such as a thesis or a detail that is necessary to strengthen or clarify the given passage. Students are also asked to combine, revise, and replace given sentences. Some of the questions measure students' knowledge of English by assessing their vocabulary, phrasing, grammar, spelling, and punctuation. The final part of the writing section is the expository writing prompt.

  • The reading section contains 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 collected from various sources, such as articles, essays, plays, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The test assesses students' comprehension of the story's main theme, author's purpose and opinion, characters and their behavior, and plot and plot elements, in addition to evaluating students' vocabulary. The test places greater emphasis on 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.

  • The writing section contains four paragraphs, 400–700 words in length, and 22 corresponding questions. The test asks students to analyze the text and choose the best methods to strengthen or clarify a given passage. Some of the suggestions might include adding a thesis, a detail, or a quote; deleting repetitive information; or leaving the text as is. Students are also asked to combine, revise, and replace given sentences. Some of the questions measure students' knowledge of English by assessing their vocabulary, phrasing, grammar, spelling, and punctuation. The final part of the writing section is the persuasive writing prompt.

  • 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. They are collected from various sources, such as articles, essays, plays, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The test assesses students' comprehension of the story's main theme, author's purpose and opinion, characters and their behavior, and plot and plot elements, in addition to evaluating students' vocabulary. Students may have to choose evidence from the text to support an argument. The test places greater emphasis on 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 U.S. History

The STAAR U.S. History test contains 68 multiple-choice questions. The questions assess students' knowledge of 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.

Other topics students may encounter on the test include 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

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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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