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STAAR Reading and Writing Practice Tests

Students in grades 3–8 are required to take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) Reading Test. In fourth and seventh grades, they are also required to pass the STAAR Writing Test. TestPrep-Online is here to help your child prepare for the STAAR Reading and Writing Tests. We have resources, practice tips, and all the information you need to excel on the STAAR.

With a 60% similarity to the STAAR, the NWEA MAP is a cross-State Gifted Exam designed to provide a detailed view of your child's academic abilities. High scores on both the MAP and the STAAR can lead to several academic opportunities in the future.


Related to the STAAR in terms of content and testing methods, the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) is a widely used admissions test by independent and elite academic programs.


Note: the STAAR Practice Pack is NOT included in our Premium Membership.

What Is the STAAR Reading Test?

Like the STAAR Math Test, all students in grades 3-8 are required to take the STAAR Reading Test. Each STAAR Reading Test is made unique to suit grade requirements. In this way, students remains relevant to the student’s current abilities, and academic goals.

The STAAR Reading Test presents students with challenging texts and asks them to demonstrate their understanding of the plot, their analysis of the meaning of the text, and their comprehension of the different literary techniques utilized by the author. Students are expected to analyze the context of the text, its argument, and its characters.

To pass the test successfully, students should possess a wide vocabulary, a critical eye, and an analytical approach. Proper preparation can make a significant difference in your child's reading abilities. Use TestPrep-Online to help your child gain the skills s/he needs in time for the test, or even just brush up on the ones s/he already has.

With a 60% similarity to the STAAR, the NWEA MAP is a cross-State Gifted Exam designed to provide a detailed view of your child's academic abilities. High scores on both the MAP and the STAAR can lead to several academic opportunities in the future.


Related to the STAAR in terms of content and testing methods, the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) is a widely used admissions test by independent and elite academic programs.


STAAR Reading Topics

While the reading concepts and skills change each grade and require different levels of understanding, some topics are taught, in one form or another, in all or almost all grades:
  • Understanding across different literary genres
  • Comprehending and analyzing literary texts
  • Comprehending and analyzing informational texts

Find out more about the STAAR Reading test for the following grades:

STAAR Performance Standards

The Performance Standards change from one year to the next. Students need to score above the Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance to pass the STAAR. These are the Performance Standards for STAAR Reading for the year 2016–2017:

  • Third Grade – 1365
  • Fourth Grade – 1454
  • Fifth Grade – 1489
  • Sixth Grade – 1536
  • Seventh Grade – 1585
  • Eighth Grade – 1606

What Is the STAAR Writing Test?

Students in fourth and seventh grade take the STAAR Writing Test. The test assesses the actual writing as well as the writing process of students. Students are asked to write expository and persuasive essays, present their ideas clearly and eloquently, and defend them. Students should utilize rhetorical devices and various sources while presenting concise concepts and their analysis of them. The test also requires students to demonstrate their mastery of the English language by assessing their grammar, syntax, capitalization, spelling, and punctuation skills.

STAAR Writing Topics

While the writing concepts and skills change each grade and require different levels of understanding, some topics are taught, in one form or another, in all or almost all grades:
  • Composition
  • Revision
  • Editing

Find out more about the STAAR Writing Test for fourth grade and seventh grade.

STAAR Performance Standards

The Performance Standards change from one year to the next. Students need to score above the Level II: Satisfactory Academic Performance to pass the STAAR. These are the Performance Standards for STAAR Writing for the year 2016–2017:
  • Fourth Grade – 3625
  • Seventh Grade – 3625

How to Prepare for the STAAR Reading and Writing Tests

Here are five tips to ace the STAAR Reading and Writing assessments:

  • 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.


  • Vocabulary, vocabulary, vocabulary. Try to teach your child one to five new words each day. Don't just memorize them; instead, ask your child to use these words in sentences throughout the day. Expanding your child's vocabulary enhances his or her level of reading comprehension and will serve him or her well on the test day and in life.


  • Write. One of the best ways to practice one's writing skills is by actually writing. Ask your child to write a composition once or twice a month or to even keep a diary. Encourage your child to use the new words he or she has learned. Later, review your child's work for any grammar mistakes.


  • Find your preferred testing method. Some students prefer to read the questions first, some prefer to answer as they read, and some prefer to read and then answer the question. Find the testing technique that best fits your thinking style and practice it again and again until it is perfected.


  • Turn weaknesses into strengths. Find the reading comprehension questions, writing techniques, or grammar rules that challenge your child and tackle them head on. Mastering a difficult concept will increase your child's confidence as well as improve his or her grade in the class.

STAAR Test Practice - Online

Since STAAR assessment is a requirement for all students in Texas, it is important to properly prepare in order to make the best impression possible. To help your child improve his or her skills, and acquire new ones, TestPrep-Online has released a 3rd Grade STAAR Practice Pack. This pack offers math and English study guides, practice tests, sample questions, and detailed explanations.


With a 60% similarity to the STAAR, the NWEA MAP is a cross-State Gifted Exam designed to provide a detailed view of your child's academic abilities. High scores on both the MAP and the STAAR can lead to several academic opportunities in the future.


Related to the STAAR in terms of content and testing methods, the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) is a widely used admissions test by independent and elite academic programs.


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