STAAR Resources & Sample Questions
Is your child about to take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR)? TestPrep-Online offers sample questions for STAAR Math for grades 3–8 to help you practice for the test.
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Sample Questions and ExplanationsTo help you prepare for the STAAR, we wrote one math question per grade and included the explanations for the answers. Our aim is to help you understand and learn the material.
Daisy has a lot of rabbits. To feed her rabbits, Daisy decides to buy three packs of carrots. Each pack contains 10 carrots. She wants to give each rabbit six carrots. Which equation represents how many rabbits Daisy owns?
A.3 x 10 / 6
B.3 x 10 x 6
C.3 + 10 - 6
D.3 + 10 + 6
The correct answer is (A).
To solve this problem, you first need to determine the total number of carrots. Since Daisy bought three packs of carrots, and each pack contains 10 carrots, you need to multiply 10 by 3, or add 10 three times: 3 x 10, or 10 + 10 + 10, equals 30. The question says Daisy wanted to give each rabbit six carrots. Thus, to find the total number of rabbits, you need to divide 30 by 6.
In other words, 3 x 10 / 6 is the correct answer.
Practice for the 3rd Grade STAAR Test
Sam wants to grow his own vegetable garden. The plot of land Sam plowed for his garden has two obtuse angles. Which figure could be the one Sam plowed?
The correct answer is (C).
The easiest way to solve this problem is to try and draw it. An obtuse angle is an angle that is greater than 90° and less than 180°. Since all the angles in both a rectangle and a square are equal to 900, you know these figures cannot be the right ones. An obtuse triangle contains one obtuse angle, but its other two angles are always acute—less than 90o. This is because the sum of a triangle's angles must always equal 1800. Thus, if one angle is greater than 90o, the sum of the other two angles must be less than 90°. Therefore, there can only be one obtuse angle in an obtuse triangle. Once you’ve ruled these three options out, you can know for certain that the answer is a trapezoid. A trapezoid can have two obtuse angles, so it fits the question's description.
Practice for the 4th Grade STAAR Test
Rosie has a long ribbon that is 31.76 inches in length. She wants to cut it into eight matching ribbons of equal length. What is the length of each ribbon in inches?
The correct answer is (B).
To solve this question, you must use long division. You want to divide 31.76 by 8. First, try to divide 3 by 8. Since 8 goes into 3 zero times, you must bring down the next number, 1, and try to see how many times 8 goes into 31. The number 8 goes into 31 three times. 8 times 3 is 24. 31 minus 24 is 7, which is the difference. Bring down the next number, 7, and you get the number 77. The number 8 goes into 77 nine times. 8 times 9 is 72. 77 minus 72 is 5. Bring down the last number, 6, and you get the number 56. The number 8 goes into 56 exactly 7 times. Since there is no remainder, your division is done. Remember to keep track of the decimal! Since the last two digits of the divided number (31.75) were located after the decimal, the two last digits of the quotient must be located after the decimal as well. So 397 should be written as 3.97, which is the correct answer.
Practice for the 5th Grade STAAR Test
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As part of a local survey, Merry asked 700 people from his village to name their favorite food. The results showed that 28 of the villagers like mushrooms best. What percentage of the villagers surveyed prefer mushrooms to all other food?
The correct answer is (D).
To solve this question, you must set up a fraction of 28 over 700. To get the percentage, you must make sure the denominator is equal to 100. The denominator is 700, so you need to divide both the denominator and the numerator by 7. The result of 28/700 divided by 7 is 4/100, which is equal to 4%.
Practice for the 6th Grade STAAR Test
Belladonna wants to buy a new cake pan to bake a seed cake for her guests. The pan should be cylinder in shape, 9 inches in radius, and 162π in volume. What would be its height in inches?
The correct answer is (A).
The formula used to calculate the volume of a cylinder is the area of the base times height. To find the height of a cylinder, you need to divide the volume by the area of the base. First, find the area of the circular base. Since you know the radius of the base is 9, you need to multiply 9 squared by π, which is 81π. Now that you have the area of the circular base, you need to divide the volume of the cylinder, 162π, by the area of the base, 81π. The result of 162π / 81π is 2, which is the correct answer.
Practice for the 7th Grade STAAR Test
Bill wants to buy medals for the county's annual pony competition. His friend, Tom, charges $7.50 for each medal and a one-time engraving fee of $9. Goldberry, Bill's neighbor, charges $3.50 for each medal and a one-time engraving fee of $21. Which inequality should Bill use to find x, the minimum number of medals he must order so that Tom's total charge is less than Goldberry's total charge?
A.3.50x + 21 < 7.50x + 9
B.3.50x + 21 > 7.50x + 9
C.3.50 + 21x < 7.50 + 9x
D.3.50 + 21x > 7.50 + 9x
The correct answer is (B).
The first step is to define the equation for Tom and Goldberry. The x, or the number of medals, should be multiplied by the price per medal (Tom = 7.5, Goldberry = 3.5). To that number, you should add the one-time engraving fee (Tom = 9, Goldberry = 21). Therefore,
Tom = 7.5x + 9
Goldberry = 3.5x + 21
Now, you want to find how many medals Bill can buy from Tom before Tom's charges exceed Goldberry's. Since you want Tom's result to be cheaper, you need to position the inequality like this: Goldberry > Tom, or, in other words, 3.5x + 21 > 7.5x + 9.
Practice for the 8th Grade STAAR Test
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Nine Tips to Ace 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. 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.
- 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 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 a tidy manner to avoid any mistakes.
- Turn weaknesses into strengths. Find the concepts, techniques, or material 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.
- Don’t memorize; understand. Memorizing isn't useful when it comes to applying concepts to different problems. Comprehension of concepts will improve your child's learning process and problem-solving skills.
- 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.
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On the STAAR Test DayHere are four tips to help you prepare your child for the day of the STAAR test:
- Pack the night before. Bring pencils, a pencil sharpener, an eraser, and a calculator (if the test requires it). Pack everything you need the day before so you won't have to look for it on the day of the test.
- Get a good night's rest before the test. Doing so will help to ensure your child remains alert and focused throughout the exam.
- Eat a healthy breakfast to start the day. Eating a healthy breakfast will ensure your child has plenty of energy to tackle the four-hour 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 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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