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Free Sample Questions and Explanations
To help you prepare for the STAAR, we offer one free math question per grade and included the explanations for the answers. Our aim is to help you understand and learn the material.STAAR 3rd Grade Sample Question
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
Answer:
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.
Back to topSTAAR 4th Grade Sample Question
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?
A.Square
B.Obtuse triangle
C.Trapezoid
D.Rectangle
Answer:
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 90°. 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.
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Back to topSTAAR 5th Grade Sample Question
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?
A.3.75 in.
B.3.97 in.
C.4.05 in.
D.3.50 in.
Answer:
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.
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Back to topSTAAR 6th Grade Sample Question
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?
A.0.04%
B.25%
C.40%
D.4%
Answer:
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%.
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Back to topSTAAR 7th Grade Sample Question
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?
A.2 in.
B.8 in.
C.4 in.
D.6 in.
Answer:
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.
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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
Answer:
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.
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Back to topSTAAR Prep Tips
- Discover your child’s learning style. Every child has a different way of learning. Before embarking on the preparation process, be sure to take the extra time to find out which method works best for your child. Is s/he a visual, aural, verbal, physical, logical, social, and/or solitary learner? Find out now (link to new window: https://www.learning-styles-online.com/overview/ ) and get a better idea of how to structure your aspiring studying time.
- Line up your preparation tools. Make sure to have a variety of practice material and writing and calculation utensils at hand. In addition, keep a clean space that is appropriate for studying, preferably a quiet corner of your home with a desk, and a comfortable chair.
- Keep the body strong, keep the mind working. Once you start a long-term studying routine, both body and mind need to be in top condition for ideal performance. Help your child feel healthy and motivated through healthy snacks, a proper sleep cycle, and a daily dose of exercise.
- Progress with a steady study schedule. A sense of “study time” can help your child get into “study mode” quicker, and more effectively. Maintaining a steady stream of short breaks also helps your child gain more mental energy and process more information throughout the day.
- Incorporate practice tests. Practice tests of any sort can do wonders for adjusting your child to testing conditions. Make sure to set a timer in order to help your child feel more at ease under time constraints.
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