SBAC Practice Tests and Sample Question

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
SBAC Practice Test

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium or also known as SBAC, are tests that are taken online, which assess students’ knowledge of the Common Core Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics.

The Smarter Balanced testing is to be taken by 3rd grade to 8th grade and 11th-grade students. It is to measure their college and SBAC career readiness. The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System.

A great way to practice for SBAC is to take SBAC practice tests. If you want to be comfortable with the test, you can take a SBAC Math practice test, for instance.

Format and Content Outline

SBAC testing is divided into three to improve teaching and learning. They are Formative Assessment, Interim Assessment, and Summative Assessment.

1. The Formative Assessment is used by teachers and students for learning. The process requires that during instruction, there should be actionable feedback that will help teachers adjust and improve their learning strategies.

2. The Interim Assessment is also called as the optional periodic test. It is because, through it, educators would be able to track their students’ progress throughout the year. It is also composed of 3 features:

● Interim Comprehensive Assessments or ICAs are similar to Summative Assessments in content. It is convenient     for measuring the knowledge and skills of new students. It assesses the full range of targets
● Interim Assessment Blocks or IABs are used by educators to assess their students throughout the year in smaller      bundles of content. It assesses 3 to 8 targets in ELA/Literacy or Math.
● Focused IABs are those used by educators to assess 1 to 3 targets in ELA/Literacy or Math. It is for a more               detailed comprehension of student learning.

3. The Summative Assessment is the end-of-year test that measures the improvement of the students in English Language Arts/Literacy and Math for college and career readiness. It also contains two parts or formats: CAT and PT.

• The CAT or Computer Adaptive Test is used to measure the level of knowledge that the students have. The difficulty of the questions will rely on the answers of the students as they take the tests. The more a student answers correctly, the more challenging the questions will be.

• The PT or Performance Task makes use of writing, and it questions the students with multi-step and real-world problems that are based on information that is presented in the question.

To further understand the relevance of the summative assessments, the following tables show its content outline:

For English Language Arts/ Literacy, there are 4 claims. According to the Smarter Balanced Org, claims are arguments obtained from evidence about college and career readiness.

Reading

The students must have the necessary reading and analytical skills to comprehend various literary and informational texts.

Writing

The students must know how to write for different purposes and audiences effectively.

Speaking and Listening 

The students must know how to effectively speak and listen for different purposes and audiences.

Research

The students must know how to investigate and research various topics and to analyze and present information.

                                                       English Language Arts/Literacy (Grades 3 to 5)

Claim/Score Reporting

Category

Content Category              Items Total Items
CATPT
Reading Literary7 to 8014 to 16
Informational7 to 8014 to 16
WritingOrganization/Purpose319
Evidence/Elaboration319
Conventions319
Speaking/ListeningListening8 to 908 to 9
Research Research819
                                                       English Language Arts/Literacy (Grades 6 to 8)

Claim/Score Reporting

Category

Content Category              Items Total Items
CATPT
Reading Literary4 to 7014 to 17
Informational10 to 12014 to 17
WritingOrganization/Purpose319
Evidence/Elaboration319
Conventions319
Speaking/ListeningListening8 to 908 to 9
Research Research81

9

                                                       English Language Arts/Literacy (Grades 11)

Claim/Score Reporting

Category

Content Category              Items Total Items
CATPT
Reading Literary4015 to 16
Informational11 to 12015 to 16
WritingOrganization/Purpose319
Evidence/Elaboration319
Conventions319
Speaking/ListeningListening8 to 908 to 9
Research Research819

For Mathematics, there are 4 mathematical claims. According to the book 6th Grade, SBAC Test Prep and Workbook for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, it contains various test type formats, such as multiple-choice, grid-in, multi-select and matching, among others.  

Concepts & Procedures

The students must be able to give explanations and applications of mathematical concepts. They must also be able to interpret various mathematical procedures with accuracy and expertise. 

Problem Solving

The students must be able to have solutions for a range of complex word problems in applied and pure mathematics. They must also have problem-solving strategies.

Communicating Reasoning

The students must know how to concisely and clearly construct arguments to support their reasoning. They must also be able to critique other people’s reasoning, as well.

Modeling and Data Analysis

The students must know how to utilize mathematical models for interpretation and problem-solving. They must also be capable of analyzing real-world scenarios. 

                                                                   Mathematics (Grades 3 to 5)

Claim/Score Reporting

Category

Content Category

               Items

Total Items

CAT

PT

Concepts & Procedures

Priority Cluster

13 to 15

0

17 to 20

Supporting Cluster

4 to 5 

0

17 to 20

Problem Solving

Problem Solving

6

2 to 4

8 to 10

Communicating Reasoning

Communicating Reasoning

8

0 to 2

8 to 10

Modeling and Data Analysis

Modeling and Data Analysis

6

2 to 4

8 to 10

                                                                   Mathematics (Grades 6 to 8)

Claim/Score Reporting

Category

Content Category

               Items

Total Items

CAT

PT

Concepts & Procedures

Priority Cluster

12 to 15

0

16 to 20

Supporting Cluster

4 to 5 

0

16 to 20

Problem Solving

Problem Solving

6

2 to 4

8 to 10

Communicating Reasoning

Communicating Reasoning

8

0 to 2

8 to 10

Modeling and Data Analysis

Modeling and Data Analysis

6

2 to 4

8 to 10

                                                                   Mathematics (Grades 11)

Claim/Score Reporting

Category

Content Category

               Items

Total Items

CAT

PT

Concepts & Procedures

Priority Cluster

14 to 16

0

19 to 22

Supporting Cluster

5 to 6 

0

8 to 10

Problem Solving

Problem Solving

6

2 to 4

8 to 10

Communicating Reasoning

Communicating Reasoning

8

0 to 2

8 to 10

Modeling and Data Analysis

Modeling and Data Analysis

6

2 to 4

8 to 10

How long is the SBAC Testing?

The Smarter Balanced Assessments are not timed. Students can take all the time that they need but for purposes of scheduling and test administration, here are some estimated testing times:

                                                                  English Language Arts/Literacy
                                                                               Testing Times
GradesCATPTTotal
3 to 51:302:003:30
6 to 81:302:003:30
112:002:004:00
                                                                                Mathematics
                                                                               Testing Times
GradesCATPTTotal
3 to 51:301:002:30
6 to 82:001:003:00
112:001:303:30
 

What is the reporting for Smarter Balanced scores?

The students’ SBAC scores will be reported in two ways:

Scaled Scores – these are scores that contain the overall numerical score, and it is within the range of 2000 to 3000. They depict the students’ current level of achievement and their progress.

Achievement Levels – these are based on the scaled scores, and it is divided into four levels, Level 1 to 4:

                                                                    English Language Arts/Literacy
GradeLevel 1Level 2Level 3Level 4
3<23672367 to 24312432 to 2489>2489
4<24162416 to 24722473 to 2532>2532
5<24422442to 25012502 to 2581>2581
6<24572457 to 25302531 to 2617>2617
7<24792479 to 25512552 to 2648>2648
8<24872487 to 25662567 to 2667>2667
9<24892489 to 25702571 to 2671>2671
10<24912491 to 25762577 to 2677>2677
11<24932493 to 25822583 to 2681>2681
                                                                                      Mathematics
GradeLevel 1Level 2Level 3Level 4
3<23812381 to 24352436 to 2500>2500
4<24112411 to 24842485 to 2548>2548
5<24552455 to 25272528 to 2578>2578
6<24732473 to 25512552 to 2609>2609
7<24842484 to 25662567 to 2634>2634
8<25042504 to 25852586 to 2652>2652
9<25172517 to 26002601 to 2675>2675
10<25332533  to 26132614 to 2696>2696
11<25432543 to 26272628 to 2717>2717

How to Prepare for the Smarter Balanced test?

What you should remember is that the purpose of the assessment system is to make high-quality online tests that will be beneficial to both the educators and the students. It is in alignment with the Common Core standards. These standards help with ensuring that students will be academically successful in their various endeavors.

Since you have to take it online and it also untimed, it doesn’t mean that you do not have to prepare for it. You have to do great so your assessment will show your hard work. That’s why before taking it, you must always study and review. You won’t be able to advance in level or be considered college and career ready if you do not invest a lot of time in learning the various topics and lessons.

SBAC Questions

Can you use a SBAC calculator in the SBAC exam?

For 3rd grade to 5th-grade students, they are not allowed to use calculators for the Summative Mathematics assessments. But for the 6th grade to 8th-grade students, their Mathematics assessments are divided into two sections: one that allows the use of a calculator and one that doesn’t allow it. It is also similar to high school students. Their tests also have two sections.

Do colleges look at SBAC scores?

In seven states, including Washington and California, some colleges and universities accept SBAC scores. High school students who take the test can start their college course work or even avoid remedial courses.

What is your review of SBAC?

The SBAC helps educators and students alike to keep up with the rise of educational standards. They make use of technology to be able to make assessments that will be an advantage for hard-working students. It will prepare them for academic success.

How to prepare for the SBAC test grade 7 in California?

Students should make use of Smarter Balanced practice tests. It is convenient, and it will help improve their skills faster. You can check out our tests at Practice Test Geeks.

How were the ‘Common Core State Standards’ created?

In 2009, the state realized the need for consistent learning goals, so the CCSSO and the NGA center coordinated to develop the Common Core State Standards. Its design was made with the collaborative effort of various teachers, administrators, chiefs, and other experts.

What is CAASPP and SBAC?

The assessments were created by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia (SBAC), which will be used by member states. CAASPP meaning California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, formerly known as STAR, is used in California (Standardized Testing and Reporting).

How to check CAASPP Scores?

1. Go to http://www.caaspp.org/.
2. Choose the TOMS (Test Operations Management System) button.
3. Login the TOMS system.

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