About the Training Tests

The purpose of the training tests is to help students, teachers, and parents become familiar with the various item types, tools, and navigation used in the online testing system. The brief training tests are not intended to guide classroom instruction. Training tests are available for the English language arts (ELA), math, and science online assessments.

Smarter Balanced ELA and Math: Training tests are available in grade bands: 3–5, 6–8, and high school. Users can access math Online Training Test Supports document on the Mathematics Assessment webpage. The document includes helpful information for each question on math training tests.

Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science: Training tests are available for grades 5, 8, and high school. Users can access the science Online Training Test Support document on the Science Assessment webpage. The document includes helpful information on accessing the training tests as well as answer keys and alignment information for each question on science training tests.

About the Practice Tests

The purpose of the practice tests is to allow teachers, students, and parents to experience a Smarter Balanced or ELPA21 online test. The practice tests sample the content of the summative tests.

Smarter Balanced ELA and Math: The practice tests are similar in format and structure to the summative Smarter Balanced ELA and math assessments and include performance tasks. These tests provide a broad coverage of claims, a range of grade-specific test questions, and a breadth of difficulty levels across items. However, the practice tests are not adaptive, and student responses are not saved or scored. The practice tests are not intended to guide classroom instruction. Smarter Balanced has produced Practice Test Scoring Guides which provide details about the items, student response types, correct responses, and related scoring information.

ELPA 21: The practice tests are shorter than the summative test, but contain the same task types. These tests provide students, teachers, and parents a chance to become familiar with the various item types, tools, and navigation used on the ELPA21 test.

Accessing the Practice and Training Tests

Users may take the practice and training tests in guest mode or by accessing a securely supported browser or web browser. For more information, refer to the Supported Browsers page.