3rd Grade Achievement Tests and Exams

In many states, 3rd graders are required take an achievement or assessment exam designed to test student mastery of the state learning standards. Most states assess 3rd graders in reading and math. Read on for information about resources that can help your child prepare.

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Your child won't have to do too much to prepare for the 3rd grade achievement test as long as he or she is keeping up with schoolwork. Most teachers cover the state standards thoroughly over the course of the school year. Your state's Department of Education may provide practice materials that your child can use in the days and weeks leading up to an achievement test.

Tests from North Carolina's State Board of Education

In the spring, 3rd graders in North Carolina must take an achievement exam called the North Carolina End-of-Grade (EOG) Test. This test covers reading and math and is presented primarily in a multiple-choice format. North Carolina's State Board of Education website provides practice tests and valuable information about the 3rd grade EOG.

Since the 2005-2006 school year, the EOG test has been based on the 2003 North Carolina Standard Course of Study and its stated objectives. The sample tests items and answer keys you can download were last updated in April 2008; however, you can expect this year's exam to be very similar.

Practice Exams from the Texas Education Agency

In Texas, 3rd graders are required to take the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test, based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The Texas Education Agency provides information booklets and released exams covering math and reading. The practice tests and answer keys are released every three years. The current ones you can download are from 2009.

Georgia Assessment Tests

The Georgia Department of Education provides free practice tests and study guides. This is for the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) that are based on the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS). For 3rd grade, the study guide and practice tests cover reading, language arts, math, science and social studies.

If you live in Georgia, your child may already have a log in name and password to access the practice tests. If not, you can use you child's grade level for both. For example, if your child is in the 3rd grade, simple enter 'grade3' in both fields.

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