5th Grade CTB Test: Reading Sample Questions

CTB tests are educational assessments published by McGraw Hill for K-12 students and certain adults. These tests cover a variety of subjects and are based on the Common Core State Standards. Keep reading for information about the CTB tests and giving your child sample reading questions at home.

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Finding CTB Reading Sample Questions

Although you could always make a trip to an education or teacher's store, the Internet will probably be your main source for CTB exams for your child. The CTB website from McGraw Hill offers a number of options for CTB tests based on various grade levels and subject areas. If you're looking for reading questions, you and your child will be focused on the English/language arts tests for secondary elementary school.

Although, there are few free options when it comes CTB sample questions, you can find a variety of reading practice exercises for free online. Even if they're not officially made for CTB preparation, if they're based on the Common Core State Standards, then they'll likely be useful for your child. Look for exercises that focus on reading comprehension, grammar and vocabulary words for 5th graders. The following are a few types of questions that you can give your child at home to prepare for a CTB test.

Reading Comprehension

It's important for your child to practice reading comprehension for a CTB test. Give your child a fictional reading passage that's approximately a page long. When your child finishes reading it, give him or her a series of questions addressing setting, events, characters and themes. Next, give your child a non-fiction passage focused on a historical or scientific topic. Have your questions address the main points of the passage as well as one or two specific details.


Grammar in the 5th grade tends to cover prepositions, interjections and conjunctions. Conjunctions are words that join together parts of a sentence, such as 'but' or 'and'. Write down a series of incomplete sentences for your child and have him or her pick the most appropriate conjunction for each.


To ensure that your child can read fluently at a 5th grade level, it can often help to work on vocabulary. Use your child's vocabulary lists from school to create questions and worksheets. You can also create your own 5th grade word lists from a variety of educational sites.

To help your child remember vocabulary words and what they mean, begin by going over the definitions of new words with your child. Next, write the words in no particular order down the left side of a sheet of paper. On the right side, write the definitions in a completely different order. Have your 5th grader draw lines between each term and the correct definitions.

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