5th Grade Iowa Test: Prep and Practice Information

The Iowa Test of Basic Skills was administered to students in Iowa and several other states to students in grades 3-8 at the beginning of the school year. However, starting with the 2011-2012 school year, the exam has been revised and is now called the Iowa Assessments. Read on for information on where you can get practice materials to help your child get ready.

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The Iowa Assessments cover a wider variety of subjects than many other standardized tests. The 5th grade exam is considered to be 'level 11'. The subjects on a level 11 test include reading, written expression, math, science, social studies and listening. Each of the subjects has subcategories. For example, the social studies section is broken down into the following topics: history, geography, economics, civics and government.

Iowa Assessments Information from the University of Iowa's College of Education

The University of Iowa's College of Education is a solid resource for information on the Iowa Assessments. There are descriptions of the exam, scoring information and advice for students who may need special accommodations. In addition, there are informative webinars (Web seminars) with slides and audio explanations. Although there is a lot of useful information available to the public, the practice test is not available for public use, so you may have to ask your child's teacher for practice testing materials.

FunBrain.com's Practice Games

To practice the skills that the 5th grade Iowa Assessments cover, your child can play the educational games at Fun Brain.com. The games here cover a plethora of subjects, from math to science to logical thinking.

A typical game available at this site is 'Math Baseball'. In this baseball game, you can choose the type of math problem and appropriate difficulty level for your child. When your 5th grader enters a correct answer to a math problem, he or she will swing and hit the ball.

Practice Tests from EDinformatics

EDinformatics offers practice standardized tests for nearly every state. Because there isn't a practice test available for the Iowa Assessments yet, you can use the resources from another state. Browse through the listings to find a state that tests students on the same subjects as Iowa. Additionally, your child can take online versions of state tests. For 5th graders, EDinformatics offers a digital version of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) for reading and math.

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