NY ELA Test for 3rd Grade Students: Test Prep Info

Every year, students in New York are administered a standardized English Language Arts (ELA) exam that assesses whether they're meeting the state standards. These tests begin in 3rd grade, so you may want to review with your child before he or she has to take the test. Use the following resources to prepare.

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New York State Education Department's ELA Practice Tests

Download ELA test books from the New York State Education Department for free. For 3rd grade, there are released tests available from the past several years, so your child can get plenty of practice with multiple versions of the test. The test books are PDF files so you can download and print them for your child to take at home. There are two test books available. The first practice test includes story excerpts, poems and nonfiction articles. Most of the questions are multiple-choice, with a few short answer questions.

The second practice test has two parts: a listening section and a writing section. Download the selection for the listening part and read it aloud to your child. He is supposed to take notes during the reading and then answer a series of questions. For the writing section, your child is given two short passages and is asked to correct the errors. Another helpful resource is the scoring guide, which contains the multiple-choice answers and rubrics for the writing and listening sections.

Study Zone's Test Prep Center

This site is based on New York's state standards. Choose from nine categories for lessons, activities and games specifically designed for 3rd graders. If, for instance, your child requires additional help with comprehension, choose the comprehension strategies link at the top of the page. This will lead you to more specific subcategories within the comprehension section. After selecting a subcategory, you'll be brought to another page that lists a variety of resources, including lessons, practice and interactive games.

Prep Info for Parents from Scholastic

Browse through Scholastic's Grade-by-Grade Guides to find a variety of articles tailored specifically toward helping 3rd graders. Many focus on understanding how your child learns, how to help her study and how to interpret the results from standardized tests. These articles can help you find out how to support your child throughout the school year and when preparing for a test.

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