FCAT Reading Practice for Fourth Grade Students

Most fourth graders in Florida take the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) every year in reading. Although your child's teacher will provide some FCAT reading practice at school, you may want your child to complete additional practice at home using the following resources.

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The Florida Department of Education's FCAT Help

For a comprehensive FCAT study resource, look no further than the Florida Department of Education's website. Here, you'll find vast quantities of information about school districts, FCAT scoring, how the test is administered, FCAT contents, school accountability and much more. You can also download and view the official FCAT handbook or view it section by section in your browser window.

The FCAT reading section is primarily composed of passages followed by multiple-choice questions. The Florida Department of Education provides released tests from 2005, 2006 and 2007 with questions similar to the ones that your child will encounter on the actual exam. You can view these exams in your browser or download, print and administer them to your child in a simulated testing environment at home.

Test Preparation from FCAT Explorer

In addition to the main website, the Florida Department of Education has created an entirely separate website for FCAT practice called FCAT Explorer. Many schools in Florida become members of this site and provide students with login names and passwords. If you haven't been informed already, ask your child's school about this valuable resource. The fourth grade reading section of the FCAT is called the 'Reading Odyssey'. The practice games and activities provided by the 'Reading Odyssey' are based entirely on the state standards and are similar to what you and your child can expect to be on the FCAT.

Reading Help from FCAT Express

For more helpful FCAT preparation tools, check out FCAT Express. The section for fourth grade reading provides numerous teaching strategies and tools that you can implement at home, including graphic organizers, story mapping, underlining and chronological order. There are also scoring rubrics, practice tests with instant online scoring and references, such as printables and links to other useful websites.

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