FCAT Writing Test Prep and Practice

The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) for writing is given to fourth, eighth and tenth graders in Florida. Beginning with the 2008-2009 school year, the FCAT writing test no longer has multiple-choice questions and only contains writing prompts. Keep reading to find out about a few online resources that can help your child prepare for the FCAT.

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FCAT Preparation from the Florida Department of Education

For definitive information about the FCAT and test preparation, check out the Florida Department of Education's website. The FCAT writing tests are based on the core education standards of the state of Florida, called the Sunshine State Standards. The Florida Department of Education provides information about these standards for writing as well as study resources and information about the FCAT in your child's school district. The FCAT handbook discusses everything from test construction to scoring and reporting FCAT results.

The Florida Department of Education also provides released tests that your child can take at home. You can download these tests in a PDF format and print them. The current available exams are from 2005, 2006 and 2007. In addition, there are also archived sample test materials that your child can view and work on.

Standardized Test Information from EDinformatics

Look no further than EDinformatics for information about the FCAT and other standardized exams all over the country. Because the core learning standards for reading and writing tend to be similar from state to state, the links that EDinformatics provides to other standardized test can be quite useful for helping your child prepare for the FCAT. In addition to these links, EDinformatics also provides a variety of online questions that your child can complete and have instantly graded.

Test Practice from the Texas Education Agency

A solid resource that can help your child prepare for the FCAT are the study guides available from the Texas Education Agency because the learning standards of the state of Texas have many parallels to Florida. These guides cover writing for grades four and seven. In addition to practice questions and answer keys, the guides include step-by-step instuctions about how to prepare your child for a writing exam.

The Texas Education Agency also provides free practice tests that can be downloaded or viewed online in either English or Spanish. New tests are released every few years and the most recent ones are from 2009.

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