How Third Graders Can Pass the Georgia CRCT

Is your child taking the third grade Georgia Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) this year or in the near future? If so, keep reading to find out about the exams and how you can help your child prepare.

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What Does My Child Need to Do to Pass the Georgia CRCT?

Know Which Subjects Are on the Tests

The Georgia CRCT are given to third graders in reading, English/language arts, math, science and social studies. In order to pass the tests, your child will need to answer enough questions to demonstrate that he or she meets the curriculum standard set for each subject. Each standard set is summarized here, but you can get more detailed information from your child's teacher or from the Georgia Department of Education.

Find Out What Each Section of the Test Covers


Your third grader is expected to be able to identify root words and to build vocabulary by interpreting the meaning of new words from context. In general, reading comprehension skills at this level enable children to conduct research, draw conclusions and identify the author's opinions. Your child will be required to analyze nonfiction in order to identify cause-and-effect relationships and predict outcomes.

English and Language Arts

On the English/language arts portion of the test, your child will demonstrate an understanding of basic grammar and writing processes. Your third grader will be asked to use reference materials, like dictionaries, for gathering information. The ability to read grade-appropriate texts and understand the vocabulary and themes used is expected. Your child will be asked to write a simple summary about a text that covers important elements. He or she also will be required to use graphics and textual elements to help draw conclusions.


Your child will be tested on all third grade math skills, including arithmetic, decimals, fractions, measurement, time, geometry and algebra. The test will also include a number of problems that will use charts and graphs.


To pass the science component, your child needs to understand basic ecology and biology, including the habitat of different organisms. Your third grader will also be tested on temperature and pollution, as well as basic laboratory equipment and procedures.

Social Studies

The social studies section tests students primarily on American government, economics and geography. Your child can also expect questions that require map-reading skills. The history component covers the origins of our democracy, from its ancient Greek roots up through the fight for American independence and the civil rights movement.

Prepare in Advance

First of all, your child will be best prepared if he or she consistently studies and completes his or her schoolwork throughout the year. Provide a structured learning environment at home and help your child in the areas where he or she needs the most practice.

Before the exam, you can administer practice tests to your child and then help him or her focus on the areas that need strengthening. Speak with your child's teacher about which subjects they recommend for at-home review. You can get practice tests from the Georgia Department of Education or else inquire at your child's school.

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