Iowa Test for 4th Grade Students: Preparation and Test Info

The Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) was administered at the beginning of the school year to most students in 3rd-8th grade. In the 2011-2012 school year, however, the ITBS has been replaced with an exam referred to as the Iowa Assessments. Read on for information on helping your child get ready for this exam.

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The Iowa Assessments are a standardized test that allows educators to see which areas of instruction are strongest and which need to be improved. It also allows teachers to see how their students compare to others nationally. In the 4th grade, the Iowa Assessment exam is referred to as 'Level 10', which covers reading, writing, math, science and social studies.

Practice Tests from EDinformatics

Although the Iowa Department of Education doesn't currently offer online practice tests for the Iowa Assessments, your child can take released tests from other states to prepare. EDinformatics offers links to free practice tests from a wide variety of states. Many of these tests will have similar topics and can also help your child get used to the multiple-choice format.

Begin by looking for tests that cover similar topics at the 4th grade level. The Texas and Georgia standardized tests are excellent places to start. Use these tests to identify your child's strengths and weaknesses. It's best to administer practice tests well ahead of time so your child has time to improve these skills before he or she takes the Iowa Assessments.

Additionally, EDinformatics offers online assessments. These tests are based on state standards and can be graded instantly. Most of the online tests offer a question-by-question analysis, so you can see what questions your child answered incorrectly.

Information from the University of Iowa's College of Education

The University of Iowa provides valuable information about the Iowa Assessments. Although the practice tests are not available to the public, you may benefit from looking at the test descriptions. Here, you can find out the types of questions and the number of questions that will be asked on the Level 10 assessment. Additionally, there is a slide show that provides an overview of what to expect on each subject area for grades 3-5.

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