How to Take Sample Tests for the 7th Grade Math and Reading FCAT

Do you have a 7th grade son or daughter in the state of Florida? If you do, then you are likely interested in how he or she will need to prepare for the 7th grade FCAT. Keep reading to find out about using sample tests to get ready for the math and reading portions of the exam.

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Finding and Taking FCAT Sample Exams

What's the FCAT?

The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a state-administered standardized achievement test that measures a student's ability to meet the Sunshine State Standards (SSS). The assessment is given to students from grades 3-11 in subject areas including reading, writing, mathematics and science. The purpose of the FCAT is to determine how your child ranks as a student in the state of Florida and how his or her class ranks statewide and nationally.

All sections of the FCAT are typically in a multiple-choice format, with several sections having a few questions that deviate from this. For example, you can expect the math portion to also have grid and short-response questions. The reading section may include several open-ended essay questions.

How Can My Child Prepare during the School Year?

Make sure he or she remains on top of homework and assignments for the entire school year leading up to the test. Studying and taking sample tests will be useful in the weeks and days leading up to the actual exam, but preparing will most likely be easier if your child is succeeding in school already. If he or she in a public school, the math and English classes are based upon the SSS and therefore should prepare your child thoroughly for the FCAT. Maintaining a consistent schedule for studying and reading throughout the year will help ensure the FCAT holds few to no surprises.

Where Can I Find Sample 7th Grade Math and Reading FCAT Tests?

There are a number of ways for you to acquire FCAT sample tests. Sometimes, the simplest way can be to ask your child's school. Many public schools in Florida provide students with a login name, which allows them to access sample tests on the school website.

Another possibility is going directly through the Florida Department of Education. Florida's K-12 Statewide Assessment Program will provide you with released exams from past years that may prove to be helpful. You can also use the Florida Department of Education's website to access information about the SSS.

Another way to find further sample tests you can use for practice is by looking to other states. Other states, such as Texas, have learning standards similar to Florida. As a result, Texas Education Agency can be a helpful resource when you're looking for further sample tests to take when preparing for the FCAT.

How Can I Use Sample Tests to Prepare My Child for the FCAT?

In the days leading up to the FCAT, print out sample tests and create a quiet environment for your child that's similar to a real testing environment. Set an alarm or a stopwatch so there's a time limit when he or she is taking a sample test in reading or math. Go over your child's completed practice exams thoroughly and, as you grade them, pay close attention to the areas that need the most work. Be sure your child concentrates on these areas when studying and then have him or her take a new set of sample tests.

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