Third Grade Reading Comprehension Tests: Practice Exams

In the third grade, your child will likely be expected to take standardized reading tests, which usually consists of short passages followed by multiple-choice questions. Your child can prepare for reading comprehension tests by practicing general reading fluency and comprehension skills, in addition to completing test-specific practice. Read on to find out about a few resources that may be helpful.

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Practice Reading Tests from

By answering multiple-choice questions about a variety of reading passages from, your child may get the reading comprehension practice that he or she needs before a test. You can download third grade reading assessments from after completing the free registration. The tests are based on reading assessment recommendations from the National Reading Panel and were developed by researchers from the University of Oregon.

ReadWriteThink's Reading Comprehension Practice

When preparing for comprehension tests, you can help your child by discussing the reading passages and showing him or her how to use the online comprehension tools from ReadWriteThink. This website offers a number of useful English/language arts learning resources, such as games, learning strategy guides, lesson plans that you can use at home, printouts and activities. The hands-on 'student interactives' from ReadWriteThink can be used as a solid learning tool before tests and throughout the school year. You'll need to make sure that you have a current version of Adobe Flash installed in order for these interactives to function.

Released Exams from the Texas Education Agency

You can probably find sample reading comprehension questions from your own state's board of education. However, standardized third grade reading tests are based on very similar core education standards from state to state, so your child can also study using Texas' released standardized tests, available from the Texas Education Agency's website. Every three years, the Texas Education Agency releases the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills and answer keys. It also provides free downloadable study guides in English and Spanish.

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