Third Grade Standardized Test Prep and Practice Tests

Many states start giving standardized tests to students in the third grade or earlier. Typically, third grade exams assess reading and math skills. Read on for information on where to get practice tests and other help for your third grader.

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Your state's Board of Education probably has some resources for third grade standardized test preparation. At state websites, you can also sometimes read about the learning standards, which test questions are based on. Being familiar with such standards can help you select appropriate test preparation resources for your child. Shortly before the test day, you may want to give your child a practice test, which you can get from your child's teacher or from your state's website.

The Texas Education Agency's Released Exams

The Texas Education Agency offers complete copies of past Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests as well as answer keys. The TAKS is a typical standardized test that will probably prove to be useful to your child no matter what state you live in. The third grade TAKS is presented in a multiple-choice format and has a math and reading section.

The Texas Education Agency makes new TAKS available every three years. The TAKS you can currently download for your third grader is from 2009. You can also download helpful TAKS study guides.

Georgia's Study Guides and Practice Tests

In Georgia, the standardized test is called the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT). The Georgia Department of Education has made study guides, which can be printed or viewed online.

In addition to the study guides, you can also download practice exams for your third grader. These are available from Georgia's Online Assessment System (OAS). The OAS is accessible to many students in Georgia through personal login names and passwords. If you don't live in Georgia, or if your child hasn't been assigned a personal login, simply enter 'grade3' as both the login name and password.

Released Test Questions from the Florida Department of Education

The Florida Department of Education also provides students with released exams. In Florida, the test is called the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). The site provides exams and answer keys from 2005, 2006 and 2007 in reading and math.

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