Training Tests Explanation

About Practice and Training Tests

The following practice tests are available:

  • ELA
    • Grades 3-11 ELA –Computer Adaptive Questions (CAT) – NOTE: Although the questions are similar to what the student might encounter on the operational West Virginia General Summative Assessment, the practice test is not computer adaptive.
    • Grades 3-11 ELA –Classroom Activity (CA – This is the classroom activity portion of the Performance Task. The classroom activity provides all students with general information about the Performance Task topic so students will have the same prior knowledge about the topic.)
    • Grades 3-11 ELA –Performance Task (PT – This section, FOR ELA ONLY, is divided into two parts. Part 1 provides students with information on the Performance Task topic. Students read/do research various materials, take notes, and answer short questions about what they have read. Part 2 is the “Long Write” portion of the performance task. Students refer to their reading, research and notes to write an essay on the topic about which they have learned in the classroom activity and Part 1 of the Performance Task.
  • Mathematics
    • Grades 3-11 Math –Computer Adaptive Questions (CAT) – NOTE: Although the questions are similar to what the student might encounter on the operational West Virginia General Summative Assessment, the practice test is not computer adaptive.
    • Grades 3-11 Math –Classroom Activity (CA – This is the classroom activity portion of the Performance Task. The classroom activity provides all students with general information about the Performance Task topic so students will all have the same prior knowledge about the topic.)
    • Grades 3-11 Math–Performance Task (PT – This section provides students with an online task that relates to the topic covered in the Classroom Activity. The Mathematics performance task requires students to use their mathematical, research and analytical skills.)

The purpose of the practice and training tests is to help you become familiar with the testing platform, functionality of the system, and item types. The tests are not intended to guide classroom instruction. Both the practice and training tests include all embedded universal tools, designated supports, and accommodations.

About Practice Tests

The Practice Test allows teachers, students, parents, and other interested parties to experience a full grade-level assessment and gain insight into how the test will assess students’ mastery of the West Virginia Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives. The Practice Tests mirror the year-end assessment. Each grade level assessment includes a variety of question types and difficulty (approximately 30 items each in ELA and math) as well as an ELA and math performance task at each grade level (3-8 and 11).

The purpose of the Practice Tests is to focus on the types of questions themselves (as opposed to training tests which focus on the testing system and its functionality) and on the evidence of student learning the questions they are trying to elicit.

These tests should be used so students may have a more complete experience of the entire summative assessment and so they may preview what the operational tests will ask of them.

About Training Tests

The Training Tests are designed to provide students and teachers with opportunities to quickly familiarize themselves with the software and navigational tools that they will use on the West Virginia General Summative Assessment. The Training Test is organized by grade bands (grades 3 to 5, 6 to 8, and high school), and each test contains six questions. The questions on the Training Test were selected to provide students with an opportunity to practice a range of question types. The Training Tests do not contain performance tasks.

Some students may have difficulty with some of the content aligned to higher grades within the grade level/subject range of each training tests; nevertheless, this should not interfere with students’ ability to interact with an item for its intended training purpose. If an item appears to be too difficult, encourage students to experiment with the tools, choose the best answer and move on to the next item.

Accessing the Practice and Training Tests
Users must use a supported secure browser or web browser to access the Training Test site. In general, the following web browsers can be used: Firefox 10–30, Chrome 31–35, Safari 5–7, and Internet Explorer 10 or 11. For more information, refer to the Supported Browsers page.