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English Language Arts/Literacy Practice Tests
Do you want to know what taking the English/Language Arts/Literacy portion of the PARCC Assessments is like? A practice test for each grade is available below for you to use to familiarize yourself with the kinds of items and format used for the tests.View English Practice Tests
Mathematics Practice Tests
Do you want to know what taking the Mathematics portion of the PARCC Assessments is like? A practice test for each grade is available below for you to use to familiarize yourself with the kinds of items, tools, and format used for the tests.View Mathematics Practice Tests
Practice tests are being updated to the current test design and will be available in early September.
English Language Arts/Literacy
- Includes online, paper, and accommodated versions (large print, American Sign Language, text-to-speech, accommodated screen reader file, and Braille ready files)
- Includes online, paper, Spanish, and accommodated versions (large print, Spanish large print, American Sign Language, text-to-speech, accommodated screen reader file, Braille ready files, and tactile graphics)
Notes about scoring:
- All of the Computer-Based Practice Tests have scoring capability built into the tool. Additionally, PARCC has provided answer keys and rubrics for educators for all of the practice tests.
- The PARCC English Language Arts/Literacy summative assessments include one prose constructed response item for each of the tasks that appears on the Performance-Based Assessment component. Teachers can reference the scoring rubrics as they review the three prose constructed responses. Learn more about rubrics.
Information on Accessibility Features
- The full list of accessibility features embedded for all students and accessibility features that need to be identified in advance can be found on pages 20-25 of the PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual.
- Answer masking, color contrast (background/font color) and text-to-speech for mathematics, are available for all participating students who need these tools, but need to be identified in advance via the Personal Needs Profile (PNP).
Information on Accommodations
- The full list of accommodations for students with disabilities and English learners can be found on pages 27-47 of the PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual.
Information for Accommodated Versions
Screen Reader Compatible
A screen reader is a software application, separate from text-to-speech embedded in TestNav, which conveys web content through audio. Screen readers are appropriate for students who are trained to use the software and who use it in the classroom, including those who are blind or have a visual impairment.
Pearson’s test platform is being programmed to comply with the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level AA. We are also utilizing the W3C’s Accessible Rich Internet Application (ARIA) recommendation to improve the interaction between assistive technology and assessment content.
For optimal compatibility with our testing platform, browsers and assistive technology products should comply with the User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) and support the ARIA recommendation.
Because the JAWS screen reader is broadly used in PARCC states, Pearson is going above and beyond the WCAG 2.0 AA requirements to optimize the user experience for JAWS 15 with the Firefox browser and Windows 7.
To print Large Print Paper Practice Tests to the optimal enlargement of 150% to 18 point font, they must be printed on 14" x 18" paper. Do not use print scaling or fit-to-page in your printer settings.
Large Print Paper Practice Tests can also be printed on 11" x 17" paper with a print size of less than 150% of the standard print. For this, print scaling or fit-to-page must be set in your printer settings.
Tactile graphics are images that use raised surfaces so that a person who is blind or visually impaired can feel them. They are used to convey non-textual information such as maps, paintings, graphs, and diagrams.
Tactile graphics are required for students using Screen Reader or downloadable .BRF versions for the Grade 8 ELA and all Mathematics tests because the non-textual information cannot be displayed electronically or printed/embossed via a downloadable .BRF file.
If you have a student who is blind or has a visual impairment and who requires tactile graphics to take the practice tests, please contact the Practice Test Tactile Graphics Point of Contact for your state.
Students who use braille or screen reader software on the English Language Arts/Literacy students can practice using Part 1, as is uses text entry for constructed response items. This will provide students with exposure to the functionality and how it will work on test day.
For students who use braille or screen reader software on the Mathematics assessment, the students can practice with screen reader accommodated versions or .BRF files on the Mathematics Part 1 and Part 2. As a note, the Mathematics Part 1 differs from Part 2 by the additions of the constructed response items. For the braille format, PARCC has released BRF files for each grade to allow students to practice answering the open ended items on Part 1. Please see the scribe protocol for detail http://avocet.pearson.com/PARCC/Home#7630.