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What's On The Test   

 Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA)

The RLA test focuses on three grouping of skills:

    • The ability to read closely
    • The ability to write clearly
    • The ability to edit and understand the use of standard written English in context
Time: 150 minutes (this includes an optional 10 minute break)

Question Type: Multiple choice, Drop-down, Fill-in-the-blank, Drag-and-drop, Extended response

What you will need to know:
    • Reading Assessment  Answering 6-8 questions based on reading passage
      • May include literature or nonfiction text from science and social studies content. 
      • Determine the main idea and supporting details
      • Analyze characters and events and how they develop and interact
      • Determine the purpose or point of view of the author
      • Compare two or more texts and analyze the differences
      • Analyze the structure of the texts
    • Writing Assessment (Extended response)
      • Testers will be able to type their response in a text box on left side of screen
      • Analyze two passages that describe opposing views on a topic. 
      • Testers will write a well-developed response based on the two passages. 
        • Draw evidence from the passages to support your response
        • Use correct paragraph and essay structure
        • Use sufficient grammar and spelling 
        • Testers can use noteboard and erasable pen to plan their essays. 
      • Extended responses will be scored with these criteria
        • Creation of argument and use of evidence
        • Development of ideas and organization structure
        • Clarity and command of English writing, grammar, and spelling
    • Language Assessment
      • Will included Drop-down boxes for answer selection to complete a sentence 
      • Testing grammar, word usage, capitalization, and punctuation. 
      • Each item will require an answer to complete the sentence or paragraph
    • Other
      • Know how to use the keyboard, mouse and how to navigate pages
      • Know the structure of a paragraph and the structure of an essay
      • Know sufficient English grammar, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.

 Mathematical Reasoning 

The Math test focuses on two major content domains:

    • Quantitative problem solving (45%)
    • Algebraic problem solving (55%)
Time:  115 minutes

Question Type: Multiple choice, Drag-and-drop, Hot spot, Fill-in-the-blank

    • 40-50 questions, two parts, no scheduled breaks
    • Onscreen calculator (TI-30SX) will be available to use for most of the exam (see our Calculator Page for details)
    • Noteboard and erasable pen provided for working out problems
Test Content
    • Questions will include word problems, graphs, tables, and geometry. 
    • Quantitative problems
      • rational numbers
      • measurements
    • Algebra problems
      • expressions and equations
      • graphs and functions
What you need to know before taking the test
    • Math Formulas (Geometry)
      • Areas of squares,rectangles and triangles
      • Perimeters of squares, rectangles, triangles
      • Circumference and area of circles
    • Algebra Formulas
      • Slope equations
      • Quadratic equations and quadratic formula
      • Pythagorean Theorem 
    • Simple Interest
    • Measures of mean, median, mode, and averages
    • Distance 
    • Total Cost

 Social Studies 

The Social Studies test will cover four major domains:

  • Civics and Government (50%): types of modern and historical governments, principles that contributed to American democracy, structure and design of U.S. government, individual rights and civic responsibilities, American politics, contemporary public policy

  • United States History (20%): historical documents that have shaped American government ,Civil War and Reconstruction, civil rights, European settlement, World War I, World War II, the Cold War, American foreign policy since 9/11

  • Economics (15%): economic events that have affected American government and policies, political and economic freedoms, fundamental economic concepts, economic causes and impacts of wars, etc

  • Geography and the World (15%): civilizations, human migration, borders between peoples and nations, relationships between the environment and societal development.

Time:  90 minutes

Question Type: Drag and Drop, Multiple Choice, Fill-in-the-blank, Hot spot, Extended Response (type a response to a prompt based on one or more passages, provide evidence from passages, and use correct English spelling, grammar, and punctuation.)

What you need to know before taking the test

  • Be familiar with key events in American and world history and causes of such events

  • Be able to interpret maps, graphs and tables for information

  • Be able to refer back to text to find information to answer questions


The Science test content:

      • Life science 40%
      • Physical science 40%
      • Earth and space science 20%
Time: 90 minutes

Question Type: Fill-in-the-blank, Multiple Choice, Drag and drop, Hot spot, Two short-answer questions 

What you need to know before taking the test

  • Know how to comprehend scientific presentations

  • Be able to analyze, understand, and extract information from scientific text

  • Be able to identify the hypothesis or argument and the support details

  • Be able to summarize arguments and cite evidence to support the argument

  • Be able to make conclusions and  predictions based on scientific data

  • Be able to solve problems by using scientific theories and processes.