Practice & Training Tests Overview

About the Practice Tests

The practice tests include questions that are similar in format and structure to the South Dakota Smarter Balanced Assessment. The following tests are available:

  • Grades 3–8, 11 ELA CAT and Performance Task
  • Grades 3–8, 11 Math CAT and Performance Task

About the Training Tests

The training tests combine items from different grade bands either for ELA or Math. The following tests are available:

  • Grades 3–5
  • Grades 6–8
  • Grades 9–11

The purpose of these practice and training tests is to become familiar with the system, functionality, and question types. Tests are not intended to guide classroom instruction. Some students may have difficulty with some of the content aligned to higher grades within the grade level or subject range of each test. Nevertheless, this should not interfere with students’ ability to interact with a question for training purposes. If a question appears 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

Practice and training tests can be administered in either guest or secure mode. To access them, students must use a supported web browser or secure browser. Refer to the Supported Browsers or Secure Browsers page for more information.