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CST Released Test Questions

Released test questions for the California Standards Tests (CSTs).
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Readers who wish to access these old resources are encouraged to download the files before they are deleted Friday, August 18, 2017.

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In January 2014, the California Department of Education (CDE) stopped administering the California Standards Tests (CSTs) for English language arts, mathematics, and end-of-course assessments in mathematics, history-social science, and science to student. In the meanwhile, the CDE is currently developing a new assessment aligned with the California Next Generation Science Standards. Please note: Students in grades five, eight, and once in high are currently administered the pilot and the field tests for the California Science Test (CAST) for the 2016–17 and 2017–18 school years, respectively. More information on the CAST can be found on the CDE's Science Test Web page.

For more information, visit the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy and mathematics Web page. The Practice and Training Tests portal External link opens in new window or tab. provides sample questions and practice test scoring guides External link opens in new window or tab.. The Practice Tests provide students with grade-specific testing experiences that are similar in structure and format to the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The Training Tests provide students with the opportunity to quickly become familiar with the software and interface features. The Training Tests are organized by grade-bands (e.g., 3–5).



Each set of released test questions (RTQs) is representative of the various content areas measured by items on the California Standards Tests (CSTs). The documents listed below contain RTQs taken from portions of the CSTs from 2003 through 2008. Funding to annually add additional RTQs to the available sets of RTQs was eliminated from the state budget beginning with the 2009 Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program test administration.

In selecting test questions for release, the following three criteria were used: (1) the questions adequately cover a selection of the academic content standards assessed; (2) the questions demonstrate a range of difficulty; and (3) the questions present a variety of ways in which the standards can be assessed.

The academic preparation practices outlined in the Guidelines on Academic Preparation for State Assessments, posted on the California Department of Education (CDE) STAR Program Resources Web page, will facilitate the appropriate use of the RTQs. Appropriate uses of the RTQs include analyzing whether classroom assessments: (a) address standards with the same rigor as the state assessments; (b) adequately cover the academic content standards; and (c) present a variety of ways in which the standards can be assessed.

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English-language Arts

Grade 2 English-language Arts (PDF)

Grade 3 English-language Arts (PDF)

Grade 4 English-language Arts (PDF; 3MB) (Posted 23-Apr-2013)

Grade 5 English-language Arts (PDF; 2MB) (Posted 24-Apr-2013)

Grade 6 English-language Arts (PDF)

Grade 7 English-language Arts (PDF)

Grade 8 English-language Arts (PDF; 2MB) (Posted 23-Apr-2013)

Grade 9 English-language Arts (PDF; 2MB)

Grade 10 English-language Arts (PDF; 3MB)

Grade 11 English-language Arts (PDF)

Mathematics

Grade 2 Mathematics (PDF; 4MB)

Grade 3 Mathematics (PDF)

Grade 4 Mathematics (PDF)

Grade 5 Mathematics (PDF)

Grade 6 Mathematics (PDF)

Grade 7 Mathematics (PDF)

General mathematics: There are no separate RTQs for the CST for general mathematics because the test incorporates questions from the grade six and grade seven mathematics tests. RTQs for grade six and grade seven mathematics are posted above. The blueprint for the CST for general mathematics is available on the CDE STAR Program Resources Web page.

Geometry (PDF)

Algebra I (PDF)

Algebra II (PDF)

Summative high school mathematics:
There are no separate RTQs for the CST for summative high school mathematics because the test incorporates questions taken from the Geometry, Algebra I, and Algebra II tests. RTQs for the Geometry, Algebra I, and Algebra II tests are posted above. The blueprint for the CST for summative high school mathematics is available on the CDE STAR Program Resources Web page.

Integrated mathematics tests: There are no separate RTQs for any of the integrated mathematics CSTs because the tests incorporate questions taken from other end-of-course mathematics tests. RTQs for the CST mathematics tests are posted above. The blueprints for the integrated mathematics tests are available on the CDE STAR Program Resources Web page.

History-Social Science

Grades 6-8 History-Social Science (PDF)

Grade 11 History-Social science (PDF)

World History-Social Science (PDF)

Science

Grade 5 Science (PDF; 2MB)

Grade 8 Science (PDF; 3MB)

Grade 10 Science (PDF)

Biology (PDF)

Chemistry (PDF)

Earth Science (PDF) (Posted 9-May-2013)

Physics (PDF)

Integrated/coordinated science tests:
There are no separate RTQs for any of the integrated/coordinated science CSTs because the tests incorporate questions taken from other end-of-course science tests. RTQs for the CST science tests are posted above. The blueprints for the integrated/coordinated science tests are available on the CDE STAR Program Resources Web page.

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, August 2, 2017
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