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Smarter Balanced Question Types

Examples of question types that students may encounter on the Smarter Balanced Field Test, and the student technology skill required to respond to each question type.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has developed Practice and Training Tests External link opens in new window or tab. that include examples of all of the question types that students will encounter on the spring 2014 Smarter Balanced Field Test. Schools and districts are encouraged to use the Practice Tests and Training Tests to familiarize students with the various question types, software, and interface features. The information is current as of the May 19, 2014 version of the Practice and Training Tests.

As students prepare for the field test, it is important that they have an opportunity to view and practice each of the question types. The following table outlines each question type, technology skills needed to respond to each question type, and examples of each question type on the Practice Tests and Training Tests. In addition to responding to question types, the student should become familiar with accessing the context menu for embedded resources such as strikethrough, highlighter, American Sign Language videos, and text-to-speech.

A video tutorial External link opens in new window or tab. shows how students will interact with different question types.

ELA = English language arts
Math = Mathematics

Content Area

Question Response Type

Student Technology Skill Required

Practice Test Examples

Training Test Examples

ELA and Math

Multiple choice, single correct response (radio buttons)

Select the radio button corresponding to an option

To deselect an option, select a different radio button

Only one option can be selected

G3 ELA, Question 4

G3 Math, Question 10

G4 ELA, Question 2

G4 Math, Question 2

G5 ELA, Question 2

G5 Math, Question 1

G6 ELA, Question 1

G6 Math, Question 1

G7 ELA, Question 2

G7 Math, Question 3

G8 ELA, Question 2

G8 Math, Question 4

G11 ELA, Question 1

G11 Math, Question 24

G3-5 ELA, Question 2, Part A

G3-5 Math, Question 1

G6-8, ELA, Question 4

G6-8 Math, Question 7

High School ELA, Question 4

ELA and Math

Multiple choice, single correct response (highlight)

Highlight an option by selecting an option

To deselect an option, select a different option

Only one option can be selected

G3 ELA, Question 10

G4 ELA, Question 28

G5 ELA, Question 10

G6 ELA, Question 11

G8 ELA, Question 1

G11 ELA, Question 2

G11 Math, Question 14, Part B

None available

ELA and Math

Multiple choice, multiple correct responses (checkboxes)

Mark checkbox corresponding to an option

To deselect an option, click on the checkbox that is already marked

One or more options can be marked

G3 ELA, Question 6

G3 Math, Question 7

G4 ELA, Question 3

G4 Math, Question 19

G5 ELA, Question 19

G5 Math, Question 26

G6 ELA, Question 7

G6 Math, Question 7

G7 ELA, Question 7

G7 Math, Question 7

G8 ELA, Question 7

G8 Math, Question 16

G11 ELA, Question 14

G11 Math, Question 6

G3-5 ELA, Question 2, Part B

G3-5 Math, Question 6

G6-8 Math, Question 4

High School Math, Question 6

ELA and Math

Multiple choice, multiple correct responses (highlight)

Highlight an option by selecting an option

To deselect an option, click on the previously highlighted option

One or more options can be selected

G3 ELA, Question 1

G3 Math, Question 4

G4 ELA, Question 20 (Highlight sentences in a paragraph)

G4 Math, Question 10

G5 ELA, Question 17

G6 ELA, Question 21

G7 ELA, Question 1

G7 Math, Question 21 Part A

G8 ELA, Question 3

G11 ELA, Question 10

G11 Math, Question 4

None available

ELA and Math

Matching Tables (variation using True/False or Yes/No format)

Select checkbox corresponding to an option in a table cell

To deselect an option, select a checkbox that is already marked

G3 ELA, Question 29

G3 Math, Question 2

G4 Math, Question 4

G5 ELA, Question 22

G5 Math, Question 22

G6 Math, Question 3

G7 ELA, Question 26

G7 Math, Question 18

G8 Math, Question 2

G11 ELA, Question 30

G11 Math, Question 3

G3-5 ELA, Question 6

G3-5 Math, Question 4

G6-8 ELA, Question 5

G6-8 Math, Question 6

High School ELA, Question 6

High School Math, Question 3

ELA and Math

Short Text

Keyboard entry into multiline text box (no text formatting)

Ability to edit previously entered text

G3 ELA, Question 18

G4 ELA, Question 17

G5 ELA, Question 16

G6 ELA, Question 4

G7 ELA, Question 2

G8 ELA, Question 4

G8 Math, Question 20

G11 ELA, Question 12

G11 Math, Question 18

G3-5 ELA, Question 1

G3-5 Math, Question 8

G6-8 ELA, Question 1

High School ELA, Question 1

High School Math, Question 2

Math Only

Drag and Drop (select and move objects)

Click and drag object to appropriate location in Question response area

G3 Math, Question 9

G4 Math, Question 7

G5 Math, Question 21

G6 Math, Question 4 Part B

G7 Math, Question 8

G8 Math, Question 1

G11 Math, Question 1

G3-5 Math, Question 3

G6-8 Math, Question 5

High School Math, Question 1

Math Only

Hot Spot

Select targeted areas in the response area

G3 Math, Question 22

G4 Math, Question 24

G5 Math, Question 16

G6 Math, Question 4 Part A

G7 Math, Question 13

G8 Math, Question 21

G11 Math, Question 10

G3-5 Math, Question 5

G6-8 Math, Question 8

High School Math, Question 5

Math Only

Table Fill in

Keyboard entry into table cells or drag/drop objects into table cells

G4 Math, Question 17

G6 Math, Question 27

G8 Math, Question 28

G11 Math, Question 23

G3-5 Math, Question 9

G6-8 Math, Question 3

High School Math, Question 7

Math Only

Graphing

Select the Add Point icon. Click in the Question response area to create a new point. To remove the point, select the Delete icon. Click on the point to be deleted.

Select the Connect Line icon. Click in the Question response area where the line is to start. Click and drag to the area where the line is to end. To remove the line, select the Delete icon. Click on the line to be deleted.

G3 Math, Question 6

G6 Math, Question 6

G8 Math, Question 5

G11 Math, Question 7

G3-5 Math, Question 7

G6-8 Math, Question 1

High School Math, Question 8

Math Only

Equation/numeric

Select buttons representing numbers and mathematic symbols to create a numeric response or equation

G3 Math, Question 3

G4 Math, Question 1

G5 Math, Question 14

G6 Math, Question 2

G7 Math, Question 1

G8 Math, Question 3

G11 Math, Question 2

G3-5 Math, Question 2

G6-8 Math, Question 2

High School Math, Question 4

ELA Only

Two-part multiple-choice, with evidence responses

Multiple-choice (radio buttons) or multiple-choice (highlight)

G3 ELA, Question 13

G4 ELA, Question 10

G7 ELA, Question 5

G11 ELA, Question 5

G3-5 ELA, Question 2

G6-8 ELA, Question 3

High School ELA, Question 2

ELA Only

Hot Text (select and move text)

Select text, click and drag text to new area

G3 ELA, Question 16

G11 ELA, Question 16

None available

ELA Only

Listening Tasks

Student must start or pause an audio clip by selecting buttons

G3 ELA, Question 22

G4 ELA, Question 22

G5 ELA, Question 25

G6 ELA, Question 22

G7 ELA, Question 25

G8 ELA, Question 22

G11 ELA, Question 22

G3-5 ELA, Question 5

G6-8 ELA, Question 4

High School ELA, Question 5

ELA Only

Essay

Keyboard entry using text formatting buttons

Ability to edit previously entered text

ELA Performance Tasks

None available

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