Practice & Training Tests Overview

About the Practice Tests

The practice tests are longer and provide students with a grade-specific testing experience that is more similar in format and structure to the Montana Comprehensive Assessments online. The following tests are available:

  • ELA
    • Grade 3 ELA Practice Test and Performance Task
    • Grade 4 ELA Practice Test and Performance Task
    • Grade 5 ELA Practice Test and Performance Task
    • Grade 6 ELA Practice Test and Performance Task
    • Grade 7 ELA Practice Test and Performance Task
    • Grade 8 ELA Practice Test and Performance Task
    • Grade 11 ELA Practice Test and Performance Task
  • Mathematics
    • Grade 3 Math Practice Test and Performance Task
    • Grade 4 Math Practice Test and Performance Task
    • Grade 5 Math Practice Test and Performance Task
    • Grade 6 Math Practice Test and Performance Task
    • Grade 7 Math Practice Test and Performance Task
    • Grade 8 Math Practice Test and Performance Task
    • Grade 11 Math Practice Test and Performance Task
  • Science
    • Grade 5 Science
    • Grade 8 Science

About the Training Tests

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

  • Grades 3–5 ELA and math
  • Grades 6–8 ELA and math
  • High School ELA and math

The purpose of these practice and training tests is to become familiar with the system, functionality, and item types of the Montana Comprehensive Assessments online; the 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 an item for its intended training purpose. If an item appears too difficult, encourage students to experiment with the tools, choose the best answer, and move on to the next item.

Practice tests are available for the following assessments:

  • Smarter Balanced for ELA and mathematics (Grade 3–8, 11)
  • Montana Science Assessment (Grade 5 and 8)
  • Hawaii Alternate Science Assessment (Grade 5, 8, and 11)

Accessing the Practice & Training Tests

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

About the Alternate Montana Science Practice Tests 

Montana would like to extend a special thank you to the Hawaii assessment team for allowing the students of Montana to use their alternate assessment practice test this year. The Hawaii alternate assessment closely matches the Montana test design and the item types, test format, and student interface and navigation are reflective of what students and educators can expect to see on the AMSA online tests for Spring 2020.

HSA-Alt Practice Tests 

The practice tests provided include items in all subjects and tested grades. To access the practice tests, click on the HSA-Alt Practice Test card above. You will be directed to the Hawaii Assessment student practice test site. Select either grade 5, 8, or 11 to access the appropriate Alt Practice Test. While online alternate assessment in all subjects will be displayed, Montana will only be administering the alternate science assessment through this online testing system. Select HSA-Alt Science Training Test to begin. Students may log in as a guest user only.