Computer-based Sample Test Items

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Try out sample test questions on the technology platform that students will use when taking the field test later this spring.

Teachers, students, parents and others can engage with the sample items using computer-based tools such as drag-and-drop, multiple select, text highlighting, and an equation builder. PARCC has also released online tutorials that demonstrate how students will navigate the test; how to use the computer-based tools; and features that make the test more accessible for all students, including those with disabilities and English learners.

To get a true understanding of the range of rigor, item types and functionalities, users should try test items in more than just one grade, as each grade level does not have all item types. The sample items will not be scored.

IMPORTANT: The sample items work on many devices and browsers, but not all – be sure to check out the technical requirements below before trying the sample items.

Try the sample test items

For minimum technical requirements for using the sample items, see below.

Be sure to view the tutorial before trying the test items

Watch for a separate tutorial on the Equation Editor and Text to Speech in the coming weeks.

Looking for the PDF versions of the sample items?

PARCC is excited to be re-releasing the sample items and tutorials based on feedback we receive from the field.


Technical Specifications Necessary to Use the Sample Items


The computer operating system and web browser requirements for viewing the Sample Items are the same as those for the general TestNav 8 platform. Please note that due to the use of newer web technologies to enable assessment item interactivity and accessibility across a broad range of platforms and device types, some older browser and operating system combinations do not adequately support the technology-enhanced item functionalities. Please reference for the complete list of supported systems.


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