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Here is our finalized weekend class schedule and grade by grade breakdown of what to expect on these treacherous exams.
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English Language Arts (ELA) Curriculum
10:00 am to 11:45 am

Vocabulary Building
and Grammar
Learning vocabulary, integrating new vocab into sentences
and paragraphs, deriving vocabulary meaning from context
Learning and practicing grammatical concepts:
Verb tenses
Subject/verb
agreement
Parts of speech
Complete
sentences vs. sentence fragments
Adjectives vs.
adverbs
Nouns vs.
pronouns
Antonyms and
synonyms

11:45 pm to 12:00 pm

Break

12:00 pm to 1:45 pm

Reading
Comprehension and Critical Reading Strategies and practice exercises
Skills:
Analyzing central ideas, style elements, character, and
plot development, and vocabulary in context
Finding/using details to draw inferences
Strategies:
Avoiding “distractor choices”: incorrect responses that,
on the surface, appear plausible (designed to “trick” or mislead students)
Finding support for answers in text
Prereading vs. postreading strategies
Utilizing process of elimination
Maximizing both time efficiency & accuracy

1:45 pm to 2:00 pm

Break

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Integration of
skills Constructing open responses
Short answer constructed responses (3 sentences)
Long answer constructed responses (12 paragraphs)
Essay writing
Integrating vocabulary, grammar,
and critical reading skills to develop efficient written responses

Math Curriculum
10:00 am to 11:45

Practice problems and content review – Operations and
algebraic thinking, fractions/decimals/percentages, visual fraction models,
establishing and continuing number patterns based on given rules

11:45 pm to 12:00 pm

Break

12:00 pm to 1:45 pm

Multiple choice math problems, strategies
Strategies:
Process
of elimination
Estimation
Plugging
in values to ensure correct answer
Working backwards
Checking
answers / developing multiple
solutions

1:45 pm to 2:00 pm

Break

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Math Open–Response World Problems
Skills:
Integration of simple concepts to solve word problems
Articulate mathematical reasoning effectively
Solving multistep world problems
Organizing and solving equations using unknowns denoted
by letters
Strategies:
Underlining key information and variables
Using keywords in world problems to determine variables
Identifying unknown variables and creating tables
Visualizing word problems using diagrams, graphs, and
tables
Applying relevant equations and mathematical strategies
to determine answers efficiently and accurately

*Towards the end of the course, we will modify the schedule
to allow for fulllength practice tests to recapitulate real test scenario and
review responses with relevant strategies.
New York State English Language Arts
Exam
Grade 3
“Common Core
Reading and Language Standards”
The
Common Core standards guide students toward building a foundation for “college
and career readiness”.
Reading:
Students
must read from a range of highquality, challenging literary and informational
texts, including stories, dramas, poems, myths, and articles.
Writing:
Students
must support opinions in order to demonstrate understanding of the subjects
they are studying.
Students
must gear the form and content of their writing toward their audience.
Students
must build knowledge on a subject through research and subsequently analyze
literary and informational sources.
Language:
Students
must understand conventions of English grammar, usage, and mechanics.
Students
must be able to determine the meanings of vocabulary words based on context.
Students
must appreciate words’ nonliteral meanings and relationships to other words,
thus expanding their vocabulary through studying content.
Test Duration and Format
The 3^{rd} grade ELA exam spans three days:
Day 1:
Book:
1
Format:
5 passages and 30 Multiple Choice questions
Time:
Estimated 50 minutes; allowed up to 70 minutes
Day 2:
Book:
2
Format:
1 passage and 7 Multiple Choice questions
Book:
3
Format:
2 passages, 3 Short and 1 ExtendedResponse
Time:
Estimated 50 minutes; allowed up to 70 minutes
Day 3:
Book:
4
Format:
3 passages, 5 Short and 1 ExtendedResponse
Time:
Estimated 50 minutes; allowed up to 70 minutes
Totals:
Literary Passages: 47
Informational Passages:
47
Multiple Choice
Questions: 37
ShortResponse
Questions: 8
ExtendedResponse
Questions: 2
Testing time: estimated
150 minutes; allowed up to 210
Question Types and Skills Assessed
All question types are designed to assess Common Core
Reading & Language Standards.
In Multiple Choice
questions, students must:
Analyze central idea, style
elements, character and plot development, and vocabulary
Avoid “distractor choices”:
incorrect responses that, on the surface, appear plausible (designed to “trick”
or mislead students)
In ShortResponse
questions, students must:
Make a claim or draw a conclusion and provide textual evidence as support
Write in complete sentences (no
less or more than 3 complete sentences)
In ExtendedResponse
questions, students must:
Demonstrate
comprehension & analysis of a text
Take a position & demonstrate
an ability to support it with textbased details
**As of 2013, 3^{rd}
Grade ELA will NOT assess Speaking & Listening.**
New York State Math Exam
Grade 3
“Common Core Math Standards”
The
Common Core standards guide students toward building a foundation for “college
and career readiness”.
Students must:
Develop an understanding of multiplication and
division and master strategies for multiplication
and division within 100
Develop an understanding of fractions, particularly
unit fractions (fractions with numerator
1)
Develop an understanding of the structure of
rectangular figures and of area
Develop the ability to describe and analyze
twodimensional shapes
Test Duration and Format
The 3^{rd} grade Math exam spans three days:
Day 1:
Book:
1
Format:
30 Multiple Choice questions
Time:
Estimated 50 minutes; allowed up to 70 minutes
Day 2:
Book:
2
Format:
31 Multiple Choice questions
Time:
Estimated 50 minutes; allowed up to 70 minutes
Day 3:
Book:
3
Format:
5 ShortResponse and 3 ExtendedResponse questions
Time:
Estimated 50 minutes; allowed up to 70 minutes
Totals:
Multiple Choice
Questions: 61
ShortResponse
Questions: 5
ExtendedResponse
Questions: 3
Testing time: estimated
150 minutes; allowed up to 210
Topics
Tested & Distribution
Numbers
and Operations in Base Tens: 515%
Numbers
and Operations (Fractions): 1525%
Operations
and Algebraic Thinking: 4050%
Measurement
and Data: 1525%
Geometry:
515%
Question Types and Skills Assessed
All question types are designed to assess Common Core
Reading & Language Standards.
In Multiple Choice
questions, students must:
Demonstrate
knowledge of standard algorithms and concepts
Complete
multiple steps and simultaneously apply multiple skills and concepts
Avoid
“distractor choices”: incorrect responses that, on the surface, appear plausible (designed to “trick” or
mislead students)
In ShortResponse
questions, students must:
Complete a
task and show their work
Complete
multiple steps & simultaneously apply multiple skills & concepts
In ExtendedResponse
questions, students must:
Show their
work in completing multiple tasks and/or extensive problems
Demonstrate
understanding of mathematical procedures, conceptual understanding, and application
Demonstrate their reasoning and explain the steps to
and logic behind the solution
**Students must use rulers and may not use
calculators.**
New York State English Language Arts
Exam
Grade 4
“Common Core English Language Arts
Standards”
The
Common Core standards guide students toward building a foundation for “college
and career readiness”.
Reading:
Students
must read from a range of highquality, challenging literary and informational
texts, including stories, dramas, poems, myths, and articles.
Writing:
Students
must support opinions in order to demonstrate understanding of the subjects
they are studying.
Students
must gear the form and content of their writing toward their audience.
Students
must build knowledge on a subject through research and subsequently analyze
literary and informational sources.
Language:
Students
must understand conventions of English grammar, usage, and mechanics.
Students
must be able to determine the meanings of vocabulary words based on context.
Students
must appreciate words’ nonliteral meanings and relationships to other words,
thus expanding their vocabulary through studying content.
Test Duration and Format
The 4^{th} grade ELA exam spans three days:
Day 1:
Book:
1
Format:
5 passages and 30 Multiple Choice questions
Time:
Estimated 50 minutes; allowed up to 70 minutes
Day 2:
Book:
2
Format:
1 passage and 7 Multiple Choice questions
Book:
3
Format:
2 passages, 3 Short and 1 ExtendedResponse
Time
(total): Estimated 50 minutes; allowed up to 70 minutes
Day 3:
Book:
4
Format:
3 passages, 5 Short and 1 ExtendedResponse
Time:
Estimated 50 minutes; allowed up to 70 minutes
Totals:
Literary Passages: 47
Informational Passages:
47
Multiple Choice
Questions: 37
ShortResponse
Questions: 8
ExtendedResponse
Questions: 2
Testing time: estimated
150 minutes; allowed up to 210
Question Types and Skills Assessed
All question types are designed to assess Common Core
Reading and Language Standards.
In Multiple Choice
questions, students must:
Analyze central idea, style
elements, character and plot development, and vocabulary
Avoid “distractor choices”:
incorrect responses that, on the surface, appear plausible (designed to “trick”
or mislead students)
In ShortResponse
questions, students must:
Make a claim or draw a conclusion and provide textual evidence as support
Write in complete sentences (no
less or more than 3 complete sentences)
In ExtendedResponse
questions, students must:
Demonstrate
comprehension & analysis of a text
Take a position & demonstrate
an ability to support it with textbased details
**As of 2013, 4^{th}
Grade ELA will NOT assess Speaking & Listening.**
New York State Math Exam
Grade 4
“Common Core Math Standards”
The
Common Core standards guide students toward building a foundation for “college
and career readiness”.
Students must:
Develop an understanding and fluency with
multidigit multiplication
Developing understanding of dividing to find
quotients involving multidigit dividends
Develop an understanding of fraction equivalence,
addition and subtraction of fractions with
like denominators, and multiplication of fractions by whole numbers
Develop an understanding of properties of geometric
figures such as having parallel sides,
perpendicular sides, particular angle measures, and symmetry, as well as being able to analyze and classify figures
based on these properties
Test Duration and Format
The 4^{th} grade Math exam spans three days:
Day 1:
Book:
1
Format:
30 Multiple Choice questions
Time:
Estimated 50 minutes; allowed up to 70 minutes
Day 2:
Book:
2
Format:
32 Multiple Choice questions
Time:
Estimated 50 minutes; allowed up to 70 minutes
Day 3:
Book:
3
Format:
6 ShortResponse and 4 ExtendedResponse questions
Time:
Estimated 70 minutes; allowed up to 90 minutes
Totals:
Multiple Choice
Questions: 62
ShortResponse
Questions: 6
ExtendedResponse
Questions: 4
Testing time: estimated
170 minutes; allowed up to 230
Topics
Tested & Distribution
Numbers
and Operations in Base Tens: 2030%
Numbers
and Operations (Fractions): 2030%
Operations
and Algebraic Thinking: 1525%
Measurement
and Data: 1525%
Geometry:
515%
Question Types & Skills Assessed
All question types are designed to assess Common Core
Reading & Language Standards.
In Multiple Choice
questions, students must:
Demonstrate
knowledge of standard algorithms and concepts
Complete
multiple steps & simultaneously apply multiple skills and concepts
Avoid
“distractor choices”: incorrect responses that, on the surface, appear plausible (designed to “trick” or
mislead students)
In ShortResponse
questions, students must:
Complete a
task and show their work
Complete
multiple steps & simultaneously apply multiple skills & concepts
In ExtendedResponse
questions, students must:
Show their
work in completing multiple tasks and/or extensive problems
Demonstrate
understanding of mathematical procedures, conceptual understanding, and application
Demonstrate their reasoning and explain the steps to
and logic behind the solution
**Students must use rulers and protractors and may not
use calculators.**
New York State English Language Arts
Exam
Grade 5
“Common Core English Language Arts Standards”
The
Common Core standards guide students toward building a foundation for “college
and career readiness”.
Reading:
Students
must read from a range of highquality, challenging literary and informational
texts, including stories, dramas, poems, myths, and articles.
Writing:
Students
must support opinions in order to demonstrate understanding of the subjects
they are studying.
Students
must gear the form and content of their writing toward their audience.
Students
must build knowledge on a subject through research and subsequently analyze
literary and informational sources.
Language:
Students
must understand conventions of English grammar, usage, and mechanics.
Students
must be able to determine the meanings of vocabulary words based on context.
Students
must appreciate words’ nonliteral meanings and relationships to other words,
thus expanding their vocabulary through studying content.
Test Duration and Format
The 5^{th} grade ELA exam spans three days:
Day 1:
Book:
1
Format:
6 passages and 42 Multiple Choice questions
Time:
Estimated 70 minutes; allowed up to 90 minutes
Day 2:
Book:
2
Format:
3 passages and 21 Multiple Choice questions
Book:
3
Format:
2 passages, 3 Short and 1 ExtendedResponse
Time
(total): Estimated 70 minutes; allowed up to 90 minutes
Day 3:
Book:
4
Format:
3 passages, 5 Short and 1 ExtendedResponse
Time: Estimated
50 minutes; allowed up to 90 minutes
Totals:
Literary Passages: 59
Informational Passages:
59
Multiple Choice
Questions: 63
ShortResponse
Questions: 8
ExtendedResponse
Questions: 2
Testing time: estimated
190 minutes; allowed up to 270
Question Types and Skills Assessed
All question types are designed to assess Common Core
Reading & Language Standards.
In Multiple Choice
questions, students must:
Analyze central idea, style
elements, character and plot development, and vocabulary
Avoid “distractor choices”:
incorrect responses that, on the surface, appear plausible (designed to “trick”
or mislead students)
In ShortResponse
questions, students must:
Make a claim or draw a conclusion and provide textual evidence as support
Write in complete sentences (no
less or more than 3 complete sentences)
In ExtendedResponse
questions, students must:
Demonstrate
comprehension & analysis of a text
Take a position & demonstrate
an ability to support it with textbased details
**As of 2013, 5^{th}
Grade ELA will NOT assess Speaking & Listening.**
New York State Math Exam
Grade 5
“Common Core Math Standards”
The
Common Core standards guide students toward building a foundation for “college
and career readiness”.
Students must:
Develop fluency with addition and subtraction of
fractions
Developing understanding of multiplication of
fractions and of division of fractions in limited
cases (unit fractions divided by whole numbers and whole numbers divided by unit fractions)
Extend division to 2digit divisors, integrating
decimal fractions into the place value system
and developing understanding of operations with decimals to hundredths
Develop fluency with whole number and decimal
operations
Develop understanding of volume.
Test Duration and Format
The 5^{th} grade Math exam spans three days:
Day 1:
Book:
1
Format:
30 Multiple Choice questions
Time:
Estimated 50 minutes; allowed up to 90 minutes
Day 2:
Book:
2
Format:
32 Multiple Choice questions
Time:
Estimated 50 minutes; allowed up to 90 minutes
Day 3:
Book:
3
Format:
6 ShortResponse and 4 ExtendedResponse questions
Time:
Estimated 70 minutes; allowed up to 90 minutes
Totals:
Multiple Choice
Questions: 62
ShortResponse
Questions: 6
ExtendedResponse
Questions: 4
Testing time: estimated
150 minutes; allowed up to 210
Topics
Tested & Distribution
Numbers
and Operations in Base Tens: 2030%
Numbers
and Operations (Fractions): 3040%
Operations
and Algebraic Thinking: 515%
Measurement
and Data: 2030%
Geometry:
515%
Question Types & Skills Assessed
All question types are designed to assess Common Core
Reading & Language Standards.
In Multiple Choice
questions, students must:
Demonstrate
knowledge of standard algorithms and concepts
Complete
multiple steps & simultaneously apply multiple skills and concepts
Avoid
“distractor choices”: incorrect responses that, on the surface, appear plausible (designed to “trick” or
mislead students)
In ShortResponse
questions, students must:
Complete a
task and show their work
Complete
multiple steps & simultaneously apply multiple skills & concepts
In ExtendedResponse
questions, students must:
Show their
work in completing multiple tasks and/or extensive problems
Demonstrate
understanding of mathematical procedures, conceptual understanding, and application
Demonstrate their reasoning and explain the steps to
and logic behind the solution
**Students must use rulers and protractors and may not
use calculators.**
New York State English Language Arts
Exam
Grade 6
“Common Core English Language Arts Standards”
The
Common Core standards guide students toward building a foundation for “college
and career readiness”.
Reading:
Students
must read from a range of highquality, challenging literary and informational
texts, including stories, dramas, poems, myths, and articles.
Students
must develop the ability to evaluate intricate arguments.
Writing:
Students
must deliberately choose words, information, structures and formats based on
careful consideration of their audience.
Students
must learn to produce complex and nuanced writing by combining different kinds
of writing (e.g.: using narrative strategies within argument and explanation
within narrative).
Students
must be able to use technology when creating, refining and collaborating.
Students
must adeptly gather information, evaluate sources, accurately cite material,
and report findings from research and analysis of sources in a clear manner.
Students
must attain the flexibility, concentration, and fluency to produce
highquality, firstdraft text under a deadline, as well as the ability to
revisit and improve writing over multiple drafts when possible.
Language:
Students
must firmly understand the conventions of English language.
Students
must choose words, syntax, and punctuation to express themselves to achieve
particular rhetorical effects.
Students
must build extensive vocabularies through reading and study.
Students
must become skilled in determining meanings of words/phrases from context.
Students
must learn to see individual words as part of a network, thus understanding
different connotations.
Test Duration and Format
The 6^{th} grade ELA exam spans three days:
Day 1:
Book:
1
Format:
6 passages and 42 Multiple Choice questions
Time:
Estimated 70 minutes; allowed up to 90 minutes
Day 2:
Book:
2
Format:
3 passages and 21 Multiple Choice questions
Book:
3
Format:
2 passages, 3 Short and 1 ExtendedResponse
Time
(total): Estimated 70 minutes; allowed up to 90 minutes
Day 3:
Book:
4
Format:
3 passages, 5 Short and 1 ExtendedResponse
Time:
Estimated 50 minutes; allowed up to 90 minutes
Totals:
Literary Passages: 47
Informational Passages:
710
Multiple Choice
Questions: 63
ShortResponse
Questions: 8
ExtendedResponse
Questions: 2
Testing time: estimated
190 minutes; allowed up to 270
Question Types & Skills Assessed
All question types are designed to assess Common Core
Reading & Language Standards.
In Multiple Choice
questions, students must:
Analyze central idea, style
elements, character and plot development, and vocabulary
Avoid “distractor choices”:
incorrect responses that, on the surface, appear plausible (designed to “trick”
or mislead students)
In ShortResponse
questions, students must:
Make a claim or draw a conclusion and provide textual evidence as support
Write in complete sentences (no
less or more than 3 complete sentences)
In ExtendedResponse
questions, students must:
Demonstrate
comprehension & analysis of a text
Take a position & demonstrate
an ability to support it with textbased details
**As of 2013, 6^{th}
Grade ELA will NOT assess Speaking & Listening.**
New York State Math Exam
Grade 6
“Common Core Math Standards”
The
Common Core standards guide students toward building a foundation for “college
and career readiness”.
Students must:
Connect ratio and rate to whole number
multiplication and division and use concepts of
ratio and rate to solve problems
Complete understanding of division of fractions and
extend the notion of number to the system
of rational numbers, including negative numbers
Write, interpret, and use expressions and equations
Develop an understanding of statistical thinking
Test Duration and Format
The 6^{th} grade Math exam spans three days:
Day 1:
Book:
1
Format:
34 Multiple Choice questions
Time:
Estimated 50 minutes; allowed up to 90 minutes
Day 2:
Book:
2
Format:
34 Multiple Choice questions
Time:
Estimated 50 minutes; allowed up to 90 minutes
Day 3:
Book:
3
Format:
6 ShortResponse and 4 ExtendedResponse questions
Time:
Estimated 70 minutes; allowed up to 90 minutes
Totals:
Multiple Choice
Questions: 68
ShortResponse
Questions: 6
ExtendedResponse
Questions: 4
Testing time: estimated
150 minutes; allowed up to 210
Topics
Tested & Distribution
The
Number System: 1525%
Expressions
and Equations: 3545%
Ratios
and Proportional Relationships: 2030%
Geometry:
1020%
Statistics
and Probability: 0%
Question Types & Skills Assessed
All question types are designed to assess Common Core
Reading & Language Standards.
In Multiple Choice
questions, students must:
Demonstrate
knowledge of standard algorithms and concepts
Complete
multiple steps & simultaneously apply multiple skills and concepts
Avoid
“distractor choices”: incorrect responses that, on the surface, appear plausible (designed to “trick” or
mislead students)
In ShortResponse
questions, students must:
Complete a
task and show their work
Complete
multiple steps & simultaneously apply multiple skills & concepts
In ExtendedResponse
questions, students must:
Show their
work in completing multiple tasks and/or extensive problems
Demonstrate
understanding of mathematical procedures, conceptual understanding, and application
Demonstrate their reasoning and explain the steps to
and logic behind the solution
**Students must use rulers and protractors for all
test sessions. Students must use a fourfunction or scientific calculator for
Book 2 and Book 3. Students may not use a graphing calculator.**
Students will receive
this detachable reference sheet in all three test books:
New York State English Language Arts
Exam
Grade 7
“Common Core English Language Arts Standards”
The
Common Core standards guide students toward building a foundation for “college
and career readiness”.
Reading:
Students
must read from a range of highquality, challenging literary and informational
texts, including stories, dramas, poems, myths, and articles.
Students
must develop the ability to evaluate intricate arguments.
Writing:
Students
must deliberately choose words, information, structures and formats based on
careful consideration of their audience.
Students
must learn to produce complex and nuanced writing by combining different kinds
of writing (e.g.: using narrative strategies within argument and explanation
within narrative).
Students
must be able to use technology when creating, refining and collaborating.
Students
must adeptly gather information, evaluate sources, accurately cite material,
and report findings from research and analysis of sources in a clear manner.
Students
must attain the flexibility, concentration, and fluency to produce
highquality, firstdraft text under a deadline, as well as the ability to
revisit and improve writing over multiple drafts when possible.
Language:
Students
must firmly understand the conventions of English language.
Students
must choose words, syntax, and punctuation to express themselves to achieve
particular rhetorical effects.
Students
must build extensive vocabularies through reading and study.
Students
must become skilled in determining meanings of words/phrases from context.
Students
must learn to see individual words as part of a network, thus understanding
different connotations.
Test Duration and Format
The 7^{th} grade ELA exam spans three days:
Day 1:
Book:
1
Format:
6 passages and 42 Multiple Choice questions
Time:
Estimated 70 minutes; allowed up to 90 minutes
Day 2:
Book:
2
Format:
3 passages and 21 Multiple Choice questions
Book:
3
Format:
2 passages, 3 Short and 1 ExtendedResponse
Time
(total): Estimated 70 minutes; allowed up to 90 minutes
Day 3:
Book:
4
Format:
3 passages, 5 Short and 1 ExtendedResponse
Time:
Estimated 50 minutes; allowed up to 90 minutes
Totals:
Literary Passages: 47
Informational Passages:
710
Multiple Choice
Questions: 63
ShortResponse
Questions: 8
ExtendedResponse
Questions: 2
Testing time: estimated
190 minutes; allowed up to 270
Question Types & Skills Assessed
All question types are designed to assess Common Core
Reading & Language Standards.
In Multiple Choice
questions, students must:
Analyze central idea, style
elements, character and plot development, and vocabulary
Avoid “distractor choices”:
incorrect responses that, on the surface, appear plausible (designed to “trick”
or mislead students)
In ShortResponse
questions, students must:
Make a claim or draw a conclusion and provide textual evidence as support
Write in complete sentences (no
less or more than 3 complete sentences)
In ExtendedResponse
questions, students must:
Demonstrate
comprehension & analysis of a text
Take a position & demonstrate
an ability to support it with textbased details
**As of 2013, 7^{th}
Grade ELA will NOT assess Speaking & Listening.**
New York State Math Exam
Grade 7
“Common Core Math Standards”
The
Common Core standards guide students toward building a foundation for “college
and career readiness”.
Students must:
Learn to apply
proportional relationships
Developing an understanding of
operations with rational numbers and work with expressions
and linear equations
Solving problems involving
scale drawings and informal geometric constructions
Work with two and
threedimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume
Draw inferences about
populations based on samples.
Test Duration and Format
The 7^{th} grade Math exam spans three days:
Day 1:
Book:
1
Format:
34 Multiple Choice questions
Time:
Estimated 50 minutes; allowed up to 90 minutes
Day 2:
Book:
2
Format:
34 Multiple Choice questions
Time:
Estimated 50 minutes; allowed up to 90 minutes
Day 3:
Book:
3
Format:
6 ShortResponse and 4 ExtendedResponse questions
Time:
Estimated 70 minutes; allowed up to 90 minutes
Totals:
Multiple Choice
Questions: 68
ShortResponse
Questions: 6
ExtendedResponse
Questions: 4
Testing time: estimated
150 minutes; allowed up to 210
Topics
Tested & Distribution
The
Number System: 1525%
Expressions
and Equations: 3040%
Ratios
and Proportional Relationships: 2030%
Geometry:
515%
Statistics
and Probability: 1020%
Question Types and Skills Assessed
All question types are designed to assess Common Core
Reading & Language Standards.
In Multiple Choice
questions, students must:
Demonstrate
knowledge of standard algorithms and concepts
Complete
multiple steps & simultaneously apply multiple skills and concepts
Avoid
“distractor choices”: incorrect responses that, on the surface, appear plausible (designed to “trick” or
mislead students)
In ShortResponse
questions, students must:
Complete a
task and show their work
Complete
multiple steps & simultaneously apply multiple skills & concepts
In ExtendedResponse
questions, students must:
Show their
work in completing multiple tasks and/or extensive problems
Demonstrate
understanding of mathematical procedures, conceptual understanding, and application
Demonstrate their reasoning and explain the steps to
and logic behind the solution
**Students must use rulers and protractors for all test
sessions. Students must use a fourfunction or scientific calculator for Book 2
and Book 3. Students may not use a graphing calculator.**
**Students should learn that pi is an irrational number. In Book 3, students should use
the pi key and full display of the
calculator. They may not use approximate values of pi such as 3.14, 3.1416, or 22/7.**
Students will receive
this detachable reference sheet in all three test books:
New York State English Language Arts
Exam
Grade 8
“Common Core English Language Arts Standards”
The
Common Core standards guide students toward building a foundation for “college
and career readiness”.
Reading:
Students
must read from a range of highquality, challenging literary and informational
texts, including stories, dramas, poems, myths, and articles.
Students
must develop the ability to evaluate intricate arguments.
Writing:
Students
must deliberately choose words, information, structures and formats based on
careful consideration of their audience.
Students
must learn to produce complex and nuanced writing by combining different kinds
of writing (e.g.: using narrative strategies within argument and explanation
within narrative).
Students
must be able to use technology when creating, refining and collaborating.
Students
must adeptly gather information, evaluate sources, accurately cite material,
and report findings from research and analysis of sources in a clear manner.
Students
must attain the flexibility, concentration, and fluency to produce
highquality, firstdraft text under a deadline, as well as the ability to
revisit and improve writing over multiple drafts when possible.
Language:
Students
must firmly understand the conventions of English language.
Students
must choose words, syntax, and punctuation to express themselves to achieve
particular rhetorical effects.
Students
must build extensive vocabularies through reading and study.
Students
must become skilled in determining meanings of words/phrases from context.
Students
must learn to see individual words as part of a network, thus understanding
different connotations.
Test Duration and Format
The 8^{th} grade ELA exam spans three days:
Day 1:
Book:
1
Format:
6 passages and 42 Multiple Choice questions
Time:
Estimated 70 minutes; allowed up to 90 minutes
Day 2:
Book:
2
Format:
3 passages and 21 Multiple Choice questions
Book:
3
Format:
2 passages, 3 Short and 1 ExtendedResponse
Time
(total): Estimated 70 minutes; allowed up to 90 minutes
Day 3:
Book:
4
Format:
3 passages, 5 Short and 1 ExtendedResponse
Time:
Estimated 50 minutes; allowed up to 90 minutes
Totals:
Literary Passages: 38
Informational Passages:
611
Multiple Choice
Questions: 63
ShortResponse
Questions: 8
ExtendedResponse
Questions: 2
Testing time: estimated
190 minutes; allowed up to 270
Question Types and Skills Assessed
All question types are designed to assess Common Core
Reading & Language Standards.
In Multiple Choice
questions, students must:
Analyze central idea, style
elements, character and plot development, and vocabulary
Avoid “distractor choices”:
incorrect responses that, on the surface, appear plausible (designed to “trick”
or mislead students)
In ShortResponse
questions, students must:
Make a claim or draw a conclusion and provide textual evidence as support
Write in complete sentences (no
less or more than 3 complete sentences)
In ExtendedResponse
questions, students must:
Demonstrate
comprehension & analysis of a text
Take a position & demonstrate
an ability to support it with textbased details
**As of 2013, 8^{th}
Grade ELA will NOT assess Speaking & Listening.**
New York State Math Exam
Grade 8
“Common Core Math Standards”
The
Common Core standards guide students toward building a foundation for “college
and career readiness”.
Students must:
Develop skills in formulating and reasoning about
expressions and equations, including modeling
an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear
equations
Grasping the concept of a function and use functions
to describe quantitative relationships
Analyze two and threedimensional space and figures
using distance, angle, similarity, and
congruence
Understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem.
Test Duration and Format
The 8^{th} grade Math exam spans three days:
Day 1:
Book:
1
Format:
34 Multiple Choice questions
Time:
Estimated 50 minutes; allowed up to 90 minutes
Day 2:
Book:
2
Format:
34 Multiple Choice questions
Time:
Estimated 50 minutes; allowed up to 90 minutes
Day 3:
Book:
3
Format:
6 ShortResponse and 4 ExtendedResponse questions
Time:
Estimated 70 minutes; allowed up to 90 minutes
Totals:
Multiple Choice
Questions: 68
ShortResponse
Questions: 6
ExtendedResponse
Questions: 4
Testing time: estimated
150 minutes; allowed up to 210
Topics
Tested & Distribution
The
Number System: 0%
Expressions
and Equations: 4045%
Functions:
2025%
Geometry:
2530%
Statistics
and Probability: 1015%
Question Types and Skills Assessed
All question types are designed to assess Common Core
Reading & Language Standards.
In Multiple Choice
questions, students must:
Demonstrate
knowledge of standard algorithms and concepts
Complete
multiple steps & simultaneously apply multiple skills and concepts
Avoid
“distractor choices”: incorrect responses that, on the surface, appear plausible (designed to “trick” or
mislead students)
In ShortResponse
questions, students must:
Complete a
task and show their work
Complete
multiple steps & simultaneously apply multiple skills & concepts
In ExtendedResponse
questions, students must:
Show their
work in completing multiple tasks and/or extensive problems
Demonstrate
understanding of mathematical procedures, conceptual understanding, and application
Demonstrate their reasoning and explain the steps to
and logic behind the solution
**Students must use rulers and protractors for all
test sessions. Students must use a fourfunction or scientific calculator for
Book 2 and Book 3. Students may not use a graphing calculator.**
**Students should learn that pi is an irrational number. In Book 3, students should use
the pi key and full display of the
calculator. They may not use approximate values of pi such as 3.14, 3.1416, or 22/7.**
Students will receive
this detachable reference sheet in all three test books:
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