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Released Test Questions

As Massachusetts transitions its testing program to next-generation assessments, the Department is continuing the regular release of MCAS test questions. You can access released test questions in multiple formats.

  • To access released items from the computer-based tests: View the released items using the ePATs (electronic practice assessment tools) on the website. A released-item answer key, provided for each ePAT, includes a crosswalk between the item numbering in the ePAT and the item numbers used in reports of student results for CBT test-takers.

  • To access released items from the paper-based tests: View the released items in the , which display items from the paper-based next-generation tests and the legacy tests in PDF format. The item numbers in the released item documents match the items numbers in reports of student results for PBT test-takers.

  • To search for released items by standard, reporting category, item type, or other criteria: Use one of the following resources:

    • The is a searchable database providing access to released items from the past six years of MCAS test administrations.

    • The is a new tool that provides access to released items from the computer-based MCAS tests. The library contains all released items from the first two administrations of computer-based tests (2017 and 2018) and will continue to grow in future years.

Practice Tests

Visit the to access practice tests for ELA, Mathematics, and Science and Technology/Engineering. These practice tests are an important tool for familiarizing students with MCAS test formats and item types.

  • For next-generation assessments, practice tests are available in both computer-based and paper-based formats.

  • Computer-based practice tests include all accessibility features commonly available on the operational tests, and a text-to-speech version offers screen reader functionality.

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Last Updated: September 13, 2018

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