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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

History and Social Science

Test Design

Test Blueprints by Grade

History and Social Science Test Blueprints
 Number of Multiple-Choice Items
(1 point per item)
Number of Open-Response Items
(4 points per item)
GradeCommonMatrix-SampledCommonMatrix-SampledTotal Common Points
Available per Form
High School44144260

History and Social Science Reporting Categories
GradeReporting CategoryPercentage (+/- 5%)Total Number of Points
5North American Geography35%14
American History35%14
Civics/Government and Economics30%12
7World Geography: Category I (Asia, Australia, Oceania)25%10
World Geography: Category II (Europe, Africa, South America)25%10
Ancient Civilizations: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel25%10
Classical Civilizations: Greece and Rome25%10
High SchoolU.S. History I (to 1877)30%18
U.S. History II (to circa 1990)30%18
Civics and Government25%15

* Items assessing Civics/Government standards will be contextualized in the Ancient/Classical Civilization categories; items assessing Economics standards

Last Updated: September 15, 2016
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