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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

FAQs on the Spring 2018 MCAS Grade 10 Mathematics Field Test

Which students will participate?Schools are expected to have at least 25 percent of their students participate in ELA or Mathematics (but may choose to have more students participate), in addition to participating in the operational spring 2018 MCAS paper-based tests. First-year ELL students will not be required to participate. High school principals were informed via email of whether the school was selected for ELA or Mathematics, along with guidance for selecting classes (the guidance document Download Word Document is posted).
What is the field test administration schedule?April 23-May 11, 2018
How many Mathematics field test sessions will there be, and what is the recommended testing time? There will be one session for Mathematics, and the recommended testing time is 90-120 minutes.
What will the Mathematics field test design look like?There will be:
  • 16 items worth 1 point each
  • 3 items worth 2 points each
  • 2 constructed-response items worth 4 points each

Note: 1 and 2 point items are machine-scored, and can include multiple-choice, multiple-select, or technology enhanced test questions (e.g., "drag-and-drop," dropdown menus).

What is the calculator policy for the Mathematics field test?

A scientific calculator will be embedded in a sample of test forms. A calculator will be allowed only for students who have a calculator-embedded form. (Guidance on determining whether a student has a calculator-embedded form will be provided in manuals.)

Students who prefer to use a handheld calculator when taking the computer-based test may do so (only for students taking the Mathematics field test who have a calculator-embedded form), and schools should make handheld calculators available.

The Department recommends that students use a scientific calculator when using a handheld calculator so that it is equivalent to the one embedded online; however, at a minimum, a five-function calculator may be used instead if a handheld scientific calculator is not available.

As always, students using handheld calculators must have sole access to a calculator, and test administrators must ensure that students do not have access to calculator instructions or formula sheets that accompany calculators. In addition, the calculator must be one that cannot access the Internet.

Note that students with disabilities with the accommodation for a calculator will be able to use a calculator (computer-embedded and/or handheld) if they were selected for a noncalculator-embedded form.

Where can I find more information?In the Resources for the Grade 10 ELA and Mathematics Field Tests and the High School STE Question Tryouts section at the bottom of the page.


Last Updated: January 26, 2018
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