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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

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 MCAS Resource Center 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 released item documents, 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 Question Search is a searchable database providing access to released items from the past six years of MCAS test administrations.

    • The MCAS Digital Item Library 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 MCAS Resource Center 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.

Other Related Resources

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Overview of Spring 2018 Item Releases
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Student Work Samples and Scoring Guides


Last Updated: September 13, 2018
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