This page provides access to each released essay item, constructed-response item, open-response item, and writing prompt included on the MCAS tests from 2016 to 2019 and in 2021; the scoring guide that accompanies each item; and samples of student work at each score point for the item. Taken together, the items, the scoring guides, and the corresponding student work provide a picture of the expectations for student performance on the MCAS tests.
Select a year below to view the test questions, scoring guides, and student work from that year. Note that no test questions or student work samples were released in 2020 due to the cancellation of test administrations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Department no longer releases questions or student work samples from the high school Chemistry and Technology/Engineering tests. The links below provide access to the most recent released questions and student work samples for those tests.
Last Updated: July 29, 2021
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