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Spring Break MCA Practice
Thursday, March 28, 2013 7:10 AM

It is very important to get comfortable with the MCAs before testing this April. The science and math tests are on-line this year and reading tests are on paper; however, next year, all three tests will be on-line. Please dedicate a couple of hours over spring break to look at your grade level sample tests on line and practice!

  • Science MCAs are for 8th graders only and will be Thursday, April 11, during science or social studies classes, 1st, 3rd or 4th hour 
  • Reading MCAs are Tuesday & Wednesday, April 16th & 17th, 7:35-9:50 am. 
  • Math MCAs will be April 22-May 1. Students will test according to their 6th hour classes at 12:15pm

Here is the schedule:

  • M/T, 4/22 & 4/23: Sara’s Math Workshop, Tracie’s Study Skills class & Amber’s Film class
  • W/Th, 4/24 & 4/25: Allison’s Blues Brothers class & John’s Science Challenge class
  • T/W 4/30 & 5/1: Flory’s Spanish I class & Chuck’s 7 Seminal Stories class

Directions to practice the online samplers from home (printable version):

  1. Using FIREFOX, go to: http://www.mnstateassessments.org/itemsamplers.html#onlinesamplers (link will open in a new window).
  2. In the Online Item Sampler section, select the second item: Online Item Samplers
  3. It will automatically open up a tab with a log in screen with ‘GUEST’ filled in. Do NOT enter any info, click SIGN-IN!
  4. On the next screen, look at the blue stripe and select your grade (7th or 8th) from the drop down menu.
  5. On the next screen, select the test you would like to practice: Choose (for example): Grade 8 Math Item Sampler, Grade 8 Reading Item Sampler or Grade 8 Science Item Sampler
  6. Click begin, read the directions, and continue throughout the test. 
PDF MCA Practice   --  Instructions