The Smarter Balanced Practice Test is available to schools and districts for practice and training purposes, professional development activities, and for discussions with parents, policymakers, and other interested stakeholders.
The Pilot/Practice Test secure browsers will be unavailable for download from the secure browser page of the portal beginning Friday, November 15 in preparation for the release of the Field Test secure browsers (except the Chromebook app) on Monday, November 18. The old secure browser will still work with the Practice Test even after the download becomes unavailable. The new Field Test secure browser may also be used with the Practice Test, and must be used for the Field Test.
Calculators are available for students to preview and practice with outside of the testing environment.
Performance task writing rubrics are available under Resources and Documentation.
Scoring guides for the Smarter Balanced Practice Test are available under Resources and Documentation.
Note that some braille tests have a separate scoring guide, but the general scoring guide is applicable to all other accommodations and any braille test for which an independent scoring guide is not posted.
The Practice Test can be taken on any Internet-connected computer using a current Web browser including:
Currently, Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 is not a supported browser. We are looking into supporting IE 9 by fall 2013.
To experience the text-to-speech functionality, the Secure Browser application is required.
To administer a braille test, access the TA Practice Site.
See Resources and Documentation for supporting materials related to the Practice Test, including information about other devices supported for testing.