How to Pass the STAAR Test

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Check out this article if you need help passing a STAAR assessment or if you have a student who needs some assistance getting ready. Find out what's covered on each of these tests and learn where you can find study resources to help you prepare.

Passing STAAR Exams

While STAAR assessments cover various subjects and are used to measure students' academic progress at different grade levels, some tips for passing the exams remain true for all of the tests.

Exams are administered toward the end of the school year or after a course, so students can prepare by regularly attending classes and completing their school work. Students should also spend time studying outside of class, both on their own and in study groups. The use of flashcards, review sheets and notes will go a long way to helping students pass the STAAR assessments they face.

To learn more about individual exam preparation, check out the resources below.

Reading: Grades 3-8

Students taking these tests answer questions designed to measure their basic reading comprehension skills in addition to their ability to analyze a variety of literary genres. You can access online study guides to help your students get ready for these assessments. These guides include easy-to-understand lessons that are great for younger students. Short quizzes also allow them to practice answering questions similar to what they'll face on the following tests:

Mathematics: Grades 3-8

Younger students will need to demonstrate an understanding of numerical relationships, basic arithmetic operations, measurements and shape properties. Tests for older students require them to perform more advanced calculations that require a knowledge of algebraic relationships, geometric formulas, conversion factors and data analysis. Get your students ready for these tests with the self-paced online courses included below:

Writing: Grades 4 and 7

These exams test students' ability to compose a well-organized and coherent response to a writing prompt. Their editing skills are tested as well. While not a complete test-prep resource, the options listed below can help students review grammar rules and the steps in the writing process to get ready for their writing tests:

Science: Grades 5 and 8

This exam requires students to answer questions that deal with the properties of matter, sources of energy and the effects of force on an object. Older students are also asked to calculate such variables as speed and acceleration. Earth and space science topics are covered as well, alongside the characteristics of living organisms and their environments. Students also need to put their scientific research and reasoning skills to work to pass this test. Help your students review what they need to know with this course:

Social Studies: Grade 8

This assessment measures what students know about U.S. history and culture up through the Civil War. North American geography, U.S. government and citizenship are also covered alongside basic economic concepts and the impacts of science and technology on society. Social studies skills are also tested throughout the exam. Get your students ready to pass this test with this course:

High School English

These End of Course (EOC) exams are completed at the end of your English I, II and III courses. They test the same basic areas as the reading and writing assessments for younger students: understanding and analyzing different texts, composition, revision and editing. You can go over the subjects covered by these tests with the following courses:

High School Mathematics

You'll also need to complete EOC exams for Algebra I and Algebra II. These assessments test your understanding of such topics as linear and quadratic functions and equations as well as exponential functions and equations. Use the following courses to review these concepts and work on practice quizzes:

High School Biology

The biology EOC assessment covers cell structure and function, genetic principles, the theory of evolution, functions of biological systems and the relationship between living organisms and their environment. Scientific research and experimentation skills are tested as well. You can get ready to pass this exam by working on this study guide:

High School U.S. History

This EOC examination covers the same basic categories as the grade 8 social studies test, though the difficulty level of the questions will be increased. Use this course to go over the historical facts you need to know to confidently pass this test:

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