Students tend to get anxious especially when exam time draws near. To build confidence, a lot of preparation is required to allow students familiarize themselves with what is expected of them during the main exams. Technology has introduced a fresh and innovative approach of exam preparation.
What is GMAS?
GMAS is an acronym for Georgia Milestone Assessment System. This is a statewide comprehensive test administered in the state of Georgia beginning from Grade 3 through to high school. Gmas as it is popularly called measures how well students have internalized skills and knowledge as per the state-adopted curriculum standards.
GMAS tests cover the core subject areas of English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, Social Studies and Science. Grade 3 -8 students sit for end-of-grade English Language Arts and Mathematics Assessments, while Grade 5 and Grade 8 students are also tested in social studies and science. Additionally, high school students also sit for 10 end-of-course GMAS tests in the following subject areas; English Language Arts, Mathematics, Algebra 1, Geometry, Biology, Science, Social Studies, Physical Science, Economics/Business and United States History.
GMAS assessments began in the year 2014-15. Before GMAS test came into existence, students in elementary and middle school sat for Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCTs) in five key subjects of Math, English Language Arts, Reading, Science and Social Studies. Students in Grade 3, 5 and 8 also sat for a separate writing assessment.
Background and Purpose of GMAS
Georgia Milestones have been instrumental in offering quality assessment to students at various stages of learning. The core aim of GMAS tests is to provide teachers and parents with key information about students’ achievement as well as their preparedness for the next level of learning. Just like any other educational assessment, GMAS offers an opportunity to evaluate students and take note any areas of weakness that require improvement. Results of the assessment also help policy makers to monitor Georgia state educational standards.
Background and Schedule of GMAS Tests
The 2018 testing window for GMAS tests begins on April 8 – May 18, 2018. During this period, various assessments are carried out for students at different grade levels. Within the state designated assessment period, every school district picks a local testing window based on their local school calendar.
The exam structure for GMAS tests is divided into sessions. For instance, GMAs English Language Arts has 3 sessions while GMA Maths test consists of 2 sessions. For ELA assessment, Session 1 is administered on the single day while Session 2 and 3 can either be done on a single day or spread over 2 days.
GMAS Testing Time Periods
The exam time periods for assessments vary depending on the subject being tested. GMAS English Language Assessment (ELA) Session 1 lasts 90 minutes while both Session 2 and 3 take 75 minutes each. Both GMAS Math sessions (1 and 2) take 85 minutes.
GMAS Types of Questions
GMAS assessments consist of four main types of questions which are:
- Selected Response or Multiple Choice questions
- Extended Constructed Response items
- TE or Multi Select or Two Part Questions
- Constructed Response items
How Edulastic GMAS Practice Assessments Prepare Students
Edulastic is a key platform and resource for helping Georgia students to prepare for GMAS tests. It offers Georgia milestone practice test samples that students can use on a regular basis to polish their skills as they prepare to sit for the main exam. In the recent times, technology has been fully embraced in exam administration and for this reason, it is important for students to do numerous online practice assessments to familiarize themselves with the technology used during the main exam.
A majority of Georgia milestones practice test assessments consist of tests that were administered in the previous year. When they begin early, students have enough time to practice various online tests. Regular practice enables students grasp important skills such as keyboarding and how to navigate through technical questions. There are other numerous technical maneuvers such as drag and drop, using online calculators and filing information in tables among others.
GMAS practice sessions expose students various tech gadgets that are used during the main assessment. Practicing regularly using these gadgets allows students to get used to the devices they’ll use when sitting for the main exam. Computer based GMAS tests use common gadgets such as computer, ipads and tablets. Students are allowed to repeatedly do practice tests to sharpen their skills and build confidence levels.
Instructional Topics to Cover in Preparation for GMAS Tests
During the school year, it is critical for teachers to cover the required subject topics which vary according to the subject being tested and the grade. For instance, Key subject areas for ELA for the lower grades include reading and vocabulary as well as writing and language. For Math assessment for lower grades i.e. Grade 3 topics include Number and Operations, Geometry, Measurement and Data as well as Operations and Algebraic Thinking.
GMAS Practice tests
Grade 8 EOG Math Item Sampler 2018
Grade 6 EOG Math Item Sampler 2018
Grade 8 EOG ELA Item Sampler 2018
Grade 7 EOG Math Item Sampler 2018
Grade 6 EOG ELA Item Sampler 2018
Grade 7 EOG ELA Item Sampler 2018
Grade 5 EOG Math Item Sampler 2018
Grade 4 EOG Math Item Sampler 2018
Grade 3 EOG Math Item Sampler 2018
Grade 3 EOG ELA Item Sampler 2018
Grade 4 EOG ELA Item Sampler 2018
Grade 5 EOG ELA Item Sampler 2018