Prep for Massachusetts State Testing with MCAS Practice Tests

In the age of digital testing, MCAP test prep requires more than studying the subject matter — your students need opportunities to learn the ins and outs of the virtual testing environment. As you prepare for Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests, make sure your students get the virtual test practice they need so on test day, all they have to do is show off.
Here’s what you should know about MCAS tests and how to get the most out of digital practice tests.

What Are MCAS Tests?

The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) is a summative testing system that measures students’ progress toward mastering the skills and concepts described in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Starting in third grade, students are assessed across subjects as a way to gauge their academic strengths and weaknesses, while also providing accountability to individual schools and districts.
MCAS tests the following subjects and grade levels:
  • English language arts (grades 3–8, 10)
  • Mathematics (grades 3–8, 10)
  • Science and Technology/Engineering, or STE (grades 5 and 8)
  • High school STE (grade level varies based on when the students take the corresponding science course)
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Introductory Physics
    • Technology/Engineering
High school students must pass the grade 10 MCAS tests in English language arts and math in order to graduate, along with at least one of the high school STE tests. There are opportunities to retake the grade 10 MCAS tests in grades 11 and 12 if a student doesn’t initially pass the exams.
For the first time this June, MCAS grade 10 math, Introductory Physics, and Biology tests will be offered in American Sign Language and Spanish. Next school year (2022–2023), all MCAS tests except for high school Chemistry and Technology/Engineering will be next-generation, computer-based tests. (Currently, tests are available in both computer and paper-based forms.)
Massachusetts students with significant cognitive disabilities may take the MCAS Alternate Assessment (MCAS-Alt) instead of the standard MCAS tests.
Along with MCAS or MCAS-Alt tests, English language learners take ACCESS for ELLs, an English language proficiency test, each year. English learners with significant cognitive disabilities may take the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs.
The 2021-2022 testing windows for MCAS tests and other Massachusetts assessments are as follows:
  • MCAS ELA (grades 3–8): March 28–April 29, 2022
  • MCAS Mathematics (grades 3–8): April 25–May 27, 2022
  • STE (grades 5 and 8): April 26–May 27, 2022
  • MCAS Grade 10 ELA: March 22–23, 2022
  • MCAS Grade 10 Math: May 17–18, 2022
  • High school STE (all tests): June 7–8, 2022
  • ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs: January 6–March 4, 2022
MCAS-Alt assessments have a submission deadline, but no prescribed testing dates.

Prepare Your Students with MCAS Practice Tests

To make sure your students are ready for MCAS tests, you’ll want to introduce them to the virtual testing environment long before they’re staring down the real exam. MCAS virtual practice sessions give your students the opportunity to learn their way around the testing platform and figure out how different technology-enhanced items function. They’ll be able to practice their keyboarding, hone skills with digital tools, and learn how to work through questions and problems with drag-and-drop, hot spot, graph building, and table creation features.
These digital skills are crucial to a smooth experience on test day.
The focus on the MCAS test should be demonstrating everything your students have learned in class (thanks to their awesome teacher!). With practice sessions under your students’ belts, the technology will serve as a tool, not a hindrance, to showing off their learning.
For an added benefit, have your students take the practice MCAS tests on the same device they’ll use on test day. That way, they’ll know exactly how the online testing technology interacts with their tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.
Digital MCAS practice tests help your student develop the skills, not to mention the confidence, they’ll need for the real test.

MCAS Practice Tests Are Available in Edulastic

To make practicing for the MCAS tests as easy as possible, Edulastic has already uploaded MCAS practice content to our Edulastic Public Library. All you have to do is sign up for a free account, and you’ll be able to easily administer the practice test to your students.
Want to create or assemble your own MCAS practice tests? You can do that too! Make your own questions, pick from an item bank of thousands of standards-aligned questions and either assign right away to students, or customize to meet your classwork or individual class needs. Edulastic instantly grades student work, so you’ll have immediate results at your fingertips. From the Edulastic Live Class Board or Standards Mastery Report you’ll get performance data, that’ll guide your decisions on how to best support student learning as the official state test day approaches.
Whether you use the existing MCAS practice or make your own, you’ll be giving your students an advantage. With practice on Edulastic, they’ll have more confidence and know what to expect on MCAS testing day.
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MCAS Practice tests

MCAS 2019 Grade 8 Science PRACTICE TEST
23 questions | MCAS
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MCAS 2019 Grade 5 Science PRACTICE TEST
24 questions | MCAS
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MCAS 2019 Grade 10 Mathematics PRACTICE TEST – Spanish
26 questions | MCAS
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MCAS 2019 Grade 10 Mathematics PRACTICE TEST
26 questions | MCAS
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MCAS 2019 Grade 8 Mathematics PRACTICE TEST
12 questions | MCAS
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MCAS 2019 Grade 7 Mathematics PRACTICE TEST
12 questions | MCAS
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MCAS 2019 Grade 6 Mathematics PRACTICE TEST
16 questions | MCAS
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MCAS 2019 Grade 5 Mathematics PRACTICE TEST
12 questions | MCAS
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MCAS 2019 Grade 4 Mathematics PRACTICE TEST
14 questions | MCAS
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MCAS 2019 Grade 3 Mathematics PRACTICE TEST
16 questions | MCAS
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MCAS 2019 Grade 10 English Language Arts PRACTICE TEST
22 questions | MCAS
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MCAS 2019 Grade 8 English Language Arts PRACTICE TEST
14 questions | MCAS
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MCAS 2019 Grade 7 English Language Arts PRACTICE TEST
14 questions | MCAS
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MCAS 2019 Grade 6 English Language Arts PRACTICE TEST
14 questions | MCAS
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MCAS 2019 Grade 5 English Language Arts PRACTICE TEST
14 questions | MCAS
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MCAS 2019 Grade 4 English Language Arts PRACTICE TEST
17 questions | MCAS
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MCAS 2019 Grade 3 English Language Arts PRACTICE TEST
17 questions | MCAS
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