Prepare for Ohio State Tests with Practice OST Tests

With the right preparation, Ohio State Tests are just another way for your students to show off. Test time provides an opportunity for them to put their learning into action — and with practice OST tests, you can make sure your students are more than ready.
Here’s what you need to know about Ohio State Tests and how you can prepare your students with practice OST tests in Edulastic.

Ohio State Tests: What You Should Know

Designed to measure student mastery of Ohio’s Learning Standards, Ohio State Tests are annual achievements tests for grades 3 and up. The exams provide insight on how individuals — and particular schools or districts — are excelling or struggling in particular subject areas.
Ohio State Tests cover the following subjects:
  • English language arts (grades 3–8)
  • Mathematics (grades 3–8)
  • Science (grades 5 and 8)
High school students take end-of-course exams for the following subjects:
  • English language arts II
  • Algebra I
  • Geometry (or integrated mathematics I and II)
  • Biology
  • American history
  • American government
The graduating classes of 2018–2022 must also take end-of-course exams for English language arts I, and they have the option of taking an exam for physical science instead of biology.
(This school year, 2021–2022, is the last time the Ohio Graduation Tests, a graduation requirement for students who enrolled in grade 9 for the first time before July 2014, will be administered.)
Ohio State Tests are primarily administered online, with opportunities for paper test exceptions for schools that lack the technology infrastructure or students who require paper tests due to IEP or 504 plan accommodations or religious beliefs. Ohio also offers the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD) for students whose disabilities prevent them from meaningfully accessing the standard tests.
Each Ohio State Test is administered in two parts, and each part ranges in time limit from 75 to 105 minutes.
There are both fall and spring testing windows. The spring 2022 testing window is:
  • English language arts: March 14–April 15, 2022
  • Math, science, social studies: March 28–May 6, 2022
Spring Ohio State Test results will be available to districts in the Centralized Reporting System in June.

How to Prepare Your Students for Ohio State Tests with Practice OST Tests

Here are three key ways to help prepare students for the Ohio State Tests:
  1. Give Practice with the Online Testing Environment: Integrate online tools, keyboarding, and online testing tools throughout the school year.
  2. Check Content Mastery: Work with students to ensure they understand the themes, topics, and learning standards needed to do well on the test. 
  3. OST Practice Tests: Assign practice tests so students can understand what to expect. This also helps you as the instructor identify how to best guide students.
1) Give Practice with the Online Testing Environment:
As virtual exams, Ohio State Tests require students to be familiar with digital testing technology and know how to both answer technologically-enhanced questions and navigate from one question to the next. Practice OST tests enable students to develop this familiarity — while also gaining a sense of the sort of content the Ohio State Tests will cover.
For an extra benefit: Administer practice OST tests on the same devices students will use on test day. That way, when test time comes, they’ll know the ins and outs of their device, as well as the virtual testing environment.
Practice OST tests mimic the real exam, with technology-enhanced questions that require students to do things like:
  • Drag and drop
  • Fill in tables
  • Select and de-select
  • Use dropdown menus
  • Plot points on a graph
  • And more!
Short answer and essay questions mean that students need proficient keyboarding skills. These skills take time to learn and hone, so make sure your students have ample practice in the virtual testing environment.
In addition to practice in the testing environment, giving students assessments that match the OST Tests will help you as the teacher see what students know and discover where they might need more instruction and understanding.
2) Check Content Mastery
Make sure students learn and master what they need to know for the state test! Give students quick checks and formative assessments throughout the year to see how well they’ve mastered the content and understand key concepts. The Ohio Department of Education provide additional details about what to expect on the test on the website. Released OST practice tests can give a realistic perspective on how students will do on the official exam.
3) OST Practice Tests
Practice builds stamina, comfort, and confidence for students. It helps them know what to expect when the official testing day comes around. Plus, it provides you, the instructor with insight into where students are at so the results on the official test aren’t a mystery. We’ve made practice tests access easy for you. Read on!

Ohio State Practice Tests Are Available in Edulastic

Good news: Edulastic has already uploaded practice OST test content to the Edulastic Public Library — so you can provide practice to your students in a snap! All you have to do is set up a free account, and you’ll be able to provide your students the ideal virtual environment to practice for Ohio State Tests.
The Edulastic environment imitates the look and feel of what they’ll experience on the Ohio State Tests. Along with sharpening their virtual test-taking skills, they’ll gain an extra boost of confidence as they prepare for the real exams.
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