Performance Based Assessment Practice Test (Geometry)

The incredibly broad topic base of a geometry class makes full-length practice tests like this one, especially ones that include a number of open response questions, invaluable.  Here the class can really get that hands-on experience wrestling with the open-ended response problems, along with spiraling in old and rusty concepts. Whether it's given as a whole in a test-prep setting, or broken up into concept-based lessons or warm-ups, these extensive problems do a great job of helping keep your material focused and aligned with assessment.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use problems as exit tickets or warm-ups to keep the class familiar with the format and language of end-of-year testing (and with older material)
  • Great for familiarizing your students with question formatting as testing approaches
  • Use as speed drills to increase problem-solving abilities under pressure
  • Follow open-ended responses with a presentation on different responses / scores vs. rubric to maximize score potential
Classroom Considerations

  • Non-calculator vs. calculator sections could easily become mixed up
  • Some instructions are PARCC-specific, if using as practice in a district that uses a different test 
  • Answer keys and rubrics not included in assessment, but links listed to those and other resources (Spanish language practice test, online practice test, etc.) in Included Materials List
Pros

  • Valuable released-item practice for instructional support
  • Clear open response rubrics to help students understand grading expectations (in included materials)
Cons

  • No leveled examples for open response problems