MCA - Testing information - 2019

MCA Reading - 10th Grade
  • Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019  (Make up the following week, all testing finished by May 3rd)
    • AM 8:30 in the 4th floor Arrowhead area and room 416
    • Students report to testing area
    • Test will be on the students' Chromebooks
    • Test is 8-10 passages with 69 questions.
    • Estimated time is 2-3 hours to take the assessment
    • Breaks are allowed (encouraged by the testing proctors)
    • Test may be suspended and finished on a following day
    • No time limits
MCA Math - 11th Grade
  • Wednesday, April 24th, 2019  (Make up testing the following week, all testing finished by May 3rd)
    • AM - 8:30 in 4th floor Arrowhead Stage Area and Room 416
    • Students report to testing area
    • Calculators are allowed, school will provide, if needed
    • Scratch paper and pencils are allowed
    • Test will be on the students' Chromebooks
    • 55 questions
    • Estimated time for the test is 1.5 - 2.5 hours to complete the test, no time limit
    • Breaks are allowed (and encouraged)
    • Test may be suspended and finished on a following day
MCA Science - All 9th, 10th and 11th graders that haven't tested in high school science before
  • Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 Group 1 
  • Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 Group 2
  • Make up testing the later part of the week, all testing finished by May 10th
    • AM - 8:30 in 4th floor Arrowhead Stage Area and Room 416
    • Students report to testing area
    • Calculators are allowed, school will provide, if needed
    • Scratch paper and pencils are allowed
    • Test will be on the students' Chromebooks
MCA Make-up - ALL GRADES
    • Arranged as need - See the office 

MCA FAQs:

Do I have to take it?  Why?

- Yes.  The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) is the only academic assessment that the state uses to evaluate the effectiveness of schools. The tests do not only measure proficiency but also use prior test scores to measure growth over time.

Is the test timed?
- No, the test is not timed.  You can take as long as you need to complete the test.

Can the test be spread over more than one day?
- Yes.  Definitely yes.  If the student is fading, getting bored, lost, sick it is usually better to stop the test and pick it up the next session.

Do exchange students have to take the test?
- No.  The student could take the assessment and the test will be scored, but it will not be included the school's results.

Can the student leave as soon as they are done with the test?
- No.  The student can read a paper book or work quietly on other pencil and paper work.

Snacks?  Breaks?
- Yes, there will be some snacks and the students can take breaks.  We will be encouraging students to take a break or two during testing.

Headphones?
- yes for the math test, the questions can be read to the student.  The students are welcome to use their own headphones and the school has some truly old-school headphones.
Headphones are not allowed on the reading test.

Do students get to find out how they did?
- Yes.  Upon completion of the test the results are reported to the school within an hour or two, depending on how busy the testing servers are.

Can I practice?
- There are some item samplers and very short tutorials on how the test works. The item samplers are not really practice tests, they just give you an idea of how the test looks.
     - Student Testing Tutorial Page
     - Math Item Sampler
     - Reading Item Sampler
    
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