practice

Practice and Training Tests

The practice and training tests below provide an opportunity to become familiar with the types of test questions that may appear on the CAST.

Online Practice and Training Test Portal

Direct access to the online practice and training tests is provided by clicking on the wide yellow button below. Sample assessment items are available for students in grades five and eight and high school.

How to Start an Online Training Test

Below is a quick reference guide on how to start a training test. Please read the notes below first.

  1. If you click on the yellow button above, please begin reading the guide at step 3.
  2. For step 4, please click the Green Sign-In button found at the bottom of the page.
  3. Once you have selected an answer to a question, click the green arrow titled "Next", found in the upper left corner of the page, to advance to the next question.
How to start a training test.pdf

CAST Training Item Scoring Guide

The following Training Item Scoring Guides provide sample CAST items (questions) for grades five, eight, and high school. Additionally, these scoring guides provide the answers and scoring rubrics for each item.

CAST.training-scoring-guide-gr5.2018-19.pdf
CAST.training-scoring-guide-gr8.2018-19.pdf
CAST.training-scoring-guide-hs.2018-19.pdf

CAST Practice Item Scoring Guide

The following Practice Item Scoring Guides provide a much larger number of sample CAST items (questions) for grades five, eight, and high school. Additionally, these scoring guides only provide the answers (key) to each item.

CAST practice scoring guide gr5 2018-19.pdf
CAST practice scoring guide gr8 2018-19.pdf
CAST practice scoring guide hs 2018-19.pdf