Free Printable 3rd Grade STAAR Practice Tests-Math and Reading

3rd Grade STAAR Practice Tests

In Texas, public and charter school students are annually assessed with the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) beginning in 3rd grade.

Since STAAR testing is new to 3rd grade students, you may have a lot of questions about test structure, test content, and the best way to prepare.

In this article, we’ll attempt to answer all of your questions, in addition to providing 3rd grade STAAR practice tests in both Math and Reading. Please click the button below to get a practice test, plus you will receive a bonus PDF "5 Top Tips to Use Practice Tests Effectively" to help your child study for the test.

We hope that the information here will help you and your third grader feel confident and prepared heading into STAAR testing.

3rd Grade STAAR Test Basics

The STAAR program was originally implemented during the 2011-2012 school year. The assessments are based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards.

More specifically, the tests for each grade level and content area are designed to assess readiness standards, which are the TEKS standards identified as most essential for that particular subject and grade.

3rd grade readiness standards are selected for being essential to success in 3rd grade, as well as key to preparedness for 4th grade.

All STAAR exams, including 3rd grade Math and Reading, have a four-hour time limit. These tests are administered in paper-pencil format.

Although there are also STAAR assessments in Writing, Science, and Social Studies, 3rd grade students only take STAAR Math and Reading.

STAAR Math 3rd Grade

The STAAR Math test for 3rd grade students features four “reporting categories,” or major skill areas for which students will be assessed.

These four categories are:

  • Numerical Representations and Relationships

  • Computation and Algebraic Relationships

  • Geometry and Measurement

  • Data Analysis and Personal Financial Literacy
  • Third grade students are not allowed to use a calculator, and a calculator is not required to solve third grade level math problems.

    This test consists of 29 multiple choice and 3 griddable questions, for a total of 32 questions. As with all STAAR tests, students are allowed to take up to four hours to complete the assessment.

    Below, we’ll take a closer look at each of the four reporting categories for STAAR Math 3rd grade.

    Numerical Representations and Relationships

    Questions in this category require students to demonstrate an understanding of how to represent and manipulate numbers and expressions.

    Third grade students should be able to:

  • Compose and decompose numbers up to 100,000 (ex: as a sum of so many ten thousands, thousands, hundreds, and tens using objects, pictorial models, etc.)

  • 3rd Grade STAAR  - Decomposing Numbers sample question

    3rd Grade STAAR  - Decomposing Numbers sample question

  • Describe the mathematical relationships found in the base-10 place value system through the hundred thousands’ place

  • Represent a number on a number line

  • Round whole numbers

  • Compare and order whole numbers up to 100,000 and represent comparisons using the symbols >, =, or <

  • Represent fractions using pictorial models

  • 3rd Grade STAAR - Pictorial Model Fraction sample question

    3rd Grade STAAR - Pictorial Model Fraction sample question

  • Given a specified point on a number line, determine the corresponding fraction

  • Compose and decompose a fraction a/b with a numerator greater than zero and less than or equal to b as a sum of parts 1/b

  • Represent equivalent fractions using pictorial models and number lines

  • Determine if a number is even or odd using divisibility rules

  • 3rd Grade STAAR - Even and Odd sample question

    3rd Grade STAAR - Even and Odd sample question

  • Represent fractions of halves, fourths, and eighths as distances from zero on a number line
  • In this category (Numerical Representations and Relationships), there are 8 questions on the STAAR Math 3rd grade assessment.

    Computation and Algebraic Relationships

    This category assesses the ability to perform operations and represent algebraic relationships.

    While required skills are different for each grade level, third grade students should be able to:

  • Solve one-step and two-step problems involving addition and subtraction within 1000

  • Round to the nearest 10 or 100 or use compatible numbers to estimate solutions to addition and subtraction problems

  • Determine the total number of objects when equally sized groups of objects are combined or arranged in arrays up to 10 by 10

  • Represent multiplication facts using a variety of approaches

  •  Multiplication Methods 3rd Grade STAAR sample question

     Multiplication Methods 3rd Grade STAAR sample question

  • Recall facts to multiply up to 10 by 10 with automaticity and recall the corresponding division facts

  • Use strategies and algorithms to multiply a one-digit number by a two-digit number

  • Determine the number of objects in each group when a set of objects is shared equally

  •  Number of Objects in Group 3rd Grade STAAR sample question

     Number of Objects in Group 3rd Grade STAAR sample question

  • Determine a quotient using the relationship between multiplication and division

  • Solve one-step and two-step problems involving multiplication and division within 100 using a variety of strategies

  • Represent one-step and two-step problems involving addition and subtraction to 1000 using pictorial models, number lines, and equations

  • Represent and solve one-step and two-step multiplication and division problems within 100 using arrays, strip diagrams, and equations

  • Describe a multiplication problem as a comparison (Example: 5x15 represents 5 times as much as 15)

  • Determine the unknown whole number in a multiplication or division equation relating three whole numbers when the unknown is either a missing factor or product

  • 3rd Grade STAAR example: Missing Number sample question

    3rd Grade STAAR example: Missing Number sample question

    There are 13 questions regarding Computation and Algebraic Relationships on the STAAR Math 3rd grade test.

    Geometry and Measurement

    This skill category measures the ability to represent and apply geometry and measurement concepts.

    By third grade, students should be able to demonstrate the following skills:

  • Classify and sort two-and three-dimensional figures using formal geometric language

  • Use attributes to recognize and draw quadrilaterals

  • 3rd Grade STAAR example question- Quadrilaterals sample

    3rd Grade STAAR example question- Quadrilaterals sample

  • Determine the area of rectangles using a variety of methods

  • Determine the perimeter of a polygon or a missing length when perimeter is provided

  • Solve problems involving the addition and subtraction of time intervals in minutes

  • Determine when it is appropriate to use measurements of liquid volume or weight

  • 3rd Grade STAAR example question - Weight sample

    3rd Grade STAAR example question - Weight sample

  • Determine liquid volume or weight using appropriate units and tools
  • In total, your child will be asked 7 Geometry and Measurement questions on STAAR Math 3rd grade.

    Data Analysis and Personal Financial Literacy

    In this category, students are assessed on the ability to represent and analyze and data and describe and apply personal financial concepts.

    For third grade students, this means demonstrating the following skills:

  • Determine the value of a collection of coins and bills

  • Summarize a data set with multiple categories using a frequency table, dot plot, pictograph, or bar graph with scaled intervals

  • 3rd Grade STAAR example question - Frequency Table sample

    3rd Grade STAAR example question - Frequency Table sample

  • Solve one- and two-step problems using categorical data

  • Explain the connection between human capital/labor and income

  • Describe the relationship between availability/scarcity of resources and cost

  • 3rd Grade STAAR example question- Labor and Income sample

    3rd Grade STAAR example question- Labor and Income sample

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of credit

  • List reasons to save and explain the benefit of a savings plan, including for college
  • There are 4 Data Analysis and Personal Financial Literacy questions on this assessment.

    If you feel your child could use additional 3rd grade STAAR math practice, reviewing the 3rd grade STAAR practice tests with your child can be extremely effective.

    STAAR Reading 3rd Grade

    The STAAR Reading test for 3rd grade students includes a total of 34 multiple choice questions. Like STAAR Math, it is paper-pencil and has a four-hour time limit.

    The Reading assessment is divided into three reporting categories:

  • Understanding Across Genres

  • Understanding/Analysis of Literary Texts

  • Understanding/Analysis of Informational Texts
  • In the next few sections, we’ll take a closer look at the skills that will be assessed in each category.

    Understanding Across Genres

    Your child is expected to understand texts from a variety of genres.

    To demonstrate this ability, third grade students should be able to identify the meaning of common prefixes, use context to determine the meaning of unknown words, and identify and use antonyms, synonyms, homographs, and homophones.

     - Vocabulary sample -3rd Grade STAAR example question

     - Vocabulary sample -3rd Grade STAAR example question

    There are only five questions that fall into this category.

    Understanding/Analysis of Literary Texts

    As with most reading tests, your child will read grade-level appropriate literary passages and answer questions demonstrating an ability to understand and analyze texts.

    Questions may focus on the following skills:

  • Paraphrase themes and supporting details
  •  STAAR Grade 3 Theme sample question

     STAAR Grade 3 Theme sample question

  • Locate facts within a text and provide evidence to support responses

  • Describe the characteristics of various forms of poetry and how they create imagery

  • Sequence and summarize a plot’s main events and predict how they’ll influence future events

  • Determine author’s purpose for including specific details or information
  •  STAAR Grade 3-  Author’s Purpose sample

     STAAR Grade 3-  Author’s Purpose sample

  • Describe relationships between characters and how characters change

  • Make inferences and draw conclusions based on information in the text, using textual evidence to support understanding
  • The STAAR Reading 3rd grade assessment includes 15 questions within this category.

    Understanding/Analysis of Informational Texts

    These questions are very similar to questions from the previous category, except now students must understand and analyze informational texts.

    Additional skills needed in this category include:

  • Identify main idea and supporting details

  • Identify cause and effect relationships between ideas in the texts
  •  STAAR Grade 3- Cause and Effect sample

     STAAR Grade 3- Cause and Effect sample

  • Use text features (such as bold print, captions, and key words) to locate information and make and verify predictions about the text

  • Locate and use information in graphic features of the text

  • Summarize the text, maintaining meaning and logical order
  •  STAAR Grade 3- Summary sample

     STAAR Grade 3- Summary sample

    Your child will answer 14 questions in this category on the test.

    For students who need more 3rd grade STAAR Reading practice, we highly recommend using the available 3rd grade STAAR practice tests to get started.

    How to Prepare for 3rd Grade STAAR Tests

    Since STAAR tests are based on the curriculum that your child studies throughout the school year (TEKS), remind your child to pay attention in classes, complete classwork and homework, take notes, etc.

    If your child seems to be struggling in Reading or Math, it may be a good idea to ask the teacher for additional help or consider hiring a tutor.

    However, one of the best ways to prepare for any standardized test is by answering sample questions and completing practice tests. In this case, the 3rd grade STAAR practice tests are the perfect resource to help your child build confidence and familiarity with test content.

    As you go over practice tests, be sure to discuss why right answers are correct and wrong answers are incorrect. Consistently praise and encourage your child, and keep practice sessions light and engaging.

    Using these strategies should help your child feel comfortable and confident enough to ace the 3rd grade STAAR tests!