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

/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**:

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.)

**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**

**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

**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

**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**

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

**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

**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

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**

**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**

**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

**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**

**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**:

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**.

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**

**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

**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

**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

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!