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Wisconsin Forward Exam Practice Test and Sample Items

Online Tools Training

The Wisconsin Online Tools Training (OTT) provides a hands-on preview of the item types included in the Wisconsin Forward Exam. In the OTT environment, students will practice signing on, selecting a test session, responding to different item types, using the many tools available in the testing system, and navigating the review screen. The OTT is not scored. The OTT is not for content practice or to see how well students will perform on the Forward Exam.

The OTT will not work if you are using Internet Explorer.  Please use a chrome browser to access the OTT.

Student Tutorials

A series of chaptered videos:

  • broken out by grade
  • Introduces students to the online tools and item types available during testing
  • Provide students with an overview of the testing process
  • All students should have the opportunity to view the student tutorials.

Click on yellow link at bottom of page "DRC INSIGHT Online Assessment Tutorials"

Administrator Tutorials

A series of short video tutorials focusing on eDIRECT functions including:

  • Assigning and using student accessibility features
  • Student transfers (district-to-district and school-to-school)
  • Managing test sessions and test tickets
  • Adding users in eDIRECT
  • Non-testing Codes (NTCs) – assigning and viewing
  • Monitoring test progress

Click on yellow link at bottom of page "DRC INSIGHT Online Assessment Tutorials"

Text Dependent Analysis (TDA) – Writing Prompt – Sampler

The following grade band documents contain samples of TDA test questions, stimulus passages, and student responses. The TDA portion of the Forward Exam requires students to read the text (passage or passages) and then respond in writing to a prompt in one of several ways:

  • identifying and explaining a theme or central idea, using textual evidence to support the claim about what that theme or central idea is,
  • and analyzing the development of an event, character, central ideas, or theme, using textual evidence to support the explanation and analysis.

TDA Samplers


Text Dependent Analysis (TDA) Sampler - Grades 3 & 4

Text Dependent Analysis (TDA) Sampler - Grades 5 & 6

Text Dependent Analysis (TDA) Sampler - Grades 7 & 8 

Students may perform better and with less anxiety if they are familiar with the format of the test and with the types of questions they will be required to answer. However, please note that test preparation is only useful to the extent that it is also teaching content area knowledge and skills. Therefore, the use of test preparation resources is of limited value to students due to the narrow opportunity for content learning. It is very important to ensure that teachers are teaching to the curriculum and not to the test, as teaching to the test narrows the focus of instruction to only that content covered by the test.


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