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Forward Exam Practice Test and Sample Items

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.

Forward Exam Online Tools Training (OTT)

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The OTT provides students with hands-on practice logging in, selecting a test session, responding to different item types, and using the tools available in the testing system. The OTT is not scored and is not for content practice or to see how well students will perform on the Forward Exam.  (must be accessed with a chrome browser, unless using an iPad then the Safari browser must be used) 

NOTE: If you have to choose one practice option (OTT vs. Sampler) due to time constraints, please use the OTT with your students. The OTT allows students to practice all item types where the sampler does not. As curriculum should be tied to the Wisconsin State Standards, content practice (sampler) is not a necessity.   

Forward Exam Item Samplers

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Online Item Sampler - All grades/content areas

Students work in an online system of the same format as the Forward Exam. (Must be accessed with a chrome browser unless using an iPad then a safari browser must be used.)

Quick Guide to the Item Sampler 

Braille Item Samplers - Orders for a braille version of the Item Samplers must be placed by a District Assessment Coordinator (DAC) by contacting the DRC helpdesk at 800.459.6530. If you need assistance identifying your DAC, refer to the DAC contact list. Once an order is placed, materials will be shipped to the district office to the attention of the DAC.
PDF Item Samplers - Printable version  

Text-Dependent Analysis (TDA) Samplers

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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. Students must identify and explain a theme or central idea using textual evidence to support the claim about what that theme or central idea is, and analyze the development of an event, character, central ideas, or theme using textual evidence to support the explanation and analysis.

TDA Samplers