WESTEST 2 Practice Test Review

The West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) is one of the components of the West Virginia Measures Academic Progress exam (WV-MAP). It is an assessment that measures student achievement from content and skills that are identified within the West Virginia Content Standards and Objectives. It tests in the areas of reading/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. All West Virginia students in grades 3 through 11 are to take the exam sometime in the months of March, April, and May. This includes home instructed students who must make accommodations with their local school board to take the tests. Each test is untimed.

In one portion of the Reading and Language Arts Test, students log in to a secure website, are given a randomly selected passage, and write a composition in response to the passage. Each composition is scored electronically based on the West Virginia Writing Rubric. Five analytic writing traits are analyzed: organization, development, sentence structure, word choice/grammar usage, and mechanics. Each trait is worth a total of 6 points; the highest score possible is 30 points. In the next portion that is conducted in May of every school year, the session measures reading comprehension as well as writing strategies and skills in a multiple-choice format.

In the social studies test, students are expected to demonstrate critical thinking in reaching valid conclusions after being given real-world scenarios. All students are to demonstrate conceptual understanding in the areas of citizenship, civics/government, economics, geography, and history. In addition, some test items address issues of ethical behavior, global awareness, and civic participation. Students are given graphic organizers to assist when given complex concepts.

The science test asks both multiple-choice and gridded questions to measure understanding in the areas of the nature of science, the content of science, and the application of science (in grades 3-8). The tests for high school students in grades 9-11 measures skills in the nature and application of science as well as content of science.

In the mathematics test, students in grades 3-8 are measured in content standards of numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis. The tests in grades 9-11 measure algebra, geometry, and some trigonometry. The grade 11 test was designed to align closely with the ACT standardized test and can be considered a valid measure of college readiness.

On all sections of the WESTEST 2, students should make an attempt to answer every question. There is no penalty for incorrect answers. It is okay for test takers to skip more difficult questions, but they should be sure to allow enough time at the end of the testing period to enter an answer for each question. For the mathematics and science sections, which contain gridded-response questions, test takers are given clear instructions to write the answers in the boxes above the grid. The grid provided can only accommodate positive numbers and zero. For those in grades 6-11, answers can contain a decimal point or a slash; for those in grades 3-5, no symbols are needed in the gridded response items. For some tests, formula sheets or arithmetic tables may be provided (though this is not the case for all tests). Students will be given scratch paper for every test (which must be collected and destroyed following the completion of each test). The use of calculators is not allowed.

Within each test, results will be given with one of the following performance levels: distinguished, above mastery, mastery, partial mastery, and novice. A test taker's scaled score in each test is used to determine the final performance level. Student performance is compared to pre-established academic standards determined by the state of West Virginia and not to a national sample population of students. The mathematics and reading and language arts exams can be used to determine if students have mastered the skills required for entry-level college courses. Those who are in grade 11 and do not meet the College Readiness Index in mathematics are required to take a college transition mathematics course when they enter grade 12.

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Last Updated: 03/01/2017


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