High School Algebra I
The STAAR® Algebra I test covers all of the concepts listed in the Algebra I curriculum for public schools in the state of Texas. Basic topic areas covered are algebraic methods, linear equations, functions, quadratic equations and functions, and exponential equations and functions. As you answer the questions, you will also be assessed on process skills you use to solve the problems, but you will not receive a separate score for this. Most of the 54 questions are in multiple-choice format, but you’ll need to actually find and write (“grid in”) the answer for five of them.
High School Biology
This high school STAAR® Biology test is loaded with visual input, both within questions and as answer choices. These graphics include charts, diagrams, and graphs. Topics covered include cells, genetics, evolution, classification, biological processes and systems, and environmental systems. Questions also assess your facility with scientific processes, but you will not receive a separate score for this. A certain amount of critical thinking, problem-solving, and scientific reasoning will also be required for success on the STAAR® Biology test.
High School English II: Reading
The STAAR® high school English II Reading test questions are about passages and pairs of passages that are on a higher reading level than those for the English I test. Like that test, this one also asks you to compare two passages as well as analyze each passage separately. The content of the reading selections may be less familiar to you than those from last year’s test and these questions ask you to delve more deeply into text relationships and meaning. The vocabulary used in these selections may also be more challenging. There are 34 reading-related questions of the total 52 English II test questions. The remainder of the questions on the English II test are about writing and we have separate practice materials for help with that.
High School English II: Writing
Eighteen of the STAAR® English II test questions are related to the analysis and correction of another person’s writing. You will also need to write a composition for the English II test, but these questions are in addition to that task. Questions may ask you to correct grammatical errors, suggest a better word or phrasing option, or restructure the piece by moving a sentence. You’ll need to know the best transitional words to use for various circumstances and the correct punctuation within and at the end of a sentence. Like the English II Reading selections, these passages may be more involved than the writing selections on the English I test. But, unlike the reading questions on this test, these are all about the writing process, so we’ve divided our practice materials for maximum support. We also have a study guide to help you prepare for the composition portion of this test.
High School English I: Reading
Our test prep for the STAAR® High School English I test is divided into two parts: reading and writing. Of the 52 questions on the STAAR® English I test, 34 of them assess your reading ability and our materials will prepare you specifically for the reading questions on the test. The questions don’t just cover basic comprehension, but may require you to really analyze one or two passages, separately and as compared to each other. There will be at least seven or eight questions about each passage with additional questions about the paired passages. The reading selections are from both fiction and nonfiction genres and you’ll need to be able to digest written material that is more difficult than that you remember from your eighth grade reading tests.
High School English I: Writing
Part of the STAAR® English I test involves your writing skill. While there is a one-question composition section as part of the test, the other writing questions do not require you to write anything. These 18 questions will ask you to suggest revisions and edits for writing done by another person. The tasks of evaluating the overall organization of the passage, the use of language, the writer’s grammar, and the use of literary devices are commonly directed by STAAR® Writing test questions. Writing selections have been specifically written for the exam and are on a high school English I reading level. Since the writing questions require a different set of skills than the reading ones, we have divided our practice materials into those two separate areas. We also offer a study guide only for composition with tips and tricks for that part of the test.
High School U.S. History
The STAAR® test contains a total of 68 multiple-choice questions and covers the areas of study listed in the state of Texas high school U.S. History curriculum. These include knowledge of important historical events, the reasons for them, and their results. Questions focus on the ability to analyze the meaning of these events and understand terms associated with them. You’ll also need to analyze a number of visuals, such as political cartoons, maps, and quotations and match them to the appropriate era in U.S. history. A basic familiarity with important historical documents is also required.
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