FCAT 2.0 Reading 6-8 READING TEST DESIGN & TIPS FOR SUCCESS FCAT 2.0 TEST DATE Grade 6 - 8 April 18th – May 7th Items, Duration, & Test Type Multiple Choice Items Only Two 70-minute sessions over two days Computer Based Test for All Grades All Grade Levels Number of Words Per Passage 6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade 200 - 1100 Words 300 – 1100 Words 300 – 1200 Words Types of Reading Passages Grade Literary Text Informational Text 6th 50% 50% 7th 40% 60% 8th 40% 60% Percentage of Points by Cognitive Complexity Level Grade Low Moderate High 6 15-25% 50-70% 15-25% 7 15-25% 50-70% 15-25% 8 10-20% 50-70% 20-30% Content Category Grade Vocabulary Reading Application Literary Analysis Fiction & Nonfiction Informational Text Research Process 6th 15-25% 25-35% 25-35% 15-25% 7th 15-25% 25-35% 25-35% 15-25% 8th 15-25% 20-30% 20-30% 25-35% HOW TO HELP IMPROVE YOUR CHILD’S FCAT TEST PERFORMANCE? READ MORE AT HOME Read at least 45 minutes daily Incorporate more nonfiction selections Use Sunshine State Young Readers Awards Site for Annotated Book Lists, Activities and Resources. http://myssyra.org Try books on CD Read newspapers and magazines SAMPLE TEST MATERIALS The FCAT 2.0, like the FCAT, is intended to measure student mastery of Florida’s educational standards. Students who have been actively engaged in the learning process in Florida’s public schools should be well prepared for success on the FCAT 2.0 without the need for special coaching or intensive instruction in testtaking strategies. To help students, parents, and educators understand what the FCAT 2.0 test items will look like, the Department provides FCAT 2.0 Sample Test Materials online for public review. http://fcat.fldoe.org/fcat2/fcatitem.asp FCAT Explorer www.fcatexplorer.com Use FCAT Explorer for practice reading FCAT type passages and answering FCAT type questions. Ask student’s Reading or Language Arts Teacher for Log In Information. You can also call the help desk for information at 1-888-750-3228. Check Your Childs Progress on Accelerated Reader Home Connect Log on to the Pines Charter homepage. Click on Online Tools Click Accelerated Reader Click A/R Home Connect Students have log in information Sign Up for FCAT Reading Camp Session 2 starts in January Registration forms can be picked up in the office.