Item Samplers

Item samplers are provided to help teachers and students become familiar with the format and type of content included in the accountability assessments. Item samplers contain fewer items than an actual full-length test and are aligned to the Minnesota Academic Standards. They are NOT suitable for predicting how students will perform on the accountability assessments.

Item samplers, along with other resources for teachers and parents, can be found on the PearsonAccess Next website, including:

  • Reading, Mathematics, and Science Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) online item samplers.
  • Reading, Mathematics, and Science MCA paper accommodation item samplers.
  • Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) item samplers.

Paper accommodation item samplers include regular print item samplers (Reading and Mathematics MCA only), large-print item samplers, and mathematics and science item sampler scripts. Braille item samplers are available to order.

Go to PearsonAccess Next for more information on item samplers.

Online student tutorials are also available for all MCA online assessments. They provide students with information on how to use online tools, navigate through the online tests, and answer different item types. Online student tutorials are available on the Student Resources section of PearsonAccess.

Go to PearsonAccess Next for more information on online student tutorials.