The 2020 Grades 3–8 English Language Arts Tests will focus entirely on the Learning Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy for each grade.

All questions will be based on close reading of informational and literary texts, including paired texts. All texts will be drawn from authentic, grade-level works that are worthwhile to read. The length of the texts on the 2020 Grades 3–8 English Language Arts Tests will typically be:

  • Grade 6 750–850 words
  • Grade 7 800–900 words
  • Grade 8 900–1000 words

Reading and Language Standards will be assessed using multiple-choice questions.

Short-response (2-point) questions will primarily assess reading, but will also require writing and command of language. Extended response (4-point) questions will primarily assess Writing from Sources, whereby student responses will be rated on the degree to which they can communicate a clear and coherent analysis of one or two texts.