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Item samplers provide students the opportunity to apply what they learn from the online student tutorial in a practice setting. These item samplers are aligned to the Minnesota Academic Standards but contain fewer items than an actual full-length test. They are provided to help students and teachers become familiar with the test, but they are not practice tests and are not suitable for predicting how students will perform on the assessment.

Accessing Online Item Samplers

There are two ways to access online item samplers. The first is through the Item Samplers page on PearsonAccess Next, and the second is through the Training Center.

How item samplers are accessed will depend on the type of preparation needed. The table below lists differences in the item samplers based on how they are accessed. Regardless of which way the item samplers are accessed, students will have the opportunity to practice navigating, answering items, and using tools. Accessing item samplers through the Training Center also allows teachers to practice test administration and students to practice signing in to a test using a testing ticket.

Training Center Item Samplers Page on PearsonAccess Next
Test Monitors are required to create a test session and add students. Test sessions are not required.
Students accessing item samplers on tablets and Chromebooks can only access them using the TestNav app. As a result, they are able to access score reports but unable to print them. Students accessing item samplers on tablets and Chromebooks can only access them using browser-based TestNav. Since they are not using the TestNav app, they are able to print score reports.
A username and password provided on student testing tickets are required to access the item sampler. Students only enter their names to access the item sampler.
Student taking item samplers on Internet Explorer do not receive score reports. (Students using other browsers will receive score reports.) All students will receive score reports upon completion.

Reading MCA

A Reading MCA item sampler for each grade is available for you to use to become familiar with format and item types.

Mathematics MCA

A Mathematics MCA item sampler for each grade is available for you to use to become familiar with format and item types.

Science MCA

A Science MCA item sampler for each grade is available for you to use to become familiar with format and item types.

MTAS

MTAS item samplers for each grade and subject are available for you to use to become familiar with the format of the test.