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Item samplers are one type of student resource provided to help students and educators prepare for test administration. While standardized tests are familiar to almost all students, each assessment has its own layout and ways students interact with it. The item samplers should be used to familiarize students and educators with how the content is assessed by providing examples of the format and items students could encounter.

Purpose of Student Resources

Read frequently asked questions and more information about using item samplers and student tutorials to prepare for test administration.

Accessing Online Item Samplers

Before you start, check that your computer, laptop, or tablet will work. Minnesota assessments work with many devices and browsers, but not all. Find out the technology guidelines here.

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