NYS ELA Test Prep Page

Click HERE to access the NYS ELA Grade 8 Computer-Based Testing Samplers (#1-3)

2018 - GRADE 8 - NYS ELA TEST FORMAT

Texts will range from 900-1000 words.

100% of points earned will require “close reading”

40% of points earned will require “writing and command of language”

Key Ideas & Details – 60%, Craft & Structure – 40%, Integration of Knowledge & Ideas 40%

Day 1 (Anticipated to take 90 Minutes)
Book 1: 5 Passages, 35 Multiple Choice Questions

Day 2(Anticipated to take 90 Minutes)
Book 2 – Writing: 3 Passages, 7 Short Responses, 1 Extended Response


Total # of Literary Passages: 3-5
Total # of Informational Passages: 3-5


Multiple Choice Strategies (Day 1, 35 Total MC Questions)
- Read the questions first!
- Use the digital highlighting feature to highlight key details in the passage(s) as you read. You may also want to use the “line reader” feature, which allows you to focus your eyes on just one line of the passage at a time.
- Use the “Notes” feature to record information/notes in the pop-up box as you read.
- Read all the answer choices before making a decision.
- Use the Answer Eliminator feature to eliminate obvious wrong answers.
  • *Some answers will be “plausible, text-based distractors.”
    Don’t fall for them! Your job isn’t to choose a good answer – it is to choose the BEST answer for each question.
- Re-read the passage(s), or parts of the passage(s), when necessary.
- Never rely on your memory of the passage – always go back to the text to “prove” to yourself that you’re choosing the best answer.
- If you wish to skip a question and return to it later, use the “bookmark” feature. This will keep track of any items you want to come back to.

Short Response Strategies(Day 2 – 7 Total Short Responses)

- Read the questions first!
- Use the digital highlighting feature to highlight key details in the passage(s) as you read. You may also want to use the “line reader” feature, which allows you to focus your eyes on just one line of the passage at a time.
- Use the “Notes” feature to record information/notes in the pop-up box as you read.
- Use our modified C.U.C.C. strategy to break down the task(s).

-C Instead of “circling the ‘do’ words (verbs), make each verb a bullet in your

notes box.

-U Instead of “underlining key word/phrases that go with each verb,” record

the important words/phrases next to the corresponding verbs you bulleted.

-C Instead of “counting the number of tasks” – number them in your bulleted

list.

-C After using the HIDDEN strategy to write your response, be sure to check

your work by re-reading each of your bulleted tasks. Have an honest

conversation with yourself about whether or not you have fully completed each

task.
- Re-read the passage(s), or parts of the passage(s) if necessary.

Extended Response Strategies (Day 2 – 1 Total Extended Response)

- Read the questions first!
- Use the digital highlighting feature to highlight key details in the passage(s) as you read. You may also want to use the “line reader” feature, which allows you to focus your eyes on just one line of the passage at a time.
- Use the “Notes” feature to record information/notes in the pop-up box as you read.
- Use our modified C.U.C.C. to break down the task(s) and determine how many paragraphs you need. If the question has bullets, use them to help you figure out the task(s), but be sure to consider the whole question (bulleted and non-bulleted portions).
- PLAN your response(s) using the Essay Map. You will have scrap paper.
- Use HIDDEN to construct your response:
  • Your first paragraph should contain a HOOK and an INTRODUCTORY CLAIM (restate).
  • Your body paragraph(s) should contain text-based DETAILS, DIRECT QUOTES, and EXPLANATIONS that connect your details to your point/claim. You need at least two direct quotes to support your response.
  • Your final paragraph should bring your response to an obvious closing by delivering a NAIL to drive your point(s) home (return to your point in a fresh way) and also sharing a NEW UNDERSTANDING, or leaving the reader with something new to think about (what should your reader now understand as a result of reading your response?).
- Re-read the passage(s), or parts of the passage(s) if necessary.

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"C.U.C.C."

Here is a building-wide strategy for approaching tests (for any subject):


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"H.I.D.D.E.N."

Here is a strategy for both short- and extended-response writing tasks:



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Essay Map
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