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Kansas State assessment tests sample questions
MATH
Fourth Grade
1. Which is the place value of the 5 in the numeral 8.561?
a) ones
b) tens
c) hundreds
d) thousands
2. Chris' father packed a piece of fruit in her school lunch. She
remembers that in the fruit bowl there were 2 apples and an orange.
What is the probability that Chris will have an orange in her lunch
sack?
a) one chance out of three
b) two chances out of three
c) one chance out of two
d) two chances out of two.
Seventh Grade
1. When adding integers having the same sign, what should be done?
a) Add the absolute values and keep the same sign.
b) Subtract the absolute values and keep the sign of the number
with the largest absolute value.
c) Add the numbers and ignore the sign.
d) Subtract the numbers and ignore the sign.
e) Add the numbers and take the opposite sign.
10th Grade
1. A basketball free throw has been described as follows:
From a distance of approximately 15 feet and from an average height
of 5 feet 11 inches, but perpendicular to a line painted on the surface,
a hollow sphere-shaped object having a circumference of about 30
inches and weighing approximately 21 ounces is tossed on an arc
through a circular steel hoop. The hoop is parallel to the floor surface
and has a diameter of 18 inches. It is positioned 10 feet above the
surface and attached at a right angle to a board measuring
approximately 6' by 4'. The board has an area of 24 square feet of
which the ball may bounce at an angle from 0 degrees to 180 degrees.
In words using elaborate mathematical language, write as many
sentences as you can to describe one of the following: a) a coat rack;
b) a table; c) a flag on a pole on a windy day; d) hitting a golf ball; e)
silhouette/outline of a house; f) rising and setting of the sun.
In the space below, identify the object you will describe, then provide
your detailed written mathematical description.
A) Object:
B) Description:
SCIENCE
Fourth Grade
1. Solid, liquid and gas are three phases of matter. Which would show
a gas is present?
a) Pumping up a bicycle tire
b) mixing flour and water together
c) lighting a match
d) steam escaping from a pot of boiling water
e) stretching a balloon before blowing it up.
2. Felipe did an experiment to find out if meal worms like a damp,
dark place or a warm, bright place. He found a long, narrow box. In
one end he placed a damp paper towel and covered the top with a
dark piece of paper. In the other end he placed a small light bulb. He
then placed 20 meal worms in the center of the box and watched to
see what they would do. Seventeen meal worms went to the damp,
dark side and three to the warm, bright side.
What could Felipe do to see if the results from his experiment were
accurate?
a) Repeat the same experiment several times.
b) Ask a friend to do the same experiment with earthworms.
c) Remove the dark paper cover, but leave the damp paper
towel and the light bulb and try it again.
d) Remove both the damp paper and cover, but leave the light
bulb and try again.
Eighth Grade
1. If a neutral atom loses an electron, what is the resulting charge?
a) Negative because it has more electrons than protons.
b) Negative because it has fewer electrons.
c) No charge, it is a neutral atom.
d) Positive because it has more protons than electrons.
10th Grade
1. Two researchers noted that when Weeds A and B grew next to
each other, the roots of weed A stopped growing when they entered
the root zone of weed B. Since activated charcoal is known to absorb
organic compounds, the researchers applied activated charcoal to the
soil and weed B. They noted that the roots of weed A then grew into
the root zone of weed B.
What was the hypothesis being tested by the addition of activated
charcoal to the soil?
a) Weed A absorbs activated charcoal which enhanced root
growth for weed A.
b) Weed B grows best in soil that contains fewer organic
compounds.
c) Weed A is attracted to soil that contains activated charcoal.
d) Weed B produced an organic compound that inhibited root
growth by weed A.
As posted on 12/17/97 on Wichita online
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