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The ABCs of Public Education includes the North Carolina Pretest—Grade 3 in reading comprehension and mathematics. The pretest is a multiple-choice test administered within the first three weeks of school to all students in grade 3. The pretest—grade 3 measures the knowledge and skills specified for grade 2 from the reading and mathematics goals and objectives of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. The pretest allows schools to establish benchmarks to compare individual and group scale scores and achievement levels with the results from the regular end-of-grade test administration to be held at the end of grade 3 in the spring. In addition, a comparison of the results from the pretest and the results from the regular spring grade 3 end-of-grade administrations allows schools to measure growth in achievement in reading comprehension and mathematics at the third-grade level for the ABCs accountability program. The pretest is not designed to make student placement or diagnostic decisions.


Prior to taking the pretest—grade 3, students should participate in the grade 3 practice activity.



Testing Window 2008-09 School Year

Pretest—Grade 3

School systems must schedule the administration of the pretest—grade 3 on consecutive days within the first three weeks of the school year.


Number of Items and Administration Time
Chart includes the number of items and administration times for the Pretest–Grade 3


Test Resources

  • Grade 3 Practice Activity
    The purpose of the North Carolina Grade 3 Practice Activity is to provide students with an opportunity to become familiar with the standardized multiple-choice testing format prior to the administration of the North Carolina Pretest–Grade 3

Curriculum Resources

Achievement Level Information
Publications regarding Achievement Levels I–IV for the Pretest–Grade 3


Assessment Briefs and Understanding Individual Student Reports
Assessment Briefs and Understanding Individual Student Reports that contain information on scale scores, achievement levels and how to interpret student score reports for the North Carolina Pretest–Grade 3


Testing Security
North Carolina Testing Code of Ethics, Testing Security Protocol and Procedures for North Carolina School Personnel publication, and the Proctor's Guide


Test Development Process
Information on the test development process for state multiple-choice tests and information for potential item writers and reviewers


State Testing Results
Multiple reports providing testing results

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