About the Sample Tests

The following sample tests are available:

  • Grade 3 Writing, Reading and Math
  • Grade 4 Writing, Reading and Math
  • Grade 5 Writing, Reading and Math
  • Grade 6 Writing, Reading and Math
  • Grade 7 Writing, Reading and Math
  • Grade 8 Writing, Reading and Math
  • EOC Grade 9 Writing and Reading
  • EOC Grade 10 Writing and Reading
  • EOC Grade 11 Writing and Reading
  • EOC Algebra I
  • EOC Geometry
  • EOC Algebra II
AzMERIT tests have a new feature called Paginated Stimuli which allows students to view passages using page-turning navigation rather than a vertical scroll bar. Currently, this feature is not working correctly for Chrome users. While AIR continues to work with Google to resolve this issue, the Paginated Stimuli must be turned off for students who are accessing the Sample Tests under either of the conditions stated below.

  1. Accessing a Sample Test as a guest when using Google Chrome (55+) as the browser –
    The Paginated Stimuli feature can be turned off on the Choose Settings page when logging in as a guest
  2. Accessing a Sample Test via the Secure Browser when using a Chromebook –
    The Paginated Stimuli feature can be turned off by the Test Administrator on the Test Settings page as part of the student approval process

The Paginated Stimuli works as designed when accessing the Sample Tests using Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari.

The purpose of the AzMERIT Sample Tests is to familiarize students, teachers, and parents with content, item types, and the user interface of the AzMERIT assessments. These sample tests are approximately one half-length of the operational test, match the test blueprint, and include the same item types. Answer keys are provided in ancillary “Guide to the Sample Test” documents.

Each content test will contain items aligned to the indicated content area and grade. The AzMERIT ELA sample test has a Writing session that will provide students with an example stimulus, prompt, and response mechanism.

The sample tests do not include an item for each of the aligned Arizona Academic Standards that will be measured by the operational assessments. The training tests will NOT provide scores for students and should NOT be used to measure students’ content knowledge. The tests are not predictive of AzMERIT summative performance, but do provide an opportunity to respond to similar types of items in about half the time as the summative test. Additionally, the sample tests provide an item response key so teachers can review items with students.

The sample tests are available in the computer-based format and are not available for paper printing.

About the Training Sites

The purpose of the AzMERIT Training Sites is to familiarize students and teachers with the design, format, and procedures for answering different types of items that will be included in the AzMERIT assessments. Administering the samples tests via the secure browser in the training sites allows schools to review the practices for starting, pausing, and submitting tests successfully while simulating the administration of the live operational sessions.

These tests are aligned to the Arizona K12 Academic Standards according to their individual grade and content level and represent both the variety in difficulty and item format that students may see on the AzMERIT assessments. Schools are encouraged to have students take the appropriate sample test prior to the administration of AzMERIT; however, each LEA/school may decide how it wants to use the sample tests in the training sites with its students.

Questions on how to access or use the new sample tests may be directed to the AzMERIT inbox at AzMERIT@azed.gov.