NYS ELA Assessment

  • The NYS English Language Arts test is given to all students in grades 3-8.  This test is used to assess student development in reading, writing and listening.  The test is taken over a three day period in grade 6.  It is a tool used to measure students, English Language Art skills.  Every student in grade 6 must take this test.  It is required by the NYS Education Department.  The good news is that the best way to prepare for a test of this type is to read, read, read, and read some more.


    Tentative Test Information 2010





    Wednesday, May 4, 2011

    Periods 1-3

        (70 min.)

    Book 1: Reading & Multiple Choice (41)

    Thursday, May 5, 2011

    Periods 1-3  (90min.)

    Book 2: Listening/Writing,

    Writing Mechanics and Reading/Writing


    Book 1- Reading and Multiple Choice (70 minutes)

                In book one, you will read different types of text passages: fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.  In this part, you can read the questions before reading the passages.  It is a good idea to do that.  After reading each passage, you must go back into the text to answer the multiple choice questions.


    Book 2: (90 minutes)

    Part 1: Listening and Writing

                In book two, you will listen to a passage.  Your homeroom teacher will read the passage two times.  You will not be able to look at the questions ahead of time.  However, you must take notes to help you respond to the questions.  You will write 3 short answers (one is usually a graphic organizer) and  5multiple choice questions.  To be successful you must take and then use your notes to answer these questions.


    Part 2: Writing Mechanics

            You will answer 3 multiple-choice questions based on writing mechanics: sentences, capitalization, punctuation, etc...


    Part 3: Reading and Writing

                In book three, you will read two passages.  You will be able to read the questions before reading.  After, you will answer 4 short answers (one is usually a graphic organizer) and 1 extended response (essay).  You will be successful if you go back into the passages to help you answer the questions.





    Supplies Needed:


    -        2-3 #2 sharpened pencils



    Tips that research proves is highly beneficial to academic success:


    -        Eat a high protein breakfast

    -        Get plenty of rest, so your brain doesn’t shut down

    -        Watch your time and pace yourself

    -        Read the directions carefully and circle all tasks

    -        Read or listen to the passages carefully

    -        Unless you know that your answer is 100% WRONG DO NOT CHANGE IT!

    -        When you’re done, go back and make sure you answered all the questions.

    -        Use specific TEXT details to support your writing.


    Reading is the key to your success.  It opens doors to your future…read, read, read!


    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 664-6303 or e-mail me at msalvadore@mechaniville.org.