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Grade 7
Georgia
Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests

CRCT Study Guide
Reading English/Language Arts Mathematics Science Social Studies 2703922-W

Copyright © 2013 by Georgia Department of Education. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents
Using the CRCT Study Guide 1

About the CRCT

Overview of the CRCT What is the CRCT? What does the CRCT measure? How are CRCT questions scored?

2

Preparing for the CRCT Test-Taking Strategies Related Links

4

Chapter 1

Reading Reading Skills and Vocabulary Acquisition Literary Comprehension Information and Media Literacy Practice Quiz Solutions

10

Chapter 2

English/Language Arts Grammar/Sentence Construction Research/Writing Process Practice Quiz Solutions

26

Chapter 3

Mathematics Number and Operations Geometry Algebra Data Analysis and Probability Practice Quiz Solutions

42

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Chapter 4

Science Cells and Genetics Interdependence of Life Evolution Practice Quiz Solutions

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Chapter 5

Social Studies Geography Government/Civics Economics History Practice Quiz Solutions

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Using the CRCT Study Guide
This Study Guide focuses on the knowledge and skills that are tested on the Georgia Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT). It is designed for teachers to use with their students and for parents to use with their children. Go to www.gadoe.org/ to find further information about and support for the CRCT. The following section of this guide, “About the CRCT,” contains an overview of the CRCT and test-taking strategies to review with your students. – The content tested on the CRCT is based on Georgia’s state-adopted curriculum, which describes what all students should know, understand, and be able to do.

The chapters of this guide are organized by subject. In each chapter you can explore the skills needed to succeed in a specific tested domain (grouping of similar content standards). The subject chapters include a snapshot of each domain, instructional Activities that address covered skills, and a Practice Quiz with annotated Solutions to help assess student progress. This document is intended as a student resource. Photocopying is allowed as needed for student use.

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About the CRCT

Overview of the CRCT
What is the CRCT?
The grade 7 CRCT is a state-mandated achievement test that measures the subject areas of Reading, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

What does the CRCT measure?
The CRCT is designed to measure student acquisition and understanding of the knowledge, concepts, and skills set forth in the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) for Reading, English/Language Arts, and Mathematics and the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) for Science and Social Studies. The tests accomplish the following: – – – Ensure that students are learning Provide data to teachers, schools, and school districts so they can make better instructional decisions Provide data for use in Georgia’s accountability measures and reports.

CRCT results measure the academic achievement of students, classes, schools, school systems, and the state. This information can be used to identify individual student strengths and weaknesses or, more generally, to measure the quality of education throughout Georgia.

How are CRCT questions scored?
The CRCT currently uses only selected-response (multiple-choice) questions. There are four choices for each question, labeled A, B, C, and D. Students are not compared to each other. They are measured on their achievement in meeting the standards. Scores are reported according to three performance levels: Does Not Meet the Standard, Meets the Standard, and Exceeds the Standard. For more information, go to the CRCT...
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