Smarter Balanced Assessments for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics

Students in grades three through eight and grade eleven will receive full-length summative tests for both English language arts/literacy and mathematics, with approximately seven to eight hours of total testing time for each student. Every device used for testing must have the secure browser external icon installed. Stable, high-speed Internet is required.

Visit the California Department of Education (CDE) California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System web page for additional information about the Smarter Balanced Assessment System.


2019–2020 Smarter Balanced Online Summative Test Administration Manuals

2019–2020 Other Resources

Estimated Testing Times for Smarter Balanced Assessments

This table contains rough estimates of the time most students will take to complete the Smarter Balanced online assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. This information is for scheduling purposes only, as the assessments are not timed.

Estimated Testing Times for Smarter Balanced Assessments
Content Area Grades Computer Adaptive Test Items
Performance Task (PT)
ELA 3–5 1:30 2:00 3:30
ELA 6–8 1:30 2:00 3:30
ELA 11 2:00 2:00 4:00
Mathematics 3–5 1:30 1:00 2:30
Mathematics 6–8 2:00 1:00 3:00
Mathematics 11 2:00 1:30 3:30
Both 3–5 3:00 3:00 6:00
Both 6–8 3:30 3:00 6:30
Both 11 4:00 3:30 7:30

Last Reviewed: Thursday, March 26, 2020