What’s in the ITBS? – Grades 1-2 (Levels 7-8)

The ITBS testing (Iowa Test of Basic Skills) is a comprehensive standardized assessment test which evaluates a student’s level in all of the major subject areas including Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Science.

Here is a breakdown of what specifically is covered for grades 1 & 2:

  • Vocabulary
    • Reading Vocabulary
    • Word Analysis
    • Assess how well students can recognize letters and letter-sound relationships
  • Reading Comprehension
    • Using print, context, and picture cues to identify unfamiliar words; completing sentences that tell about a picture by choosing a word for filling in a blank; and answering multiple-choice questions after reading a brief story
    • Listening
    • Short oral scenarios are presented, and then one or more multiple-choice questions are read
    • Alphabetizing, using a picture dictionary, using a table of contents, and using maps to determine location, direction, and distance
  • Language
    • Skills in spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and skills in usage and expression in writing
  • Mathematics
    • Math Concepts: numeration and number systems, whole numbers, geometry, measurement, fractions, currency, and number sentences
    • Math Problem Solving: solve brief word problems and interpret information presented in graphs and tables
    • Math Computation: addition and subtraction problems
  • Social Studies
    • The content is taken from the areas of geography, history, government, economics, sociology, and the other social sciences
  • Science
    • The content is taken from the areas of life science, earth and space sciences, and physical sciences

ITBS Practice Tests

We offer comprehensive ITBS practice including online testing and a printable workbook.  Please visit our website for more information on preparing for these all important ITBS exams.

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