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.


2016–17 Smarter Balanced Online Summative Test Administration Manuals

  • Directions for Administration of the Smarter Balanced Online Summative Assessments and California Science Test (Posted 01/16/17.)

    2016–17 Smarter Balanced Paper-Pencil Test Administration Manuals Directions for Administration (DFAs)

    Requests for Smarter Balanced paper-pencil tests should be submitted by September 30, 2016, for review and approval by the CDE.

    2016–17 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. This information is for scheduling purposes only, as the assessments are not timed.

    Content Area Grades Computer Adaptive Test items
    Performance Task (PT)

    English Language Arts/Literacy

    3–5 1:30 2:00 3:30
    6–8 1:30 2:00 3:30
    11 2:00 2:00 4:00


    3–5 1:30 1:00 2:30
    6–8 2:00 1:00 3:00
    11 2:00 1:30 3:30


    3–5 3:00 3:00 6:00
    6–8 3:30 3:00 6:30
    11 4:00 3:30 7:30