Free ITBS Practice Questions

The Iowa Tests of Basic Skills are a set of standardized tests administered to children.  The ITBS are provided as a service to schools by the College of Education at The University of Iowa. The Iowa Tests are given as a kindergarten test, first grade test, second grade test, third grade test and go through eighth grade. Developers EF Linquiest, Maude McBroom, Ernest Horn, Herbert Spitzer, Harry Greene first designed and administered the Iowa Skills tests in 1930’s as a tool to improve instruction.  Back then they were originally called the Iowa Every Pupil Test of Basic Skills. Testing Mom has free ITBS practice questions to help prepare their child for the upcoming exam.

Over the years, use of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills has spread beyond Iowa and many school districts across the U.S. now use the Iowa Skills test for kindergarten testing, first grade testing and second grade testing.

The Iowa Skills Test are written in levels 5-14, which generally correspond with grade levels kindergarten through eighth grade. Each test level within the ITBS consists of a series of tests administered in content sections, with each section designed to measure a specific skill set contained within the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills.  Sections in the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills for kindergarten, first grade, second grade and third grade tests include:

  • Vocabulary test
  • Word Analysis test
  • Reading Comprehension test
  • Listening test
  • Language test
  • Mathematics test


Below are some free ITBS practice questions to ask your little one! Get more free ones here.

Listen to the word I say.  The word is “tranquil.”  Choose the picture that best goes with the word “tranquil.”

free ITBS practice question

Which multiplication is shown here?

ITBS practice question

Say this to your child: “For this section, each question will have a list of words.  Choose the word that is spelled wrong.  If none of the words are spelled wrong, choose the last circle that says ‘No error.’

Iowa Test of Basic Skills free question

Answers: 3rd picture over the bubble; D; battaries (should be ‘batteries’)

*Iowa Tests of Basic Skills® (ITBS®) is a registered trademark owned by Houghton Mifflin Company and published by Riverside Publishing, a Houghton Mifflin Company.  Houghton Mifflin Company and Riverside Publishing are not affiliated with, nor were they involved in the creation, production and do not endorse or sponsor these practice questions. Trademarks referring to specific test providers are used by for nominative purposes only: such trademarks are solely the property of their respective owners.

One Response to “Free ITBS Practice Questions”

Reka says:

I want to get ready of my son itbs grade5. Could u pls suggest some websites.

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