Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS Test)

Sample ITBS Practice Questions

Wondering what kinds of questions your child will be asked on the ITBS® (Iowa Test of Basic Skills®)? Here are five examples.

IMPORTANT: While the ITBS® sample questions shown on this page are representative of what your child will see on the exam, they aren’t taken directly from the actual Iowa test that’s being administered this year.


ITBS® Sample Question #1 — Level 12, Spelling

Parent, say this to your child: “For this question, you will see a list of words. If one of the words is spelled wrong, circle that word. If none of the words are spelled wrong, circle the last answer choice that says ‘no error.’”

  1. conclusion
  2. agast
  3. deceitful
  4. guacamole

ITBS® Sample Question #2 — Level 5, Listening

For this section, say to your child: “I am going to read you a question while you look at some pictures. Listen carefully, because I can only read the question once. After I read it, fill in the circle under the picture that answers the question.”

“Kelly was organizing the shoes in her closet. She decided to match each pair of shoes and put them together. Fill in the circle under the picture that shows how Kelly organized her shoes.”

ITBS Listening Question

ITBS® Sample Question #3 — Level 7, Math

The equation 5 + 3 is the same as:

  • A. 3 + 5
  • B. 5 + 4
  • C. 1 + 5
  • D. 5 – 3

ITBS® Sample Question #4 — Level 6, Vocabulary

For this section, say to your child: “I’m going to show you three pictures, and then I’m going to say a word. Then, you’ll fill in the circle underneath the picture that goes with the word I say. Now, listen to the word I’m about to say: That word is ‘steam.’ Can you find picture that goes best with the word ‘steam’ and fill in the circle that’s underneath it?”

ITBS Sample Vocabulary Question

ITBS® Sample Question #5 — Level 8, Social Studies

Fill in the circle below the picture that shows someone using a service that the government provides.

Sample for ITBS Social Studies Question
For additional ITBS practice questions, click the links below.

ITBS Practice Test

Free ITBS Practice Questions

Free Iowa Test Questions

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