CTP 5 Test (Comprehensive Testing Program) from ERB
What is the CTP® 5 Test?
The ERB-CTP® 5 is a test for high-achieving students and is given at private and public schools nationwide. It is used to collect basic information about student achievement and ability in the areas of the English language (reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing skills) and mathematics. Students in Grades 1 through 11 take the CTP 5 (Comprehensive Testing Program) assessment.
It is not one test, but a battery of subtests consisting of a series of multiple-choice and optional constructed-response questions. It is administered in either fall or spring. It can be given online or pencil to paper.
Grade Level When Given in Fall. During the fall window, the school will usually test at one grade level below the grade the child is in as they are testing for mastery of content knowledge from the previous year. For example, a child in Grade 4 will most likely test at Level 3 during the fall window.
Grade Level When Given in Spring. During the spring window, the school will most likely test at the same level as the grade the child is in as the school is testing for content knowledge of the current year. For example, a child in Grade 6 will test at Level 6 during the spring window.
|Current Grade Level||Grade 1||Grade 2||Grade 3||Grade 4||Grade 5||Grade 6||Grade 7||Grade 8|
Fall to Spring:
|N/A to 1||1 to 2||2 to 3||3 to 4||4 to 5||5 to 6||6 to 7||7 to 8|
The CTP Online Test. This is an adaptive test. It is computer-based and contains ELA, math, and science subtest sections (science for grades 3-9 only). Each CTP Online test consists of two parts: Stage 1 and Stage 2. For a specific content area, all students are given the same Stage 1 questions. How well a student performs in Stage 1 will determine what level of questions he/she will be given during Stage 2. Students who can handle harder questions are routed to more difficult questions during Stage 2. Students who can’t handle harder questions are routed to less rigorous questions in Stage 2.
Within each section (e.g. ELA, math), the Content Mastery Score takes into account whether a student answers the question correctly and difficulty level of the items they answered. The CTP Online test differs from the CTP 5 test in that it is adaptive, and students will not receive the exact same questions. The adaptive testing available online provides a more precise measurement of a student’s abilities. The computer-based version of the CTP test is automatically timed online.
The CTP 5 Paper-Based Test. This version was developed in 2018. The main difference between this test and its predecessors is that it assesses not only content-based curriculum performance but also has questions with increased complexity and critical thinking skills. CTP 5 consists of ELA and math subtest sections. It is presented in a multiple-choice format with an optional open-ended question format. Students in early grades take the test under untimed conditions and mark their answers in the test booklet. Students in the middle and upper grades take CTP 5 under timed conditions and mark their answers on a separate answer sheet. The time limits are generous, and all but a few students are able to complete the test in the time allowed. There is also an option for schools to include open-ended reading comprehension and mathematics questions in the test that provides full, partial, or no credit.
There is no wrong answer penalty on the CTP 5 or CTP Online test. Students are encouraged to answer every question.
For both the CTP 5 and CTP Online test, each question is assigned its own DOK (Depth of Knowledge) level. In short, this is a measure of the difficulty level of the question.
English Language Arts:
DOK 1 – requires student to recite facts or use simple skills and abilities.
DOK 2 – requires student to both comprehend and process text. Analysis and inference are required for this level of question. Questions at this level may include these words: collect, compare, classify, display, infer, interpret, organize, and summarize.
DOK 3 – requires the student to have depth of knowledge. Questions require the student to show understanding of ideas in text and also be able to explain, generalize, or connect ideas.
Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning:
DOK 1 – requires student to recite math facts, know basic math language, and classify objects.
DOK 2 – requires the student to exhibit basic application of math skills and concepts. Questions require the student to interpret the material to formulate an answer. They will need to decipher the information and use their conceptual knowledge to choose the appropriate procedure to formulate an answer. This could require two or more steps in the decision-making process. Questions at this level may include these words: compare, collect and display data, estimate, and organize.
DOK 3 – requires strategic thinking. Questions will require reasoning, planning, deciphering, creating a plan or sequence of steps to approach and solve the problem.
Karen Quinn, the Testing Mom, breaks it down for you below. What is the CTP Test?