i-Ready Diagnostic for Kindergarten through 1st grade

i-Ready Diagnostic Kindergarten – 1st Grade Sample Questions

The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive online test that is intended to show your child’s understanding of Math and Reading and help figure out what your child is ready to learn next. As an adaptive test, questions will get easier or harder depending on how your child is progressing on the test.  Questions may range up to three grade levels above your child’s current grade.

The i-Ready Diagnostic is given in the following order for children in kindergarten and 1st Grade.


  • Algebra and Algebraic Thinking – This section assesses a student’s understanding of foundational algebraic concepts, including patterns, relationships, and basic functions. Students are introduced to simple equations and problem-solving strategies.
  • Numbers and Operations – In this section, students are tested on their ability to recognize and work with numbers, including counting, comparing, adding, and subtracting. The focus is on developing a strong number sense and understanding the concept of basic arithmetic operations.
  • Geometry – The Geometry section evaluates students’ knowledge of basic geometric shapes and their properties. Students learn to identify, classify, and manipulate shapes, as well as explore spatial relationships and patterns.
  • Measurement and Data – This section covers fundamental concepts related to measurement and data, such as length, weight, time, and temperature. Students learn how to use different tools and units for measurement and practice interpreting and representing data in various forms.


  • Phonics – The Phonics section focuses on developing a student’s ability to recognize and decode letters and their corresponding sounds. This foundational skill is essential for reading and spelling proficiency.
  • Phonological Awareness – In this section, students develop their awareness of the sounds in spoken language. They practice identifying and manipulating sounds, including blending, segmenting, and rhyming, which are crucial for successful reading and writing.
  • High-Frequency Words – This section targets a student’s ability to recognize and read high-frequency words or sight words that appear commonly in texts. Mastery of high-frequency words promotes reading fluency and comprehension.
  • Vocabulary – The Vocabulary section assesses a student’s understanding of a wide range of words, their meanings, and their usage in context. Developing a strong vocabulary is essential for reading comprehension and effective communication.
  • Comprehension: Literature – In this section, students are tested on their ability to understand and interpret literary texts, such as stories, poems, and plays. They learn to analyze characters, settings, and events, as well as identify themes and central messages.
  • Comprehension: Informational Text – This section focuses on evaluating a student’s ability to comprehend informational texts, such as articles, reports, and nonfiction books. Students practice identifying main ideas, supporting details, text structures, and author’s purpose in various types of informational texts.
100 Free Practice Questions

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Below you will find sample questions that are representative of kindergarten and 1st grade questions your child will see on the test but are not taken directly from the actual i-Ready Diagnostic that is being administered this year.

  1. Which choice has a short ‘o’ sound?


  1. Which picture matches the word?

  1. Which picture is something you do NOT see underwater?


  1. Which thing is in both pictures?


  1. How many hearts do you see?


  1. Which triangle is the smallest?


  1. What is the name of the coin shown below?


  1. What number sentence matches the picture below?

Are you ready to start preparing your child for their i-Ready Diagnostic for Kindergarten and 1st? Are you interested in more i-Ready Diagnostic practice for Kindergarten and 1st Grade? We have over 1,100 i-Ready Diagnostic practice questions for Kindergarten and 1st Grade, plus expert tutors, engaging test prep, and more! Try out our 100 Free Questions today!

100 Free Practice Questions

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I am a k-1 teacher looking into the program



Please reach out to our Parent Success Team at 877-609-6203 or help@testingmom.com. They will help you learn more about the i-Ready Test and how to find additional practice on our website.


Great variety of questions. Allows me to see what the child will need help with.


Hi Maryann, we glad you are enjoying the Testing Mom online program.


I teach first grade and am trying to get kids ready for their 3rd diagnostic

Letha Pressley

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diana bronstein

My child has ADHD and will be starting first grade. He is needing support to keep up. I would like to have practice I ready questions I so I can keep him on track and see where he needs extra help.
Thank you, Diana


Hi Diana, Thank you for reaching out and expressing your interest in supporting your son’s learning journey, particularly in his preparation for the i-Ready tests. Your proactive involvement in his education, especially given his ADHD, is truly commendable.

Familiarize your son with the test format by practicing with Testing Mom questions. You can access thousands of i-Ready questions after you sign-up for a membership.

Here are other tips to help prepare your son:
Set a Consistent Schedule: Children with ADHD often benefit from a consistent routine. Set aside a specific time each day for him to work on learning activities, and break it into manageable chunks.

Utilize Engaging Learning Materials: Use interactive and engaging study materials that align with the i-Ready curriculum. This includes math and reading activities that are grade-appropriate.

Promote Active Learning: Allow him to actively participate in learning. Instead of simply telling him the information, allow him to discover the answers himself. This helps to reinforce the material and make learning more enjoyable.

Regular Breaks: Make sure to incorporate regular short breaks during study periods. This can be especially helpful for children with ADHD as it can help to maintain focus over longer periods.

Patience and Positive Reinforcement: Reinforce his efforts with praise and encouragement. Positive reinforcement can be very motivating.

In terms of tracking his progress, Testing Mom’s Digital Tutor program will let you track his progress over time with detailed reports. These reports can show his strengths and areas that may require extra attention. If you want additional support or specific practice materials, we would recommend reaching out directly to his teacher or the school’s educational support services once school starts in the fall.

Remember, the goal of the i-Ready test is to help identify your child’s unique learning needs. It’s not about getting every question right, but about understanding where he is in his learning journey. The fact that he has your support already gives him a great head start.


Excited to help my kinder get ready !


Me hinteresa mucho por que a mi niño le gusta mucho estudiar .


I teach a small kindergarten class of 11 students who are required to take MAPS test before being allowed to enter first grade at another school. We are a preschool/kindergarten School then our students feed into another school for first – 9 grade I would like for my students to have online practice of testing before end of May . I would like more info on this program


my daughter needs help would love to get this


Number 4, “Which thing is in both pictures”, asks for a singular answer. However there appears a frog and water in both. That makes the question grammatically incorrect.


Look below the pictures for the three answers to choose from!

Ms. Holt

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