Terra Nova 7th Grade Practice Questions
The Terra Nova Test serves as an achievement test that is administered to students in grades K-12. The exam strives to assess higher-order thinking as well as other academic skills that the child has been taught in school. The test measures specific skill criteria such as achievement in reading, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, vocabulary and spelling. The test is formatted as a multiple choice test, however 1st graders and above may be given free-response questions.
Below are several TerraNova sample questions that are intended for the seventh grade level. Each practice question will reflect a specific subtest that your child will come across. Here is a practice test with five sample questions.
1.) Language: Spelling
For this section, each question will have a list of words. If one of the words is spelled wrong, fill in the circle next to that word. If none of the words are spelled wrong, fill in the last circle that says “no error”.
- no error
2.) Language: Usage and Expression
Parent say to your child: “This section will test your ability to use words in correctly written English. For some questions, there are 3 lines of words. If you find a mistake in one of the lines, fill in the circle next to that line. If there are no mistakes, fill in the last circle that says, “no error”.
- We went to the baseball game at the
- Staples Center. I catched a fly ball
- that practically dropped in my lap.
- no errors
Parent say to your child: “This test will measure how well you understand math. Use scratch paper if you need to. Choose the answer you think is best
4.) Reading Comprehension
Parent say to your child: “This test will measure how well you understand what you read. There are 5 passages for you to read. Each is followed by questions about the piece you just read. Choose the answer you think is best.”
THE STRAW, THE COAL, AND THE BEAN
From Grimm’s Fairy Tales by the Brother Grimm
In a village dwelt a poor old woman, who had gatherd together a dish of beans
and wanted to cook them. So she made a fire on her hearth, and that it might
burn the quicker, she lighted it with a handful of straw. Then she was emptying
the beans into the pan, one dropped without her observing it, and lay on the
ground beside a straw, and soon afterwards a burning coal from the fire leapt
down to the two. Then the straw began and said: ‘Dear friends, from whence do
you come here?’ The coal replied: ‘I fortunately sprang out of the fire, and if I had
not escaped by sheer force, my death would have been certain, — I should have
been burnt to ashes.’ The bean said: ‘I too have escaped with a whole skin, but if
the old woman had got me into the pan, I should have been made into broth
without and mercy, like my comrades.’ ‘And would a better fate have fallen to my
lot?’ said the straw. ‘The old woman has destroyed all my brethren in fire and
smoke; she seized sixty of them at once, and took their lives. I luckily slipped through her fingers.’
‘But what are we to do now?’ said the coal.
‘I think,’ answered the bean,’that as we have so fortunately escaped death, we
should keep together like good companions, and lest a new mischance should
overtake us here, we should go away together, and repair to a foreign country.’
The proposition pleased the two others, and they set out on their way together.
Soon However, they came to a little brook, and as there was no bridge or foot-
plank, they did not know how they were to get over it. The straw hit on a good
idea, and said: ‘I will lay myself straight across, and then you can walk over on me
as on a bridge.’ The straw therefore stretched itself form one bank to the other,
and the coal, who was of an impetuous disposition, tripped quite boldly on to the
newly-built bridge. But when she had reached the middle, and heard the water
rushing beneath her, she was after all, afraid, and stood still, and ventured no
farther. The straw, however, began to burn, broke in two pieces, and fell into the
stream. The coal slipped after her, hissed when she got into the water, and
breathed her last. the bean, who had prudently stayed behind on the shore,
could not but laugh at the event, was unable to stop, and laughed so heartily that
she burst. It would have been all over wiht her, likewise, if, by good fortune, a
tailor who was travelling in search of work, had not sat down to rest by the brook.
As he had a compassionate heart he pulled out his needle and thread, and sewed
her together. The bean thanked him most prettily, but as the tailor used black
thread, all beans since then have a black seam.
Which is most likely the way the bean would have thanked the tailor?
- “I’m most graciously obliged to you for your kind attention to my predicament.”
- “Thank you so much! I would have been in a real mess if it wans’t for your help.”
- “Y’all did a right fine job o’ sewin’ me up and I sure ‘preciate it.”
- “I dare say, sir, you have presently stitched me up with contrasting thread.”
- Option 2 (Notoriety)
- Option 2 (catched/caught)
- B. (The student correctly concluded that a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right.)
- A. (Students who chose “A” show an understanding of the formal, flower language the author uses to characterize the bean’s dialogue. In addition, they recognize that the meaning of this sentence fits within the context of the story.)
- C. (The student understands that if 1 cm= 10 mm then 3 cm= (3×10) mm=30 mm)