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About the Training and Practice Tests

Purpose of the SAGE Training and Practice Tests


About the Practice Tests

The purpose of the Utah SAGE Practice Tests is to familiarize students, teachers, and parents with SAGE content, item types, and the user interface.These tests include items that represent both the variety in difficulty and item format that students may see on the SAGE Summative assessments.

The tests are not predictive of SAGE summative performance, but do provide an opportunity to respond to similar types of items in about half the time as the summative test. Additionally, the practice tests provide an item response key at the end so students can see what items they answered correctly and which they answered incorrectly.

The practice tests are available for Math and ELA tests only.

About the Training Tests

The purpose of the Utah SAGE Training Tests is to familiarize students and teachers with the design, format, and procedures for answering different types of items that will be included in the SAGE Summative assessments. Every school should also use these tests to certify that their local technology configuration can deliver SAGE Summative tests. Administering the training tests via the secure browser allows schools to determine whether their network and hardware can successfully administer live operational tests this spring.

These tests are aligned to the Utah Core Standards according to their individual grade span and represent both the variety in difficulty and item format that students may see on the SAGE Summative assessments. Some students may have difficulty with some of the content aligned to higher grades within the grade span of each training test; nevertheless, this should not interfere with students’ ability to interact with an item for its intended training purpose. If an item is appears to be too difficult, encourage your students to experiment with the tools, choose the best answer and move on to the next item.

Schools are encouraged to have students take the appropriate training test prior to the administration of SAGE Summative; however, each LEA/school may decide how it wants to use the training tests with its students.

The training tests do not include an item for each of the aligned Core State Standards that will be measured by the operational assessments. The training tests will NOT provide scores for students and should NOT be used to measure students’ content knowledge.

Each content test will contain items aligned to the indicated content area and grade span below. The SAGE Writing training test will provide students with an example stimulus, prompt, and response mechanism.

The training tests are divided in separate grade bands and content areas in the following manner:

  • Math
    • Math Grades 3–4
    • Math Grade 5
    • Math Grade 6
    • Math Grades 7–8
    • Math Grades HS (High School)
  • Science
    • Science Grades 4–6
    • Science Grades 7–8
    • Science Grades HS (High School)
  • Language Arts and Literacy
    • Reading, Language, and Listening Grades 3–5
    • Reading, Language, and Listening Grades 6–8
    • Reading, Language, and Listening Grades 9–11
  • Writing
    • Writing Grades 3–5
    • Writing Grade 6
    • Writing Grades 7–8
    • Writing Grades 9–11



  • SAGE Test Delivery System: Offline Starting 5:00 p.m. on September 28th/Back Online on October 2nd

    In preparation for the opening of the SAGE Summative testing window, the SAGE Test Delivery System (TDS) will be taken offline starting at 5:00 p.m. MT on Thursday, September 28th. Therefore, you will NOT be able to deliver Benchmark or Interim tests on Friday, September 29th.

    Benchmark, Interim, and Summative assessments will be available on Monday morning, October 2nd.

    Please remember that the administration of SAGE Summative assessments is for course instruction that has been completed and should correspond with the LEA testing plan that was submitted. 


    Added: September 18, 2017
  • New Grade 6-8 Science Standards – Interim and Benchmark Tests

    Due to the newness of the standards and the small size of the question banks, there are no benchmark or interim assessments currently available on the SAGE portal for the new grade 6 – 8 Science with Engineering Education (SEEd) standards.  Once the review process is complete, there will be a training test and practice tests available.  Once benchmark or interim tests become available, we will send out an announcement.  All other elementary (4th and 5th grade) and high school benchmark and interim assessments are available for teachers to use.  If you have any question, please direct them to Scott Roskelley at

    Added: August 28, 2017
  • Benchmark and Interim Testing is now available. This includes all Benchmark Modules and both the Full Reporting and Class Period Interim tests. The updated AIR Ways and Online Reporting System are available along with the updated Training Site. The updated Training and Practice Tests are now available using the Training and Practice Test cards on the portal. Updated system User Guides have been posted as well. 

    As a reminder, the Summative test window will open on October 2nd.

    Added: August 22, 2017
  • The statewide SAGE Spring testing window is closed as of 5:00pm, Friday, June 16th.

    Summer SAGE system availability (outside of the dates listed, the systems are available):


    System Offline – JUNE Offline – JULY Offline – AUGUST
    Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) ——– July 29 – 31 August 1 – 14
    Test Delivery System (TDS) June 17 – 25 July 29 – 31 August 1 – 21
    Training Site ——– ——– August 14 – 21
    Online Reporting System (ORS) ——– ——– August 15 – 21
    AIR Ways Benchmark Reporting System ——– ——– August 15 – 21
    SAGE Formative Will no longer be available after June 17


    Added: June 12, 2017
  • Update: the updated training tests are now available on the SAGE training site. These tests include the changes discussed at the recent training sessions which include:

    1. The grade 3-5 writing test now has the glossary popup as well as the table at the end of the passage
    2. Each reading test has an additional listening task that includes both a reading and audio portion.
    Added: February 17, 2017
  • The new Benchmark module assessments are now available to educators through the TA interface and are administered using the SAGE secure browser. The Benchmark reporting system, labeled “AIR Ways Reporting” is also available from the SAGE portal. There are almost 300 Benchmark Module tests available by grade and subject. Please be careful and add to the TA session carefully. LEA administrators can use the testing windows feature of TIDE to assist in managing the availability of Benchmarks.  Note that the new Testlets (created from the SAGE Formative resource bank) will not be deployed today.

    The new publicly available Practice Tests are also now available from the SAGE portal’s Training & Practice Sites card.

    Questions on how to access or use these new assessments and reports may be directed to the SAGE help desk: or 855-570-7239.

    Added: September 26, 2016