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About the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) and CAPT

What is the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) and CAPT?

State Testing Information for Connecticut
Portions of the following material were taken from the Connecticut Department of Education website. Please see our links and source sections at the bottom of the page for more details and references.

General Description of the Tests
Connecticut Assessment System

  • Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT)
  • Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT)
  • CMT/CAPT Alternate Assessment
  • National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

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Assessment Information

Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT)

  • Grades: 3-8
  • Subjects: Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science
  • Provides an accurate assessment of how well students statewide are reaching the standards of achievement that have been established by the State Board of Education

Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT)
  • Grade: 10
  • Subjects: Mathematics, Reading, Writing, Science

CMT/CAPT Alternate Assessment
  • Designed exclusively for special education students with significant cognitive disabilities

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
  • Grades: 4, 8, 12
  • Subjects: U.S. History, Civics, Geography, Mathematics, Writing
  • The nation's only ongoing representative sample survey of student achievement in core subject areas

Test Descriptions

Connecticut Mastery Test(CMT)

  • Degrees of Reading Power (DRP)

  • - Assesses students’ ability to understand what has been read
    - Students read nonfiction text with missing words and then choose appropriate words to complete the text.
  • Reading Comprehension

  • - Assesses students’ understanding of both fiction and nonfiction passages through multiple-choice questions and open-ended questions that require written responses

  • Direct Assessment of Writing

  • - Requires students to draft a piece of writing in response to a given topic
  • Editing & Revising

  • - Requires students to answer multiple-choice questions to show how well they can edit and revise a written passage

  • Measures performance on a range of skills and concepts expected to be mastered by the time of testing
  • Has multiple-choice, open-ended and grid-in questions

Science (Grades 5 and 8 only)
  • Assesses students’ understanding of important scientific concepts from life, earth and physical science strands, as well as the ability to apply those concepts to real-world issues
  • There is a major focus on scientific inquiry and using scientific reasoning to solve problems.
  • Includes a combination of multiple-choice and open-ended questions

Testing Schedule
Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) and Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) Calendar for Spring 2011 Through Spring 2014

Connecticut Student Assessment
Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT)
Connecticut Academic PerformanceTest (CAPT)
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
Comparing NAEP to Connecticut's State Assessments

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