SBA Science

The assessment consists of three sessions. The types of questions that are included in the SBA are multiple choice (MC) and constructed response (CR). For CR items, students write out their responses as opposed to filling in a bubble next to an answer choice for MC items. The ratio of CR/MC items is 80 percent MC and 20 percent CR, but because of the greater number of potential points for CR items, the point ratio for any given content area’s test is approximately 45 percent of points from CR items and 55 percent of points from MC items.

For the Science assessment, CR items may require either short-answer responses (SA) or open-ended responses (OE). Students can earn up to two points for SA responses and up to three or four points for OE responses. CR items are scored according to rubrics that are created when the question is written. Although there are generic rubric templates for the SA and OE items, please be aware that for actual scoring, the rubrics are customized for each specific item. 

Grades Tested

Languages Available

Number of Sessions

Estimated Time per Session


Item Types

4, 7, 11

English, Spanish


40 minutes

 Computer Based

Multiple Choice and Constructed Response

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