Grade 3 Printable Math Tests
There are a couple of significant math units that students will experience in the 3rd grade. At this point we are expecting students to have mastered all the major mathematical operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). They are starting to work with larger number to the hundred thousand place. We expect 3rd graders to not only be able to compare two values in that range, but round them to place values. Fractions play a significant part of the curriculum, and they explore proper and improper fractions. They also get comfortable with converting them to mixed numbers. Geometry is a short, but part of the curriculum as well. Below you will find a series of printable practice tests for your 3rd grade students.
- Grade 3 Core Test Sampler - This sampler is helpful to give you an overview of what is presented most often at this level.
- Multiple Choice Questions Form A - Products and quotients are the corner stone of this area.
- Multiple Choice Questions Form A Version 2 - This version focuses more on the integers and operations.
- Short Response Questions Form B - This test should actually take less time than the multiple choice.
- Extended Response Questions Form C - I really took my time on this one to make everything applicable to students lives.
- Grade 3 Operations and Algebraic Thinking Quiz - The majority of the problems work over word problems.
- Grade 3 Numbers and Base Ten Operations and Geometry Quiz - Both of these section are very light, so I batched them together.
- Grade 3 Fractions Quiz - The core calls for mostly fraction comparisons and understanding the nature of a fraction.
- Grade 3 Measurement and Data Quiz - This is the fun age to meet up with measurement. All the tools come together.
What Math Skills Are Tested in the 3rd Grade?
Getting into a higher grade level calls for more learning. 3rd grade marks an important year in a student's math learning progression cycle. They begin to think beyond the basic concepts, play around with bigger numbers and poke their heads into the world of measurements and shapes. It is the year where they develop their problem-solving skills along with logical thinking and organizational abilities. They make connections between concepts they have been learning.
Let's take a look at what interesting mathematical concepts are taught to students in 3rd grade.
Number Theory and Operations consists mostly of comparing different numbers. In this unit students will also learn the concept of expansion from standard form of a value. Students also learn the concept of rounding up and down of numbers to a maximum of the hundreds place.
Students learn a good bit about money in the form of bills and coins. Monetary value, making change, and counting coins are a big theme at this level. They spend a good helping of time solving word problems that involve money to some extent.
The data analysis and probability units are a bit more intensive than previous grade levels. Students get a handle on interpreting data in graphs such as bar graphs, pictographs, and other tables. They also get a start on general statistical concepts such as determining the probability or likelihood of a situation.
This is the genesis of where students begin to think algebraically. It is mostly centered on evaluating numeric relationships. They learn to understand these relationships to help them in the process of finding the unknown.
Like we said in the intro on this page, students do not devote a ton of time to geometry, but it is the launch pad of the concept for spatial sense for them. The focus of this section is on identifying shapes, finding the distance between vertical or horizontal points, understanding and recognizing congruent, equivalent, and right angles.
The measurements portion works on understanding of the concept and measures of lengths, depths/widths, area, capacity, interpreting time, basic definitions of weight, area, perimeter, capacity, temperature.
The grade 3 core curriculum I find very sporadic and not as well thought through as the other levels. There is just a pinch of geometry in here, but they put what I feel is real-life geometry in the measurement section. I just don't get where they were going with that topic. It seems to fall off a bit from where they could have gone with it.