TerraNova® Test

The TerraNova® Tests are a series of achievement tests used to assess students in grade Kindergarten through 12th grade in reading, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, vocabulary, and spelling. These tests measure a child’s higher-order thinking skills, as well as basic and applied skills. TerraNova provides the highest standards in research, item reliability and validity, and technical quality, giving good placement information and feedback for each child who takes it.

TerraNova® Test Grouping

TerraNova Complete Battery gives detailed diagnostic information. This series of assessments provides achievement scores, objective mastery scores, and performance-level information.

TerraNova Survey is an abbreviated version of the Complete Battery and provides a general measure of achievement with a minimum amount of testing time.

TerraNova Plus Tests provide in-depth information about a child’s basic skills. The Plus tests are used for additional diagnostic information about a child.


What subjects are covered on the TerraNova tests?


  • Oral Comprehension
  • Basic Understanding
  • Analyze Text
  • Evaluate and Extend Meaning
  • Reading and Writing Strategies
  • Introduction to Print


  • Sentence Structure
  • Writing Strategies
  • Editing Skills


  • Number and Number Relations
  • Computation and Numerical Estimation
  • Operation Concepts
  • Measurement
  • Geometry and Spatial Sense
  • Data Analysis
  • Statistics, and Probability
  • Patterns
  • Functions
  • Algebra
  • Problem Solving and Reasoning
  • Communication


  • Science Inquiry
  • Physical Science
  • Life Science
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Science and Technology
  • Personal and Social Perspectives in Science and History
  • Nature of Science

Social Studies

  • Geographic Perspectives
  • Historical and Cultural Perspectives
  • Civics & Government Perspectives
  • Economic Perspectives

What is the difference between a state or proficiency test and an achievement test?

Proficiency or state testing shows the understanding a child has AFTER they are taught all of the content.

Achievement tests are used to evaluate a child’s cognitive ability based on content that he has not been specifically taught, but is expected to have mastered.

How should my child prepare for these subjects?

Reading/Language Arts – Have your child read as many books at their grade level. They should pay attention to grammar, spelling, vocabulary, rhyming, and should also be able to give a summary of the story and explain its main idea.

Mathematics – Make sure your child understands concepts like sums, differences, comparisons, more or less, and the value and identification of coins.

Science and Social Studies – Review material that is age-level and grade specific.

Test-taking Tips – Your child needs to be familiar with multiple choice tests, being sure they know how to eliminate answers that are incorrect first. Be sure your child takes his time and reads each question carefully.

Here are a couple practice questions to get your student started.  

For more, you can find them here at TestingMom.com.

Look at the boxes across the rows and up and down the columns. Do you see how they are related to each other? Can you find the answer that goes in the empty box so that the designs inside the rows and columns follow a pattern?

Terra Nova Test Practice Question

Barney has cats. One cat is black with pink eyes. One cat is blue. One cat is brown with yellow eyes. He painted a picture of his 3 cats. Choose the picture he painted of his cats.

Terra Nova Test Practice Question 2

Did your child struggle with any of these sample practice questions?  Answers are below.

(Answers: D, 1st one from left)

Mind what you are saying to your child…speak positively and keep it fun!

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