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Review Hands-on Tasks and Scoring Criteria


Materials for the three released hands-on tasks can be accessed through the links below. View the testing materials and questions as they were administered to students, and learn about the scoring criteria that were applied to each question. In addition, sample responses and student response data are available.


Grade 4 Electrical Circuits. Design an electrical circuit to investigate the conductivity of objects and the effect of muliple objects in a series circuit. Scoring information.

Grade 8 Magnetic Fields. Investigate magnetic properties of metals; design and carry out an experiment to determine the metals' magnetic strength. Scoring information. Grade 12 Maintaining Water Systems. Determine which of two locations would be the better site for building a new town based on which site has the better water quality. Scoring information.
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