# Sample Questions

## What questions are used in the NAEP science assessment?

Explore sample questions from the science assessment, and see how the NAEP science questions relate to student performance.

## Test Yourself in Science

Select one of the grade tabs below to try out questions from the 2009 NAEP science assessment. After answering all the questions, compare your score with that of students nationally.

Question 1 of 5 :

The diagram below shows four places on Earth. Places 1, 2, 3, and 4 are all at sea level.

Which place has the coldest winters?

1.    1
2.    2
3.    3
4.    4
Question 2 of 5 :

Which material is the best conductor of electricity?

1.  Wood
2.  Metal
3.  Stone
4.  Plastic
Question 3 of 5 :

This question refers to the following information.

Rafael lives near a road at the bottom of a hill. His parents are concerned that soil will wash off the hill and rocks will fall onto the road.

Rafael conducts an investigation to find out if grass growing on a hillside will help stop soil erosion.

He collects two samples of the same size and type of soil. One sample of soil has grass growing on it and the other does not. He places each sample of soil in a small tray.

After pouring the water onto both pieces of soil, Rafael makes an observation. The water collected in the tray under the soil with grass looks clearer than the water collected in the tray under the soil without grass.

What conclusion can Rafael make from his observation?

1.   The grass helped to hold the soil in place.
2.   The grass helped to move the water through the soil.
3.   The soil without grass was sticky, so more water stayed in the soil.
4.   The soil without grass was loose, so more water stayed in the soil.

Question 4 of 5:

A student wants to know whether two cups hold the same volume of water. The two cups have different weights (masses).

The student completely fills Cup 1 with water. The student wants to measure if Cup 2 holds the same volume of water.

What should the student do next to complete the measurements?

1.   Completely fill Cup 2 with water and then look at the cups side by side
2.   Pour half of the water from Cup 1 into Cup 2, weigh each cup and then compare their weights
3.  Pour all of the water from Cup 1 into Cup 2 to see if the water completely fills Cup 2 without spilling over
4.   Completely fill Cup 2 with water, weigh each filled cup, and then compare weights

Question 5 of 5:

Look at the banana plant shown below.

What part of this plant helps it get the most light?

1. Green fruit
2. A peeling, thick stem
3. Wide, long leaves
4. Brightly colored flowers