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About the ITBS Tests

Parent and Child Practicing - Improving Your Preparation and Performance on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills

If your child is enrolled in Iowa Public Schools, then he or she will be tested by the standardized Iowa assessments during each of their academic years in grades 3 through 8. These assessments are designed to ensure that all instructors, schools, and students are successfully working towards meeting and exceeding the standards of the curriculum for each grade level.

The Iowa Test of Basic Skills

Also known as the ITBS Test, the Iowa Test of Basic Skills cover a spectrum of subjects and topics. While the tests specifically assess skills and topics that are unique to each grade level, most of the ITBS exams evaluate students on core concepts such as:

  • Reading comprehension (including vocabulary, critical reading, etcetera)
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  • Writing conventions (including spelling, punctuation, grammar, usage, and expression)

  • Mathematics (math problem solving, computation, and other related concepts relevant to each grade level)

  • Science and social sciences (utilizing resources such as maps, diagrams, and other reference materials)

Adding to these general focus areas, each grade level may assess student’s abilities in other related areas. For example, the 3rd grade ITBS evaluates each student’s hearing and listening skills. While each test varies to cover diverse concepts, the ITBS Tests are created to directly align with the curriculum for each grade and subject area.

ITBS Test Prep

If your elementary or middle school child is eager to review and prepare for their upcoming assessment, then both teachers and parents can utilize resources that are specifically structured to boost student comprehension and performance. Specifically, ITBS practice can be found from programs such as


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