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Vocabulary Words Used in Test Prompts and Questions

Vocabulary Words by grade level found in test prompts and questions.

9th grade word list

10th grade word list

11th grade word list

12th grade word list

PARCC Assessment Tools

Information and Help on the PARCC


PARCC is an acronym that stands for The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.  The partnership is among states working together to develop assessments that measure student preparedness for college and career placement and opportunities.  Assessments address the Common Core State Standards taught in schools.

Students will need to build their vocabulary, reading comprehension, writing, and math skills to score well or proficient on the PARCC assessments.

The assessments probe the students’ ability to read complex text. Complex text contains longer sentences, higher use of less-frequent words, and a greater number and variety of words with multiple meanings. Close analytic reading will require students to read and reread deliberately to methodically examine the meaning of the text. The close reading will require students to write by citing evidence from the reading and support their answers with details found in the text.

Students should be able to recognize and understand the central ideas and key supporting details within the text to answer questions and write their responses.

Reading in volume improves students’ ability to test well.  Writing helps students improve their thinking.

Go to the links on the right to access vocabulary terms found in the assessment questions and to view subject-specific vocabulary.

To view the PARCC website go to  Practice tests in English Language Arts and Math are available.

To practice testing, view TestNav 8 Turorial, the Equation Editor, and the Graphing Calculator Tools go to

Subject-Specific Vocabulary Word Lists




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