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Scheduling the ITBS Tests

The Complete Battery for grades 3-8 takes approximately five and one-half hours to administer, five hours and 10 minutes of which is actual working time. In addition, the Level 9 Word Analysis and Listening tests require 20 and 25 minutes, respectively.

It is preferable to give the Complete Battery tests in either six or eleven sessions on six different days. The order in which tests are given and the number of sessions per day are both judgments that can be made by the school district. It is not advisable to give all the tests within a period of three consecutive days because such a full schedule of testing is likely to tire students and to contribute to a casual attitude toward the testing. Under no circumstances should the Complete Battery be given in a single day. (Sample schedules are presented in the ITBS Directions for Administration manual.)