How the Test Works
The Islamic Studies Standardized Tests (ISST) follows a similar procedure to other nationally recognized standardized assessments such as IOWA, PLAN, or STAR.
Test Quick Facts
Who is Tested?
Students in grades 2 – 8.
What Subjects are Tested?
Each test comprises of a total of 80 items (split into four subjects)
Quranic Studies (20 questions)
Sirah and Hadith (20 questions)
Aqidah, Fiqh, and Akhlaq (25 questions)
Islamic History (15 questions)
What Topics are Tested?
Test questions are derived from National Islamic Studies Standards
How Much Time is Needed to Test Students?
Total testing time requires 80 minutes
- (this does not include instruction time or a 10 min. session break)
- Please note: It is recommended to complete tests in one day
What Type of Test is the ISST?
Tests are formatted in Scantron style.
- Note: Grade 2 test takers have the option of circling answers within the test booklet
6 Steps for Participating in the ISST
• Select testing dates and mark on school calendar
• Optimal testing time between March – May
• Order materials using the ISST Order Form
• Train test adminstrators using the ISST Testing Manual
• Inform parents about upcoming tests
• Administer tests according to planned schedule
• Keep tests in a secure location when not in use
• Collect completed tests and return answer sheets to SME for scoring
• Testbooklets can be re-used for a minimum of 3 years
• Use data gathered from student reports to make informed program decisions
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