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Grade 7 Texas History Mini-Test Bank

13-digit ISBN: 978-0-9835171-6-0
(10-digit ISBN: 0-9835171-6-9)

The Grade 7 Mini-Test Bank will have slightly fewer questions than our other history-based test banks (Grade 8, U.S. History and World History).  It will provide middle- school students with the practice they need in answering questions in the STAAR format. They will also ensure a rigorous teaching of Texas history and save your teachers time in designing their own test questions.

The questions in the mini-test bank are based on Texas history from earliest times to the present and cover these topics: Natural Texas and its people; the “Age of Contact”; Spanish Colonial Texas; Mexican National Texas; the Texas Revolution and Republic; early statehood; Texas in the Civil War and Reconstruction; cotton, cattle, and railroads; the “Age of Oil”; Texas in the Great Depression and World War II; the Civil Rights Movement and modern Conservatism in Texas; and Contemporary Texas. The focus of these questions will be on key individuals, events, and issues and their impact.  

Like our other test banks, this new mini-test bank is organized to follow the TEKS. Each TEKS, found in a gray box at the top of the page, begins a new section. There are at least three or more STAAR-type questions for each TEKS.

The questions run the gamut from easy to challenging –– both in content and cognitive complexity. They cover all of the performance level descriptors from Level I to Level III (“Advance Academic Performance”). Each question is designed to test student mastery of a specific TEKS.

Most important of all, you will find maps, documentary excerpts, photographs, and diagrams as part of many questions –– just like those on the actual STAAR.  

Dr. Rosemary Morrow, former Director of Social Studies at the TEA, has once again been kind enough to offer to classify these questions as easy, average or challenging.

The first installment of the Grade 7 Mini-Test Bank is now available for purchase. Its 200 items will be sent to early purchasers at the end of April 2015. All purchasers will be entitled to all later revisions and updates. Eventually, this mini-test bank will have approximately 450-500 assessment items.

The mini-test bank is simply the best value you can buy.  You will be licensed to use the items in perpetuity, and the questions will never age or have to be repurchased.

Use of these items is licensed by us to your district in perpetuity, but only within your district. We will ask you to sign a licensing agreement to this effect. Your district is buying the use of these items not just for this year, but also for every year in the future.  

This test bank is sold on a district basis only. Pricing is based on the most recent TEA “Snapshot” of your district’s total student population, which is available at this link:


Please bear in mind that this is based on your district’s total student population size, not just its Grade 7 population.

Grade 7 Texas History Mini-Test Bank Pricing


Total Student Population

Test Bank Price

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under 1,000