What's new in the NJ ASK 2012?
- A revised version of the 2011 NJ ASK 3-8 Score Interpretation Manual has been posted correcting an error pertaining to the type and score point range of the grades 6-8 writing tasks.
- No significant changes to the 2011 test have been announced. 2012 will be a transition year as most district prepare for a transition to the Common Core State Standards and revised standardized test.
When is the NJ ASK given?
NJ ASK 2012 Dates
Apr. 23-26, 2012: Grades 7 & 8 Regular Testing Week
Apr. 30 - May 4, 2012: Grades 5 & 6 Regular Testing Week / Grades 7 & 8 Make-up Testing Week
May 7-11, 2012: Grades 3 & 4 Regular Testing Week / Grades 5 & 6 Make-up Testing Week
May 14-18, 2012: Grades 3 & 4 Make-up Testing Week
What is NJ ASK?
It is an assessment based on the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. It is administered
in all New Jersey public schools. With the enactment of the No Child Left Behind Act, it is administered
every year to all children in grade 3 through 8. NJ ASK scores are reported as scale scores in each content area. The
scores range from 100-199 (Partially Proficient), 200-249 (Proficient) and 250-300 (Advanced Proficient).
What is the format of the NJ ASK?
The NJ ASK consists of multiple choice and open-ended questions. In multiple choice questions,
students are expected to select the best answer out of four choices.
For open-ended questions, students are asked to construct written responses, in their own words.
Each test section needs to be completed in the allotted time. Test administrators ensure that students
adhere to the test guidelines.
Where can I get additional information about the NJ ASK?
You can obtain a lot of useful information about the test, schedules and performance reports by
visiting the New Jersey State Department of Education’s website at