GMAS Sample Questions: Grade 7 ELA

The GMAS is a Computer-Based Longitudinal Assessment System for College and Career Readiness. The students will face a variety of new technology-enhanced questions as a part of the computer-based tests.

Some of them are Multiple choice-single correct responses, Multiple choice-multiple correct responses, Matching Tables, Drag and Drop, Hot text, Table Fill in, Graphing, Equation/numeric, Extended constructed response, Short answer, and many more.

Today, we will share several sample questions along with practice test links for grade 7 English Language Arts that gives you an idea of questions that your students are likely to see on the test. After each sample question, an explanation follows that includes any important aspects of the task that you may need to consider with respect to the skills, processes, and information your students need to know.

Domain: Grade 7 >> Reading Standards for Literature

Sample Question: “The Land of Nod”

by Robert Louis Stevenson

From breakfast on through all the day
At home among my friends I stay,
But every night I go abroad
Afar into the Land of Nod.
All by myself I have to go,
With none to tell me what to do—
All alone beside the streams
And up the mountain-sides of dreams.
The strangest things are there for me,
Both things to eat and things to see,
And many frightening sights abroad
Till morning in the Land of Nod.
Try as I like to find the way,
I never can get back by day,
Nor can remember plain and clear
The curious music that I hear.
What is the theme of this selection?

  1. When we nod our heads, we get to see new places.
  2. Dreams let you travel to new and magical places.
  3. Traveling to the Land of Nod is exciting.
  4. People can travel anywhere they want to go.

Answer Explanation: Answer choice one is not the best choice. In this answer choice the word “nod” refers to moving ones head. In the story it is about going to sleep/dreaming (nodding off to sleep).

Answer choice two is the best selection. The poem describes different places he has to go, alone, while dreaming. Also, he cannot find those places by day (when he is awake), nor can he quite remember the music (what happened in the dreams).

Answer choice three might be true, but it is not the best answer. Not everything mentioned in the Land of Nod was exciting.

The last answer choice is not the best answer because the poem does not indicate that the person can control where he visits.

Standards: ELAGSE7RL2

Click here to practice: Reading Standards for Literature Questions on 7th Grade

Domain: Grade 7 >> Reading Standards for Informational Text

Sample Question: Emily and Jason

Emily and Jason spend every day together. Although both of them would have rather gone home with friends after school, they had no choice but to walk together. Emily could not stand the fact that Jason acted like such a know it all. He was only one year older than she was but he acted like he knew everything. Of course, he never hesitated to tell on her every night at dinner either. Yesterday he complained because she did not clean the sink in the bathroom; last week, he rated her out for not putting away the laundry. Emily could not wait for next year when she would be able to have the house to herself.

What incident did Jason mention first?

  1. Emily did not clean the bathroom.
  2. Emily did not put the laundry away.
  3. Emily did not feed the cat.
  4. Emily failed a test at school.

Answer Explanation: Answer choice number two is the best choice. If the reader wrote the events in order as they occurred in time, they could see that the laundry incident happened last week, prior to other events.

Standards: ELAGSE7RL3

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Domain: Grade 7 >> Writing Standards

Sample Question: On their way to school, the boys stopped at the coffee shop, then the convenience store, and _____ the post office to mail a letter for their mom.

Which transition best completes this sentence?

  1. Then
  2. After
  3. First
  4. Finally

Answer Explanation: Answer choice four is the best answer .Finally is the better answer. “Then” could be used, but the sequence of events, with the post office stop being last, makes for “finally” being the best asnwer.

Standards: W.7.2

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Domain: Grade 7 >> Language Standards

Sample Question: Which sentence has correct subject-verb agreement?

  1. Both my cat and my dogs enjoy eating “people” food.
  2. Both my cat and my dogs enjoys eating “people” food.
  3. Both my cat and my dogs enjoying eating “people” food.
  4. Both my cat and my dogs eats “people” food.

Answer Explanation: Answer choice one is correct. The subject of this sentence is plural (attitude and motivation). Therefore, the verb must also be plural. “Make” is the plural form of the verb “to make”.

Standards: L.7.1

Click here to practice: Language Standards Questions for 7th Grade

Looking for online practice tests? Here is the link to practice more of GMAS Grade 7 English Language Arts questions.


Jaci Smith