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Using the State Curriculum: Mathematics, Grade 8

Algebra | Geometry | Measurement | Statistics | Probability | Number | Processes

Sample Assessments: Each sample assessment item gives an idea of how an assessment item on the MSA might be presented. The items appropriately measure the content of the State Curriculum and may be formatted similarly to those appearing on the MSA; however, these are sample items only and have not appeared on any MSA form.

Standard 1.0 Knowledge of Algebra, Patterns, and Functions

Topic A. Patterns and Functions

Indicator 1. Identify, describe, extend, and create patterns, functions and sequences

Objective b. Determine the recursive relationship of geometric sequences represented in words, in a table, or in a graph

Assessment limit: Provide the nth term no more than 5 terms beyond the last given term using the recursive relationship of geometric sequences with whole numbers and a common ratio of no more than 5:1 (0 – 10,000)

Selected Response Item

Look at the sequence below.
2, 6, 18, ___, ___, ___, ___, 4374, . . .

What is the sixth number in the sequence?

  1. 54
  2. 162
  3. 486
  4. 1458
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Correct Answer:
C

Assessment limit:
Provide the nth term no more than 5 terms beyond the last given term using the recursive relationship of geometric sequences with whole numbers and a common ratio of no more than 5:1 (0 – 10,000)

Resources for Objective 1.A.1.b:
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