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George R. Hanaford School Library: RICAS

The website for the Elinor Pike Library at George R. Hanaford School in East Greenwich

RICAS Practice

Click the links below to access various tutorials to practice different aspects of the RICAS test.

Skills Needed for PARCC

  • Keyboarding Skills
  • Cut & Paste
  • Drag & Drop
  • Highlighting
  • On-Screen Calculators
  • Manipulating Graphs
  • Running Simulations
  • Changing Font Size & Background Color
  • Knowing when to select multiple answers (square boxes)
  • Knowing when to select only one (circles)

Typing Sites

Highlighting Text


Highlighting Text

Press the Ctrl key while holding down Shift and the arrow it will highlight one word at a time. You can also hold down the left mouse button while dragging it across the sentence on the screen.

To highlight text with your keyboard move the cursor to the beginning of the text using your arrow keys, hold down the shift key, and while still holding down shift press the arrow key in the direction you want to highlight; when done, let go of the shift key. If you want to highlight all text press the shortcut key Ctrl + A.

Practice highlighting the following text:

Practice highlighting this text using the above steps. Click the mouse cursor at the start of the text, hold down shift, and use your arrow keys.


Drag & Drop

Drag and Drop

Drag and Drop means you take an object from one place and drag it to another place.  

Directions:  Click on the links to play some of the games below to practice dragging and dropping.


Did you know most online games use the drag and drop skill?

  • Click on the object you want to drag and drop
  • While holding the mouse button down, drag the object to where you want it
  • Release the mouse button when the object is where you want it to be

Links to Released Items

Split Screen

Split Screen

A split screen allows you to look at two windows at the same time.  



Directions:  You are going to open a Word document and create a split screen so that you can see this page and the Word document at the same time.  Follow the directions on this page to complete your Word document.

Did you know you can split your screens with one screen on top of the other,or side by side?

  • Use the "restore down" button (next to the x) in the upper right hand corner  
  • Use your mouse and drag the corners of the screen so it takes up half of your screen
  • Do this for both the Libguide and the Word document.

Once you open your Word Document:

   1.  Type your name.

   2.  Change the color of your name to any color you like.

   3.  Center your name in the middle of the screen by using the center button.

   4.  Press enter two times (you should be 2 lines underneath your name)

   5.  Type the name of  your favorite book.

   6.  Make the name of your favorite book size 72.

   7.  Press enter two times.

8. Open a tab on the internet. Go to

9. Search for the term "book" and click on Flickr. This will show you search results for Flickr. Choose a photo of books

10. Drag the photos of the books to your open Word document and drop it there. A picture will not appear but rather a link.  



Typing efficiently can make a big difference on the PARCC test. 

Directions:  Click on the links to play games below to practice typing.

Did you know you can become a much faster typer if you use the home row keys?

  • Put your right index finger on the J.
  • Line up the rest of the fingers on your right hand next to your right index finger
  • Put your left index finger on the F.
  • Line up the rest of the fingers on your left hand next to your left index finger