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Contents - AT Format


Overview of the Test Site

Sample Test Page

Sample Test Page

There are two types of tools available on tests:


Test Tools Instructions

Help link

To view the on-screen Instructions and Help window, select the Help link in the upper-right corner.

Student Clock Tool The student clock tool displays the time remaining in the test section, in minutes. You can choose to hide or unhide the clock throughout the test. At 5 minutes remaining in the section, you will not be able to hide the clock as the 5-minute warning appears.

Navigation buttons

To move between test pages, use the Back and Next buttons in the upper-left corner. If a test consists of only one question, clicking Next prompts you to end the test.

Questions drop-down list

To quickly navigate to a specific test question, select the question number from the drop-down list in the upper-left corner. Questions that were marked for review display "(marked)" in this list.

Calculator (for Math Test – Calculator ONLY)

To use the on-screen calculator, select Calculator in the Test Tools menu within the navigation region.

Formulas To view standard mathematical formulas for reference, navigate to the directions page at the beginning of the Math sections.
Line Reader

To highlight an individual line of text in a passage or question, select Line Reader in the Test Tools menu.

Notes

To enter notes in an on-screen notepad, select Notes in the Test Tools menu.

Zoom In & Zoom Out

To enlarge the text and images on a test page, select Zoom In from the Test Tools menu. Multiple zoom levels are available. To undo zooming, select Zoom Out from the Test Tools menu.

 

Context Menu Tools Instructions
Directions To view directions for each test for reference, select Directions from the context menu; these also appear at the beginning of each test.
Highlighter

To highlight text, select the text on the screen and then select Highlight Selection from the context menu. To remove highlighting, select Reset Highlighting from the context menu.

You cannot highlight text in images.

Mark for Review

To mark a question for review, select Mark for Review from the context menu. The marked question number displays a flap in the upper-right corner, and a flag icon flag icon appears next to the number on the test page. The Questions drop-down list displays “(marked)” for the selected question.

Strikethrough

For multiple-choice questions, you can cross out an answer option to focus on the options you think might be correct. There are two options for using this tool:

Option A:

  1. To activate Strikethrough mode, open the context menu and select Strikethrough.
  2. Select the answer options you wish to strike out.
  3. To deactivate Strikethrough mode, press the Esc key or click outside the response area.

Option B:

  1. Right-click an answer option and select Strikethrough.


Test Rules

Navigation Rules



Navigating the Test with Job Access With Speech (JAWS)

This section provides instructions for using JAWS to navigate a test page.

Note: The first time the test loads, JAWS may start reading the entire page from top down, until you stop it. However, on the next test page, the focus will be on the first question on the page.

About Test Regions and Elements

A test page has up to three landmark regions: the Banner, the Navigation Region, and the Main Region. To navigate between these landmarks using JAWS, press the R key.

JAWS Keyboard Commands

You can use the following keyboard commands to navigate within a test page.

Note: The commands in this table are based on JAWS 18. Commands may be slightly different in other versions.


Keyboard Command Action
R Navigate to the next landmark region on the page.
Down Arrow Move to the next line on the page.
Up Arrow Move to the previous line on the page.
Tab Move to the next component on the page.
  • In general, the following test elements are components:
    • Question number and associated question text
    • Question context menu
    • Response options
    • Navigation and tool buttons
Shift + Tab Move to the previous component on the page.
H Jump to the next heading on the page.
  • In general, the following test components have a heading:
    • Test name (H1)
    • Student name (H2)
    • Passage title (H3)
    • Question number (H3)
Note: On test pages that have more than one question, you can jump directly from one question to the next. To do so, press H and then press the Down arrow twice.
Shift + H Jump to the previous heading on the page.
Enter Select an option or button.
Insert + Down Arrow Read everything on the page from your current place on the page.
Ctrl or Space Stop JAWS from reading.

Opening a Context Menu

The first question on a test page will automatically be in focus. The instructions in this section assume you want to open the context menu for the active landmark element on the page and have not yet used the Tab key to navigate anywhere.

To open the context menu for a stimulus or question:

  1. Do one of the following:
    • If you are opening the context menu for a stimulus, ensure the focus is on the stimulus.
    • If you are opening the context menu for a question, ensure the focus is on the question.
  2. Navigate to the context menu and press Enter. The context menu opens and displays the list of available menu options. JAWS reads aloud the first option in the menu.

  3. To move up and down the list, press the Up and Down arrow keys. JAWS automatically reads aloud each option.
  4. To select a menu option, press Enter.

To exit the menu without making a selection, press the Esc key. JAWS will return focus to the context menu button.

About Question Labels

After you use a context menu tool for a given question, a label for that tool appears next to the question number. When you navigate to a question with labels, you can press Tab to navigate to each label, which JAWS reads aloud.

  • When a question is marked for review, JAWS reads “Marked for review” for the question label (Mark For Review Label).
  • When you have entered a note for a question, JAWS reads “Notes” for the question label (note label).

Key Commands for JAWS Navigation of Tests in Forms Mode

When in forms mode the following alphanumeric keys can be used (JAWS 16 and higher):

Layered Keystrokes

Navigating Tables

When in a table, use the control and alt keys along with other navigation keys:

To turn off forms mode select escape or the plus sign on the numeric keypad. To enable forms mode, you must focus on a web element, for example, text input, radio button, slider, etc. and then select the return key.

Math Input in Calculators

If using Braille mathematics to input data into a text box, then JAWS must have the Braille input set to “computer” braille.


Responding to Questions with JAWS

This section provides basic guidance for responding to question types that may appear on a test.

Note: The instructions in this section assume that the question does not display any question labels. If you have used a context menu tool for a question, you must press Tab an additional time for each question label that appears.

Multiple-Choice Questions

Multiple-Choice questions require you to select one response option from a group of options. The response area displays several response options as radio buttons.

  1. To navigate between each answer option, use the Tab and Shift + Tab commands (or use the Up and Down arrow keys). JAWS reads aloud the text for the option in focus.
  2. To select the response option in focus as your response, press Space.

Student-Produced Response Questions

Student-produced response questions require you to enter text into a text box.

  1. Read the question and then use the Tab command to move to the response area. JAWS will read "Edit, type in text."
  2. When you are done entering a response, press Tab. You will leave the text box and move to the next question on the page.

Essay Question

The essay question requires you to enter text into a text box, which includes a rich text editor.

  1. Read the question and then use the Tab command to move to the response area. JAWS will read "Rich Text Editor Frame. Press Alt+0 for help. Edit, type in text."
  2. When you are done entering your essay response, press Tab. You will leave the text box and move to the end of the test.

Navigating the Test without JAWS

This section provides instructions for using keyboard commands to navigate a test page without JAWS.

About Test Regions and Elements

A test page has up to three regions: the Banner, the Navigation Region, and the Main Region.

Common Keyboard Commands

You can use the following keyboard commands to navigate within a test page.


Keyboard Command Action
Tab Move to the next component on the page.
  • In general, the following test elements are components:
    • Question number and associated text
    • Passages
    • Context menus
    • Response options
    • Navigation and tool buttons
Shift + Tab Move to the previous component on the page.
Space Select a response option.
Enter Select a button, open a menu, or select a menu option.
Down Arrow Move to the next option in a context menu.
Up Arrow Move to the previous option in a context menu.
Esc Close a context menu.

Opening a Context Menu

To open the context menu for a stimulus or question:

  1. Do one of the following:
    • If you are opening the context menu for a passage, ensure the focus is on the passage.
    • If you are opening the context menu for a question, ensure the focus is on the question.
  2. To navigate directly to the context menu button, press Tab.
  3. Press Enter. The context menu opens and displays the list of available menu options.
  4. To move up and down the list, press the Up and Down arrow keys.
  5. To select a menu option, press Enter.

To exit the menu without making a selection, press the Esc key.


Responding to Questions without JAWS

This section provides basic guidance for responding to question types that may appear on a test.

Note: The instructions in this section assume that the question does not display any question labels. If you have used a context menu tool for a question, you must press Tab an additional time for each question label that appears.

Multiple-Choice Questions

Multiple-Choice questions require you to select one response option from a group of options. The response area displays several response options as radio buttons.

  1. Read the question, and then use the Tab key to move to the answer options.
  2. To navigate between each answer option, use the Tab and Shift + Tab commands (or use the Up and Down arrow keys).
  3. To select the response option in focus as your response, press Space.

Student-Produced Response Questions

Student-produced response questions require you to enter text into a text box.

  1. Read the question and then use the Tab key to move to the response area.
  2. When you are done entering a response, press Tab. You will leave the text box and move to the next question on the page.