Overview of the Test Site

All tests have navigation and test tools. Some test tools are available only for specific tests or questions.

Sample Test Page

Sample Test Page

There are two types of test tools available:

Global Tools Instructions

Help (?) button

To view the on-screen Instructions and Help window, select the question mark (?) button in the upper-right corner.

To use the on-screen calculator, select Calculator in the global menu.

This tool is available for the following tests:

  • EOC Algebra 1 and 2
  • Mathematics grades 6, 7, 8, and 11

To search the Merriam-Webster dictionary or thesaurus, select Dictionary in the global menu.

This tool is available for the following test:

  • ELA Performance Task

To view the on-screen formula sheet, select Formula in the global menu.

This tool is available for the following test:

  • EOC Algebra 2
Line Reader

The Line Reader tool assists in reading by raising and lowering the tool for each line of text on the screen. To use this tool:

  1. Select Line Reader in the global menu.
  2. Click on each line requiring line reader assistance.

To close the Line Reader tool, select the Line Reader button again.

Note: The Line Reader tool cannot be used while the Highlighter tool is in use.


The Masking tool temporarily covers a distracting area of the test page. To use this tool:

  1. Select the Masking button in the global menu.
  2. Click and drag across the distracting area.

To close the Masking tool, select the Masking button again. To remove a masked area, select X in the upper-right corner of that area.

Note: The Masking tool is available for students with the Masking Designated Support enabled in TIDE.

Notes To enter notes in an on-screen notepad, select Notes in the global menu.
System Settings

To adjust audio volume during the test, select the cog wheel icon cog wheel icon in the upper-right corner.

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


Context Menu Tools Instructions
Expand Passage
To expand the passage section, select the double arrow icon double arrow icon in the upper-right corner of that section. The passage section will overlap the question section for easier readability. To collapse the expanded section, select the double arrow icon double arrow icon again.

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.

This tool cannot be used while the Line Reader tool is in use.

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.
Select Previous Version

To view and restore responses previously entered for a Text Response question, select the Select Previous Version option from the context menu. A list of saved responses appears. Select the appropriate response and click Select.


For selected response 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.

To view a short video demonstrating how to respond to a particular question type, select Tutorial from the context menu.

Test Rules

Navigation Rules

Accessing the Navigation Bar for HSA-Alt Assessments

Pause Rules

For Smarter Balanced ELA and Mathematics, HSA Science, and EOC Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Biology 1 tests:

For ELA Performance Task tests:

For HSA-Alt Assessments:

About Print-on-Demand and Text-to-Speech

About Print-on-Demand

To send a print request to the Test Administrator, choose from the following options:

About Text-to-Speech

For some tests, Text-to-Speech is an accommodation that requires state-level approval. For some tests, Text-to-Speech is available as a designated support that does not require state-level approval. The following tests allow you to listen to test content as a designated support:

NOTE: Text-to-Speech is not automatically enabled for any tests. TAs and/or TCs must pre-set the TTS designated support for the above tests via the TIDE system or the TA Live Site prior to the start of student testing.

To listen to content with the Text-to-Speech tool: