Overview of the Test Site

Sample Test Page

Sample Test Page

There are two types of test tools available:

Global Tools Instructions

Help (Help) button

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

Test Clock

test clock

To hide the time elapsed from displaying, select the test clock test clock in the upper-right corner. The clock continues counting the elapsed time while it is hidden. To unhide the elapsed time, select the test clock clock icon again.

Note: The test clock only appears when you have the Test Clock setting turned on.


Calculator icon

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

The graphing calculator is available on the following tests:

  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Integrated Mathematics I
  • Integrated Mathematics II

The scientific calculator is available on the following tests:

  • Grades 6 to 8 Mathematics


Formula icon

To view the on-screen reference sheet, select Formulas in the global menu.

Available on the following tests (sheet specifics vary by test):

  • Grades 4 to 8 Mathematics
  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Integrated Mathematics I
  • Integrated Mathematics II

Line Reader

Line Reader Tool

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


Masking icon

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: This tool requires you to have the Masking accessibility feature turned on.


notes icon

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

System Settings

cog wheel icon

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

Zoom buttons

zoom in icon zoom out icon

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 Sample Marked Item Number in the upper-right corner, and a flag icon flag icon appears next to the number. The Items drop-down list displays Item Marked for Review Flag for the selected question.

Reading Mode

Open Reading Mode button

Reading Mode opens a pop-up window that lets you view two pages of a reading passage at a time. To open Reading Mode, select the open book icon reading mode icon below a reading passage.

To exit Reading Mode, select the close icon Exit Reading Mode icon in the lower-right corner of the pop-up window.

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 multiple choice and multi-select 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 listen to passages and questions, select a Speak option from the context menu.

Text-to-Speech Tracking When this tool is enabled, words become highlighted as text-to-speech reads them aloud.

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

Test Rules

Navigation Rules

Pause Rules


If you are testing with Text-to-Speech, you can listen to instructions, passages, and questions in the test. If the Text-to-Speech Tracking feature is on, words are highlighted as they are read aloud.

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