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Overview of the Test Tools

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

Sample Test Layout: Science

This image shows a sample  test page. The top of the image shows the buttons for navigation and tools. Text boxes and arrows point to the available navigation buttons and test tools.

The following test tools are available:


This table provides a description of the Global Tools available.

Global Tools Description
Help Buttonhelp button The Question Mark help button button in the upper-right corner opens this Instructions and Help page.
Calculator

calculator button

To use the on-screen calculator, select the Calculator button. 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:

  • Physical Science
  • Grades 6 to 8 Mathematics
Formula

formula button

To view the on-screen reference sheet, select Formula.

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

  • Grades 4 to 8 Mathematics
  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Integrated Mathematics I
  • Integrated Mathematics II
  • Physical Science
Line Reader

line reader button

To highlight a line of text on the page, use the Line Reader tool. Select the Line Reader button. The first line of text on the screen will be highlighted blue. Select another line of text to highlight it.
Masking

masking button

To temporarily cover a section of the test screen, use the Masking tool. To use the Masking tool:

  1. Select the Masking button.
  2. Click and drag until the area you want to cover is fully selected.
  3. Release the mouse button. The masked area will become dark gray.

You can mask other areas if you want to. To close the Masking tool, select the Masking button again. It will become green. Note: This tool requires you to have the Masking accessibility feature turned on.

Notes

notes button

To open an on-screen notepad, select the Notes button. In the notepad, type comments or notes for yourself. Your notes are saved when you select the Submit and Close button on the notepad window.
Periodic Table

periodic table button

To open an on-screen periodic table of elements, select the Periodic Table button. This tool is available for the Physical Science test.
System Settings

cog wheel icon

The System Settings cog wheel icon icon in the upper-right corner allows you to adjust the volume during the test.
Zoom Buttons

zoom in button zoom out button

Select the Zoom In button to make the text and images in the test bigger. Select the Zoom Out button to make the text and images smaller again. You can zoom in and out up to four times.

This table provides a description of the Context Menu Tools available.

Context Menu Tools Description
Expand Passage

Some test pages have a passage or activity on the left side of the page. You can expand this section.

  • Select the double arrow button The double arrow button shows two arrows pointing in opposite directions. to expand the left section so that it takes up most of the screen.
  • Select the double arrow button The double arrow button shows two arrows pointing in opposite directions. again to collapse the passage or activity.
Highlighter

You can highlight a section of text in a passage or test question.

Option 1: Select text on the screen. Open the context menu and select Highlight. The selected text will become yellow.

Option 2: Select text on the screen. Right-click and select Highlight. The selected text will become yellow.

Notes:

  • Text in images cannot be highlighted.
Mark for Review To mark a question for review, open the context menu and select Mark for Review. The marked question number displays a flap Marked number in the upper-right corner. The Questions drop-down list displays "(marked)" 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 then select Submit.
Strikethrough

For multiple-choice questions, you can "cross out" an option and focus on what you think may be the right options. To use this tool, right-click on an answer option and select Strikethrough. A line will appear through the text or image.

Text-to-Speech 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.
Tutorial Each question has a tutorial video that you can watch to learn more about that type of question. Open the context menu and select Tutorial. The video will open on the screen.

 

About Text-to-Speech

For all tests, Text-to-Speech is an accessibility feature. You can listen to test instructions, passages, and questions if this feature is turned on. If the Text-to-Speech Tracking feature is on, words in questions will be highlighted as they are read aloud.

How to listen to test content:

  • To listen to a passage, open the passage context menu and select the Speak option you want. You can also select a small portion of text, such as a word, phrase, or paragraph to listen to. Select the text, open the passage context menu, and select the Speak Selection option.
  • To listen to a question or answer options, open the question context menu and select the Speak option you want.
    • To listen only to the question, select Speak Question.
    • To listen to the selected-response question and all answer options, select Speak Question and Options.
    • To listen only to the answer option, select Speak Option from the context menu and then select the answer option. You can also right-click the answer option and select Speak Option. (For example, if you want to listen to answer option A, right-click that answer option and select Speak Option A.)


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 everything 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 16. Commands may be slightly different in other versions.


Action Keyboard Command
Navigate to the next landmark region on the page. R
Move to the next line on the page. Down Arrow
Move to the previous line on the page. Up Arrow
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
Tab
Move to the previous component on the page. Shift + Tab
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 multiple questions, you can jump directly from one question to the next. To do so, press H and then press the Down arrow twice.
H
Jump to the previous heading on the page. Shift + H
Select an option or button. Enter
Read everything on the page from your current place on the page. Insert + Down Arrow
Stop JAWS from reading. Ctrl or Space

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. To navigate directly to the context menu button, press Tab twice. JAWS reads aloud “Menu button.”
  3. Press Enter. The context menu opens and displays the list of available menu options. JAWS reads aloud the first option in the menu.
  4. To move up and down the list, press the Up and Down arrow keys. JAWS automatically reads aloud each option.
  5. 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.


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 and Multi-Select Questions

The procedures for responding to Multiple-Choice and Multi-Select questions are similar.


  1. After listening to the question text, press Tab twice. JAWS reads aloud the option’s text. If the option is an image, JAWS reads the text description associated with the image.
  2. 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.
  3. To select the response option in focus as your response, press Space. The answer option is selected and JAWS reads “Space.”

Hot Text Questions

Hot text questions require you to select at least one word, phrase, or sentence.

  1. After listening to the question text, press the Tab key twice. This will take you to the first selectable word, phrase, or sentence. JAWS will read aloud the text that is in focus.
  2. To navigate between each selectable text area, use the Tab and Shift + Tab commands. JAWS will read aloud the selectable text.
  3. To choose a selectable text area in focus as your response, press the Enter key. JAWS will announce the text is checked.

Edit Task Questions

Edit task questions require you to replace an incorrect selectable word or phrase.

Important Notes About JAWS and Edit Task Questions:

It is strongly recommended that you read through an entire question before editing text.

  1. Use the Down arrow to read through each line of text. If a line of text has a selectable word or phrase, JAWS will say "clickable" after the word or phrase.
  2. Navigate to each selectable text field in the question.
    • Option 1: Return to the beginning of the question.
      • Press Shift + H.
      • Press Tab to go to the first selectable text field.
    • Option 2: Move backwards through the selectable text fields in the question.
      • Press Shift + Tab.
  3. When the selectable text is in focus, press space. This will open the edit menu. JAWS will read "Edit tools dialog" and provide additional instructions.
    • Text box: Type in the replacement word or phrase.
    • Drop-down list: Use the Up and Down arrow keys to move between options in the list. JAWS will read aloud each option. To select an option, press Enter.
  4. Press Tab to navigate to the OK button in the edit menu. Press Enter. The edit menu will close and the question will be back in focus.

Text Response Questions

Text 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.

Table Match Questions

Table match questions require you to mark at least one checkbox in a table. The table will have multiple rows and columns. The table row heading and column heading are not selectable. The selectable table cells have checkboxes.

  1. After listening to the question text, press the Tab key twice. This will take you to the first table cell that has a checkbox. JAWS will read aloud the corresponding column name and row name for that table cell.
  2. To navigate to each cell that has a checkbox, press the Tab key. JAWS will read aloud the corresponding column and row name for each cell.
  3. To mark a checkbox, press space.

Equation Questions

Equation questions require you to enter a math equation or expression in a text field using an on-screen keypad.

  1. To navigate between the keypad buttons, press Tab or Shift + Tab. JAWS reads aloud the character or action for each button.
  2. To enter a character in the text field or perform an action from the keypad toolbar, press Enter. You can also press the corresponding key on your keyboard, if available.
  3. Optional: To add special characters to the text field, press Alt + 7 with the focus on the text field. A pop-up window opens, with a drop-down list of the available characters. To move between the options in this list, use the arrow keys. JAWS reads the name of each special character. To insert the selected character, press Enter.


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.

Keyboard Commands

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


Action Keyboard Command
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
Tab
Move to the previous component on the page. Shift + Tab
Select a response option or mark a checkbox. Space
Select a button, open a menu, or select a menu option. Enter
Move to the next option in a context menu. Down Arrow
Move to the previous option in a context menu. Up Arrow
Close a context menu. Esc

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 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. To navigate directly to the context menu button, press Tab twice.
  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 and Multi-Select Questions

The procedures for responding to Multiple-Choice and Multi-Select questions are similar.

  1. After listening to the question text, press Tab twice.
  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.

Hot Text Questions

Hot text questions require you to select at least one word, phrase, or sentence.

  1. After reading the question, press the Tab key until the first selectable text area is in focus.
  2. To navigate between each selectable text area, use the Tab and Shift + Tab commands.
  3. To choose a selectable text area in focus as your response, press the Enter key.

 

Edit Task Questions

Edit task questions require you to replace an incorrect selectable word or phrase.

  1. To navigate to a selectable text field in the question, press the Tab key.
  2. When the selectable text is in focus, press space. This will open the edit menu.
    • Text box: Type in the replacement word or phrase.
    • Drop-down list: Use the Up and Down arrow keys to move between options in the list. To select an option, press Enter.
  3. Press Tab to navigate to the OK button in the edit menu. Press Enter. The edit menu will close and the question will be back in focus.

 

Text Response Questions

Text 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.

 

Table Match Questions

Table match questions require you to mark at least one checkbox in a table. The table will have multiple rows and columns. The table row heading and column heading are not selectable. The selectable table cells have checkboxes.

  1. After listening to the question text, press the Tab key until the first table cell with a checkbox is in focus.
  2. To navigate to each cell that has a checkbox, press the Tab key.
  3. To mark a checkbox, press space.

Equation Questions

Equation questions require you to enter a math equation or expression in a text field using an on-screen keypad.

  1. To navigate between the keypad buttons, press Tab or Shift + Tab.
  2. To enter a character in the text field or perform an action from the keypad toolbar, press Enter. You can also press the corresponding key on your keyboard, if available.
  3. Optional: To add special characters to the text field, press Alt + 7 with the focus on the text field. A pop-up window opens, with a drop-down list of the available characters. To move between the options in this list, use the arrow keys. To insert the selected character, press Enter.