Contents


Test Rules

Basic Test Rules

Navigation Rules


Overview of the Student Interface

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

Sample Test Layout

Sample Test Page

There are two types of test tools available:


Available Test Tools

Science

The following tools are available for Science.

Tool Notes

Calculator

This tool is only available for the following tests:

  • Science 5, 8, and HS

Comments

Expand/Collapse Stimulus/Passage and Question

Help [?]
Highlighter
Language Toggle This tool is only available for the Science tests.
Line Reader  
Mark for Review
Masking
Pause See the Pause Rules below.
Periodic Table

This tool is only available for the following tests:

  • Science 8 and HS
Print on Request This tool is only available on sample tests when turning Guest Session off and testing with a TA.
Strikethrough
System Settings
Text-to-Speech
Text-to-Speech Tracking  
Tutorial
Zoom buttons

The following Pause Rules apply to Science:


ELPA

The following tools are available for the ELPA assessments.

Tool Notes

Comments

Expand/Collapse Stimulus/Passage and Question

Help [?]
Highlighter
Line Reader  
Mark for Review

Masking

Pause

See the Pause Rules below.

Print on Request This tool is only available on sample tests when turning Guest Session off and testing with a TA.
Select Previous Version
Strikethrough
System Settings
Tutorial
Zoom buttons

The following Pause Rules apply to the ELPA:


Math and ELA

The following tools are available for Math and ELA.

Tool

Notes

Audio Transcripts

This tool is only available for listening questions on the ELA tests.

American Sign Language

This tool is available for the following tests:

  • Listening questions on the ELA tests
  • All questions on the Math tests
Calculator

This tool is only available for the following tests:

  • Math 6, 7, 8, and High School
Comments
Dictionary This tool is only available for ELA Performance Task assessments.

Expand/Collapse Stimulus/Passage and Question

Global Notes This tool is only available for ELA Performance Task assessments.
Help [?]
Highlighter
Line Reader  
Mark for Review

Masking

Notepad

This tool is available for the following tests:

  • ELA and Math Computer Adaptive Tests
  • Math Performance Task assessments
Pause See the Pause Rules below.
Print on Request This tool is only available on sample tests when turning Guest Session off and testing with a TA.
Select Previous Version
Strikethrough
System Settings
Text-to-Speech For ELA, some passages will not be read aloud.
Text-to-Speech Tracking  
Tutorial
Word List (Glossary)
  • The English Glossary is available for ELA and Math tests.
  • Foreign Language Glossaries are available for Math tests.
Zoom buttons

The following Pause Rules apply to ELA and Math Computer Adaptive Tests:

 

The following Pause Rules apply to ELA and Math Performance Task assessments:


Tool Descriptions

Global Tools

Description

Audio Transcripts Provides a written transcript of the audio stimuli that can be read by screen readers, or functions as a static document for students who cannot keep up with the closed captioning. JAWS may take the written transcript and send it to a refreshable Braille display if the student uses that functionality. Available for ELA listening passages that have closed captioning.
Calculator To open the on-screen calculator, select the Calculatorcalculator button button.
Dictionary To open the on-screen dictionary, select the Dictionarydictionary button button. Note: The dictionary works like any other online dictionary. Enter words to look up definitions or synonyms.
Global Notes To open an on-screen notepad, select the Notesnotes button 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.
Help The help button button at the top right opens this Test Instructions and Help page.
Language Toggle For items and stimuli on the Science test that have content in two languages, such as English and Spanish, you can select the language in which to display the content for easier readability. By default, the item will be presented in the language specified at the beginning of the test, so when Presentation = Spanish, the item will be presented in Spanish. To switch the language, select the Language Toggle button Language Toggle Tool in the global menu.
Line Reader

To highlight an individual line of text in a passage or question, select the Line Readerline reader button.

Line Reader must be enabled.

Masking

To temporarily cover a section of the test screen, use the Maskingmasking button tool.

To use the Masking tool:

  1. Select the Masking button. The button will become orange.
  2. Click and drag until the area you want to cover is fully selected. (The preview will have a blue dashed border.)
  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. To remove a masked area, select X in the upper-right corner of that area.

Pause To pause the test, select the Pausepause button button. You can pause your test at any time. You will be presented with a warning message asking you to verify that you want to pause the test.

Periodic Table

To open an on-screen periodic table of elements, select the Periodic Tableperiodic table button button.
System Settings The cog icon cog wheel icon at the top right allows you to adjust volume during the test.
Zoom buttons Select the Zoom Inzoom in button button to make the text and Resources/Images in the test bigger. Select the Zoom Outzoom out button button to make the text and Resources/Images smaller again. You can zoom in and out up to four levels.

These tools are for passages and questions. To use these tools, click the context menu context menu button.

Context Menu Tools

Description

American Sign Language

Watch a video of test content translated into ASL.

  • To use this tool, select ASL iconAmerican Sign Language.
    • If only one ASL video is available, the video opens automatically.
    • If multiple ASL videos are available, sign language icons American Sign Language Icon appear next to the test content for each video. Select the icon for the test content you wish to translate into ASL.
Comments To provide feedback for a question, select notepad iconComments from the context menu and either type in your comment or select a comment option from the drop-down list that appears.
Expand/Collapse Stimulus/Passage and Question

You can expand the stimulus/passage section, or the question section for easier readability.

  • To expand the stimulus/passage section, select the right arrow icon Right Arrow Icon at the vertical line separating the stimulus and question sections. To collapse the expanded stimulus/passage section, select the left arrow icon Left Arrow Icon .
  • To expand the question section, select the left arrow icon Left Arrow Icon at the vertical line separating the stimulus and question sections. To collapse the expanded question section, select the right arrow icon Right Arrow Icon .
Highlighter

Highlight a section of text in a passage or test question.

  • Select text on the screen, and then select highlight iconHighlight Selection from the context menu. Next, select an option from the list of colors that appears. The selected text will become highlighted in the selected color.

Notes:

  • Text in Resources/Images cannot be highlighted.
Mark for Review To mark a question for review, select mark for reviewMark for Review from the context menu. The question number displays a dog-eared flap 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.
Notepad To enter notes for a question, select notepadNotepad from the context menu. The notepad window opens. After you enter a note, a pencil icon note icon appears next to the question number.
Select Previous Version To review and restore responses previously entered for an open-response question, select the select previous versionSelect Previous Version option from the context menu. A list of saved responses appears. Select the appropriate response and click Submit.
Strikethrough

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 iconStrikethrough.
  2. Select each answer option you wish to strike out.
  3. To deactivate Strikethrough mode, press Esc or click outside the response area.

Option B:

  1. Right-click on an answer option and select strikethrough iconStrikethrough.

Text-to-Speech

To listen to stimuli and items, select a speak option from the context menu.

  • Text-to-Speech for stimuli/passages and/or questions is available by selecting the desired option in the Text-to-Speech drop-down menu under Embedded Designated Supports.
Text-to-Speech Tracking When this tool is enabled, words become highlighted as TTS reads them aloud.
Tutorial Each question has a tutorial video that you can watch to learn more about that type of question. To use this tool, select tutorial iconTutorial from the context menu. The video will open on the screen.
Word List (Glossary) A glossary is available for selected words in passages and questions. To open the glossary, click or tap a word that has a dashed line above and below it.


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

About Print-on-Request

How to print test content:

About Text-to-Speech

You can listen to test instructions, passages, and questions as appropriate.

How to listen to test content: