Overview of the Test Site

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

Sample Test Page

Sample Test Page

There are two types of test tools available:

Menu Tools

Menu Tools Instructions

Help (?) button

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

Questions drop-down list

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

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

The calculator is available for the following tests: Grades 6-8 Mathematics; Secondary Mathematics I, II, and III; grades 4-8 Science; Biology; Chemistry; Earth Science; and Physics.


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


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

Note: This formula sheet is available for Physics.


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

  1. Select the Masking button in the tools 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.


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

(Notes appear only for the test opportunity you are taking.)

Periodic Table

To view the on-screen periodic table, select Periodic Table in the tools menu.

Note: The Periodic Table sheet is available for Chemistry.

Scoring Guide

To view the on-screen scoring guide, select Scoring Guide in the tools menu.

Note: The Scoring Guide is available for Writing tests.

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.

Question Tools

These tools require you to select the context menu button for a stimulus (passage) or question. When you select the context menu, a list of available options appears. You can also right-click anywhere in a stimulus or question area to view the context menu.

Question Tools Instructions
American Sign Language

You can watch videos that translate test content into American Sign Language (ASL). To view ASL videos:

  1. From the context menu, select American Sign Language.
    • If only one ASL video is available, the video opens automatically.
    • If multiple ASL videos are available, sign language icons ASL icon appear next to the test content for each video. Select the icon for the test content you wish to translate into ASL.

Note: This tool requires you to have the ASL accommodation turned on.

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

Test Rules

Navigation Rules

Pause (Log Out) Rules

For Math, Science, and ELA: Reading and Listening:

For ELA: Writing:

Writing is divided into two essay sections, each with one written response required. You can pause the Writing sections at any time.

About Text-to-Speech

If you are testing with Text-to-Speech, you can listen to instructions, passages, and questions in the test. For ELA tests, some passages are not read aloud.

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