Online Test Directions

Math and ELA Smarter Balanced

How to Move Through the Test

Pause Rules

Overview of Test Screen

Sample Test Page

Tools

You can use these tools by clicking the buttons at the top of the screen.

Tools Description

Questions Drop-Down List

questions drop-down list

Click the [Questions] button to move to a different question. If you mark a question for review, there will be a flag next to the question number.

Progress Bar

Progress Bar

The “Progress Bar” shows how much of the test you have finished.

Back and Next

navigation buttons

Click the [Back] and [Next] buttons to move between screens.

  • Click the [Back] button to go back to the previous question or screen.
  • Click the [Next] button to go to the next question or screen. You must answer every question on a screen to continue.

Save

save button

The [Save] button lets you save your work when answering a question. Your answers are saved when you move to another question. You do not have to use the [Save] button.

End Test

end test button

The [End Test] button only shows on the screen with the last test question. Click the [End Test] button after completely answering all the test questions.

Check with your teacher before clicking the [End Test] button.

Help

question mark button

Click the [?] button to open these Online Test Directions.

System Settings

System Settings Icon

Tests with audio only:

Click the [System Settings] button to change the audio volume.

Pause

pause button

Click the [Pause] button to pause the test. If you pause the test, then you will be logged out.

Check with your teacher before clicking the [Pause] button.

Line Reader

Line reader button

Click the [Line Reader] button to focus on one line of text at a time. Click where you want the Line Reader, then use the up and down arrows to move the Line Reader.

Zoom

zoom buttons

Click the [Zoom Out] button to make the words on the screen smaller.

Click the [Zoom In] button to make the words on the screen bigger.

Calculator

Calculator button

Math Only:

Click the [Calculator] button to open the calculator. You can use the calculator for some questions on grades 6–8 and high school math tests.

Notes

note button

ELA Performance Task Only:

Click the [Notes] button to write notes during part 1 of the Performance Task. These notes will show in part 2 of the Performance Task when you click the [Notes] button again.

Dictionary

dictionary button

ELA Performance Task, Part 2 Only:

Click the [Dictionary] button to look up a definition or synonym. Type a word in the box then click “Dictionary” or “Thesaurus.”

Menu

You can use the Menu by clicking the three lines context menu button.

Menu Description

Tutorial

tutorial tool

Click [Tutorial] to see a short video. The video shows how to answer that type of question.

Notepad

notepad tool

Click [Notepad] to type notes for a question. After you type your notes, click [Save and Close]. A pencil picture note icon then shows up next to the question number.

Mark for Review

mark for review tool

Click [Mark for Review] on questions you want to look at again later. The box around the question number changes to show a flap in the corner marked question number and a flag picture flag icon shows next to the question number.

Highlighter

highlighter tool

Click [Highlight Selection] to highlight words. There are two ways to highlight.

1: Left-click and drag across words you want to highlight. Then right-click on the words and choose [Highlight Selection]. Then select a highlight color.

2: Left-click and drag across words you want to highlight. Then click the Menu and select [Highlight Selection]. Then select a highlight color.

Use [Remove Highlight] to remove some highlighting. Left-click and drag across the highlighting you want to remove. Then choose [Remove Highlight].

Use [Reset Highlighting] to remove all highlighting.

Pictures cannot be highlighted.

Strikethrough

strikethrough tool

Click [Strikethrough] to cross out answer choices for multiple-choice questions. There are two ways to use [Strikethrough].

1: Right-click an answer choice and choose [Strikethrough].

2: Open the Menu and choose [Strikethrough]. Click answer choices to cross them out. Click outside the answer area or press the [Esc] key when you are done.

Other Tools

You can use these tools on some questions.

Other Tools Description

Expand

expansion button

Some screens have information on the left side and questions on the right side.

Click the expansion button button to make the left side wider. This can make the information easier to read. Click the expansion button button again to go back to a normal view.

Glossary/Translation

glossary word

glossary window

Some words have a gray line above and below them. Click on these words to see a definition, a translation, or both.