Testing

Start tests

Once you have created a sitting , tests will be available to start during the Test Start Period in one of the following ways:

  • Start tests manually - the Start test button is clicked by a Testwise user within the Student Progress screen, any time after the beginning of the Test Start Period.
  • Start tests automatically - the test starts automatically at the beginning of the Test Start Period, without any user intervention.

When the Test Start Period has begun and the test has started in Testwise (automatically or manually), students can log into the Test Lobby and take their test.

The Sittings Wizard can be accessed when creating a sitting or changing the details of a sitting.

The following two pages within the Sittings Wizard define the parameters for starting a test:

  • Test Start Period - defines the period within which students can log into the Test Lobby and start their test(s).
  • Test Start Mode - defines the method used to start a test, which can be either manually or automatically.

Start tests manually

Selecting the Manual Test Start option when creating a sitting enables you to run a test in exam style conditions. Although not essential, you may choose to gather your students in one room at any time between the sitting From and To dates, and then check in the Student Progress screen to see whether they have logged in using their access code. Even though students have logged in, they will not be able to begin the test until you click the Start test button. This ensures that all students start at the same time and are subject to the same environmental conditions for the test.

The students can log into the test lobby at any point once they have their access code. But they will be unable to start the test until either the start time has passed or the invigilator has clicked the start test button.

Manually starting a test means that once the Test Start Period has begun, a Testwise user will need to click the Start test button within the Student Progress screen before students can log into the Test Lobby and take their test. When the Start test button is clicked, the Start button on each student’s Test Lobby will become enabled.

You can start an assessment manually if the following criteria have been met:

  • The Manual Test Start option has been selected as the Test Start Mode for the sitting within the Sittings Wizard. See View details of a sitting (page 48) to check the Manual Start option has been selected for the sitting.
  • The Test Start Period has begun, which can be viewed within the Sittings List in the From column for the sitting.

Prior to a Testwise user clicking the Start test button, a student will be able to log into the Test Lobby and view the tests that are allocated to them, but will not be able to click on anything or start the test.

The other way of starting an assessment is for it to start automatically.

To start a test manually

1. Click the Sittings button from the home screen.

All existing sittings are displayed within the Sittings List.

2. Find the sitting you want to start manually and ensure the Test Start Period is about to begin soon, by viewing the date and time in the From column of the Sittings List. You can change the Test Start Period if required, by following the steps in the Change details of a sitting process (page 49).

3. If you want to check that the sitting has been defined as starting manually:

  • Click the Actions button  displayed alongside the sitting.
  • Click the Edit button to display the Sittings Wizard.
  • Click the Next button, until you reach the Test Start Mode page.
  • Ensure that the Manual Test Start option has been selected. If it has not been selected, select it and save the sitting.
  • Navigate back to the Sittings List.

4. Find the sitting you want start manually and click the Progress button displayed alongside it.

The Student Progress screen for the selected sitting is displayed.

5. Click the Start test button to start the sitting manually

Any students who have been added to the sitting and who are logged into the Test Lobby will now be able to click the Start test button and begin their test.

The Start test button within the Student Progress screen will now disappear, as it can only be clicked once.

6. Click the Back button to return to the Sittings List. Notice that the Status for the sitting you just started manually now displays a status of Started.

Each student can now click the Start Test button and complete their test.

7. To return to the home screen, click the Home button.

Start tests automatically

Starting a test automatically means that the test starts without any user intervention when the Test Start Period begins. This means that as soon as the Test Start Period begins, any students who are logged into the Test Lobby will have the Start test button on their test enabled.

The beginning of the Test Start Period is displayed in the From column of the Sittings List.

The other way of starting a test is to start it manually.

To check Automatic Test Start options

1. Click the Sittings button  from the home screen.

All existing sittings are displayed within the Sittings List.

2. Find the sitting you want to start automatically.

3. Ensure the beginning of the Test Start Period is the date and time you require, which is displayed in the From column of the Sittings List. If it is not, you can change the Test Start Period by following the steps in the Change details of a sitting procedure (page 49).

4. Click the Actions button displayed alongside the sitting.

The Edit button and the Download Access Codes button now replace the Sitting Name in the first column.

5. Click the Edit button to display the Sittings Wizard.

6. Click the Next button until you reach the Start Test Mode page.

7. Ensure the Automatic Test Start option is selected. If it has not been selected, select it and save the sitting. Navigate back to the Sittings List.

You have now successfully checked that the settings for an Automatic Test Start have been selected for your sitting.

8. To return to the home screen, click the Home button.

Monitor student progress

Once you have created a sitting , you can monitor the way in which each student is interacting with the system by displaying one of the Student Progress screens.

You can view student progress for all students contained within one or more sittings.

For each assessment, each student will have one of the following progress statuses displayed:

  • Not Started - The student has not yet logged into the Test Lobby and clicked the Start test button.
  • In Progress - The student has logged into the Test Lobby but not yet completed a full test.
  • Marking - The student has completed the test and the results are being processed by the system.
  • Completed - The student has completed the test and the results have been successfully processed and saved within the system.

To view student progress

1. Click the Sittings button from the home screen.

All existing sittings are displayed within the Sittings List. See Understand sitting details (page 61) for information about each column that is displayed.

2. Find the sitting(s) that contain the students whose progress you want to view.

3. Click the Progress button  alongside the sitting name to view the progress of each student within the selected sitting.

4. View the following details within the Student Progress screen:

  • Student Name - the first name and last name of the student
  • Access Code - the unique code that enables each student to log into the Test Lobby to complete the tests that have been allocated to them
  • Logged In - whether the student is currently logged into the Test Lobby. This column will contain either a Yes or No. ‘Yes’ means that the student is currently logged into the Test Lobby and ‘No’ means the student is not currently logged into the Test Lobby.
  • Progress Status - the remaining columns in the Progress Status screen show the names of each of the tests within the sitting and the student progress status for each one.

5. If you want to update the information on the Student Progress screen to reflect any changes in student activity since you opened the screen, click the Refresh button. The Student Progress screen will also refresh automatically at regular intervals.

6. Click the Back button to return to the Sittings List.

7. To return to the home screen, click the Home button.

Multiple sittings

If you want to follow the progress of multiple sittings, please follow these steps

Close sittings

You can close a live sitting at any time and for any number of reasons including the following:

  • The sitting was created in error and is no longer required in the system.
  • You do not want the credits that will be used for the sitting to be taken from your total number of credits at the current time.
  • A sitting has started and you know that one or more of the students will not be logging into the Test Lobby to take their test(s). If you want the credits returned for these students, then you will need to close the sitting.

The following actions occur when you close a sitting:

  • All the credits for all the tests that students have not started will be returned to the total number of credits available.
  • All unused access codes will be disabled, which means they cannot be used by students to log into the Test Lobby.
  • Students who have started their tests will still be able to complete their tests after the sitting has been closed.

Once you have closed a sitting you cannot view or change its details.

To close a sitting

1. Click the Sittings button from the home screen.

All existing sittings are displayed within the Sittings List. See Understand sitting details (page 61) for information about each column that is displayed.

2. Find the sitting that contains the students who will no longer be taking their tests and whose credits you want to have returned.

3. Click the Progress button alongside the sitting name.

The Student Progress screen displays details about how each student is interacting with the system.

4. Ensure that the students who will not be taking the tests have a status of Not Started alongside their names.

5. Click the Close sitting button.

6. Click Yes at the confirmation message.

The Sittings List is displayed and the sitting you have just closed has a Status of ‘Closed’ displayed on it.

This means you cannot edit this sitting or view any access codes for it. Any students who had started their tests within this sitting will continue with the testing process.

7. To return to the home screen, click the Home button.

Archive sittings

You can archive a sitting if you no longer want to display it within the Sittings List.

Archiving is the process of moving older sittings (or sittings that are no longer required) into a different location on your system. You can archive a sitting if you want to reduce the number of sittings within the Sittings List. This could be because you want to make the Sittings List more manageable and make it easier to find current and newer sittings. Whenever you archive a sitting, the following actions occur:

  • The sitting is no longer displayed within the Sittings List.
  • You can no longer change details of the sitting (unless it is restored).
  • Any unused credits from students who did not use their access codes from the sitting will be returned to the Remaining Credits Total once the Test Start Period has elapsed, which means the sitting has expired.

Any students within the sitting can still take their tests using their access codes, until the time when the sitting expires.

When viewing the Sittings List you can display all archived sittings by selecting the Show Archived Sittings Only box within the Filter Pane.

You can restore archived sittings if you want to reverse the archive process, which means any restored sittings will reappear in the Sittings List.

To archive sittings

1. Click the Sittings button from the home screen.

All existing sittings are displayed within the Sittings List.

2. Find the sitting(s) you want to archive and click the check box to the left of each sitting name that you want to archive. You can select multiple sittings if required.

Each time you click the check box for a sitting, notice the following:

  • The check box changes colour.
  • The total number of sittings you have selected is displayed within the Archive button, in the top right corner of the screen.

3. To archive the selected sittings, click the Archive button.

4. Click the Yes button in the message box asking you to confirm the archiving of the selected sitting(s).

A green ‘Sitting(s) Successfully Archived’ message will appear in the bottom right corner of the screen.

Notice that the archived sittings no longer appear in the Sittings List.

5. If you want to display archived sittings, tick the Show Archived Sittings Only box within the Filter Pane. The sitting you just archived will be displayed. To display the Sittings List again, remove the tick from the Show Archived Sittings Only box.

6. To return to the home screen, click the Home button.

Restore archived sittings

You can restore sittings that have been previously archived, if you want to display them within the Sittings List again.

When you restore an archived sitting, it will reappear in the Sittings List with all the details that were previously attached to it.

To restore archived sittings

1. Click the Sittings button from the home screen.

All existing sittings are displayed within the Sittings List.

2. In the Filter Pane, select the Show Archived Sittings Only check box.

All archived sittings are now displayed within the Archived Sittings List.

3. Select the archived sitting(s) you want to restore by clicking the check box to the left of each sitting name. You can select multiple archived sittings if required.

Each time you click the check box for a sitting, notice the following:

  • The check box changes colour.
  • The total number of sittings you have selected is displayed within the Restore button, in the top right corner of the screen.

4. Click the Restore button.

A green ‘Sitting(s) Successfully Restored’ message will appear in the bottom right corner of the screen.

Notice that the restored sitting(s) no longer appear in the Archived Sittings List.

5. To display the Sittings List again, remove the tick from the Show Archived Sittings Only check box.

Notice that the restored sitting(s) now appear within the Sittings List.

6. To return to the home screen, click the Home button.

Understand sitting details

The following information is entered or viewed when working with sittings in the Sittings Wizard:

This information is available when changing sitting details or creating sittings.

Note: The Sitting Name must be unique within the school account.

When viewing sittings, the following information is displayed for each sitting within the Sittings List:

Test-taking instructions for students

Before you begin this test, please ensure you have your Student Access Code with you, which your teacher will have given you.

To take your online test

1. Ensure you have your Student Access Code with you.

2. Open a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

3. Enter https://www.testingforschools.com/code into the address bar on your web browser and press the Enter button.

 

The Student Access screen is displayed.

4. Enter your Student Access Code into the Access code box and click the Login button.

Note: You do not need to enter dashes or spaces between the numbers, as these are already entered on the screen for you.

Note: If the Student Access Code appears to be invalid, please carefully check the characters provided. The letters will always be displayed as lower case, although I (L) and 1 and O and 0 (zero) can easily be mis-read. See below for the generation rules for access codes:

There should be an alpha character within each four-character block.

Alpha characters are not case sensitive. Students can enter them in either upper or lower case, but the system will always display the alpha characters on the Testwise platform page in lower case.

The alpha character should appear at a random point within each four-character block.

The same number cannot appear in the same block three times (e.g. a111-b111 or c111-d222).

The six numeric characters cannot be sequential (e.g. a123-b456 or 987f-654d).

The Test Lobby screen is displayed, containing all the tests that you need to complete

5. Click the Start test button to download your first test.

Note: If the Start test button is not displayed, this is because the Test Start Period has not yet begun or the test has been configured as manual start.

The Download status bar will be displayed while the test is downloading.

6. Once the test has downloaded, follow the on-screen instructions until you have completed the test.

At the end of each test, you will automatically return to the Test Lobby, where you can either:

begin another test by clicking the Start button on the test

or

log out of the Test Lobby if you have completed all tests. You will know when you have completed all the tests allocated to you because each test in the Test Lobby will be ticked.

7. To log out of the Test Lobby, click your name in the top right of the screen and select Logout from the menu.

Note: If you leave the Test Lobby unattended for more than 20 minutes, you will automatically be logged out of the Test Lobby.

8. When you have finished all tests and logged out of the Test Lobby using the Logout menu option, you can close your web browser.