Is the testing environment satisfactory?

The ideal testing environment is one that is reasonably quiet, with minimal distractions. However, CoPS was designed to use in the ordinary classroom, where distractions are often unavoidable. Visual and auditory distraction (both to the student being tested and to other students in the class) should be minimised. It is recommended that the computer or tablet and the student are positioned in such a way that the student is not looking directly at the rest of the class, nor should the rest of the class easily be able to see the screen. The best position for this is usually in the corner of the room. To minimise auditory distraction, headphones should be used (these are strongly recommended for Wock, unless the testing environment is very quiet). Two pairs of headphones will be required – one for the student and one for the teacher – with a splitter. Inexpensive lightweight headphones will be adequate (but not the type that are inserted into the ear).

The student should be sitting comfortably at a suitable level in front of the screen (not too high or low in order to see the screen satisfactorily). It is not recommended that students attempt the tests standing up, as they are more likely to move about and alter the angle at which the screen is viewed – this can lead to failure to see everything that is happening on the screen, and can also disrupt the student’s response accuracy and time. The teacher should check for reflections on the screen from windows and lights that could impair the student’s perception. To do this the teacher should check by viewing the screen from the same position that the student will adopt.

It is not recommended that students attempt the tests when other students are standing or sitting in a position in which they can become involved in the task or act as a distraction. It will be hard for other students to inhibit their responses and their behaviour may influence the decisions of the student being tested.