LADS Plus Software structure

LADS Plus for Networks uses two application executable files – the Administration Module (LADSPlusAv605.exe) and the Tests Module (LADSPlusTv605.exe).

By default, LADS Plus for Networks is installed on the server in the application folder, which is chosen when the software is first installed.

Both executable modules read and write data to an SQL database. In addition digital sound and graphics files, the database installer tool and various manuals are also found in the application folder.

The Administration Module

This module is mainly used to manage the database (adding or removing names, archiving) and to view the reports of Users who have been tested. It should not be made available to unauthorised personnel, including ordinary Users.

The Administration Module has password protection (the default password is: lucid ).

The Test Module

The “thin client” part of LADS Plus for Networks, consists of a small msi file (which should be installed onto each client machine) and a shortcut to the test executable file (LADSPlusTv605.exe) which should be found on the server.

For full details of how to deploy the database engine see the Installation Guide for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express (also known as GUIDE 1).

There are two modes of use available from the Tests Module menu:

1. Register first and then start LADS Plus test

This is ‘kiosk mode’ where someone can walk in ‘off the street’ and be tested without needing to have their details pre-registered in the LADS Plus database by someone else. The person enters his/her name, gender and date of birth and can then do the test immediately. The Administrator can set a flag which will allow all users to print out their LADS Plus report immediately after completion of their test. See Settings for details.

2. Already registered – go to LADS Plus test

The person’s name and details will have been pre-registered, usually by an administrator (such as a Disability officer, SENCo or teacher). Alternatively, the user may have already registered his/her details previously but didn’t complete the LADS Plus test first time round and now wishes to do so. When beginning assessment the user must enter either a password (allocated by the administrator) or their own date of birth.

Afterwards he/she is taken to the assessments menu.

In the next section of this guide the two LADS Plus modules will be described in detail, starting with the Administration module.