Is the student prepared for the task?
It is important that the student understands the nature of the task, how to indicate responses, and when to respond (essentially when the subtests will allow them to respond). Students should not be allowed to take the subtests if they are unwell, as results are likely to be unreliable. In general, students will experience no difficulty in understanding the instructions spoken by the computer and in following the practice tasks. This should enable them to progress to the test phase without special attention from the teacher. However, if the student does not understand any instructions the teacher may express them again in a more suitable manner. For example, in Mobile phone some younger students may not fully understand what ‘order’ means. Here the teacher may give examples of what is a correct order (and what is an incorrect order) to aid comprehension. Explaining and re-expressing the task requirements to the student may continue into the demonstration and practice stages of each subtest. This is particularly useful for any student who is experiencing problems in understanding the true nature of the task. It is often easier for the student to comprehend the task requirements through experience of the practice stages, than by more abstract oral explanation. Once the test items commence, there should be no further aid given to the student.