The test session

Introducing the test

Please convey the following information to your class, adapting as required.

Before the test

Today you are going to take a science test. All instructions are given through the voiceover and you should listen carefully to make sure you understand what you have to do. (All directions, examples and practice items are part of the test and are delivered via the audio.)

This test will take you about an hour.

You must not talk to each other.

If you have any questions during the test, you should put up your hand and wait for me/someone to come to you. I cannot help you to answer any questions but I can read words if you need me to. [You should not explain word meanings.]

It does not matter if you find the questions difficult, just try your best. If you cannot answer a question, you should carry on with the other questions and come back to the difficult ones if there is time. Do not copy anybody else’s work.

When you have finished go back and check your answers.

Do you have any questions?

First we will try some practice questions, so listen carefully. Stop when you have finished the practice questions.

Click on the ‘Take Now’ button.

Once all the students have completed the practice questions...

Now we will start the test. Click on the ‘Start Test’ button.

While the students are taking the test the teacher should walk around to check that they are progressing appropriately, that they can use the Next and Back buttons, that they are not having difficulty with the methods of answering and, importantly with digital tests, that they have not rushed through any part of the test without attempting to answer some questions.

Accessing the test

For information on Sittings visit:

https://help.testingforschools.com/display/HOH/Sittings

The test starts with some examples to show the students how to answer the questions.

This is one of the examples:

Students will then be given practice questions to work through at their own pace and go back to see again what they need to do.

During the test, students use the Next and Back buttons to navigate through the questions. The audio tells the students this, but you may want to check as you invigilate that they understand how to do this.

At the end of the test

At the end of the test, the following screen will appear:

Once students have ended the test, their results will be saved automatically.

Please note: Students must not try to exit the test or close the screen by clicking on the cross at the top right-hand corner as this will cause results to be lost.