Carrying out screening

The three subtests can be done in any order. The three subtests do not have to be attempted at a single sitting; however, full results cannot be obtained until the student has completed all three subtests.

Screening should be carried out in reasonably quiet surroundings with minimal distractions. Good audio quality is important, so that instructions and items can be heard correctly. If in doubt, use of headphones is strongly recommended. Each subtest is preceded by a demonstration and/or practice items. If the student gets practice items wrong, the program will give more practice. Upon completion of the practice phase, the test will start.

Students typically become engrossed in the subtests and enjoy doing them. Nevertheless, younger students should be supervised during the screening to ensure they fully understand what is required of them. Older students, once they have been registered and got started, can usually be left to their own devices with little need for adult intervention. Most of the subtests in Rapid are adaptive, that is, the program will automatically adjust the difficulty of the items to suit the ability of the student. This means that some students may receive different items and different numbers of items to other students. In general, the items get harder the longer the subtest continues. Research has shown that adaptive tests are much speedier and more efficient than conventional tests, so the subtests in Rapid are as short as they possibly can be whilst still yielding accurate results.

If for any reason all three of the subtests are not completed in one sitting, it is possible to complete the remaining ones later. Completed subtests will be clearly marked with a tick.