The Test Environment
Each pupil will need a PC, headphones and mouse and all equipment needs to be in good working order. Pupils should be told that they are going to take a reading test and explained the purpose of the test: ‘to find out what you can door where you may need help’ or ‘to let your teacher next year know what you can do’. Pupils should be told that they must work in silence but that if they have a query they should raise their hand and wait for the teacher to approach them. Answer any questions at this stage and explain that you cannot help with any of the test questions but that they should try to do their best and at the end go back and check their work.
While pupils are taking the test the teacher should walk round the computer suite to check that they are progressing appropriately, that they are not having difficulty with the methods of answering questions and, importantly with digital tests, that they have not rushed through any part of the test without attempting to answer some questions.