The Student Portal is where students can take online assessments, view their test results, and access personal resources. This document will review how to take an Answer Key Only (AKO) assessment in the Student Portal, including the use of tools that may be available.
Please see the Help documents, Student Portal: Navigating the Launchpad and Student Portal: Reviewing Scores, for more information.
Where to Start
From the Top Menu Bar, select Assessments (1a), then click on the Start arrow next to the assessment name as instructed by your Test Administrator (1b). [Note: You may only take an assessment when it shown as Available in the Status column. If it is shown as Unavailable, check with your Test Administrator for instructions.]
Or, click on the TAKE ASSESSMENTS Flip Card (1c), then click on the assessment name as instructed by your Test Administrator (1d). If a PIN is not required, you may begin taking the test as soon as you click on the assessment name.
Entering a 4-Digit PIN
As a security measure, some assessments may require you to enter a 4-Digit PIN before you can take the assessment. The same PIN will be provided to all test-takers by the Test Administrator. The PIN will expire 30 minutes after it is first used by a test-taker.
- Once you access the assessment as shown in Step 2, if a PIN is required, a window will appear. Enter the PIN your test administrator has given you in the box.
- Click on Start Test.
Taking the Assessment
- The Assessment Name and Number of Items (test questions) will appear at the top left.
- Student Name: Click on the down arrow to view the header. Click on the up arrow to close the header. [Note: The Logout button is not available in the header during a test.]
- Assessment Questions: The entire test appears on the left side of the screen. Use the scroll bars to scroll up/down and left/right. The online answer sheet appears on the right side where you will enter your answers. Use the blue scroll bar to scroll up and down to view the entire answer sheet.
- Up/Down arrows: Return to the top of the test.
- Test Page number: Shows the current page out of the total number of pages.
- Magnify view: Use the -/+ symbols or the drop down menu under Full Width to magnify the assessment text.
- Expand the Questions: Click on the arrow to expand the test questions to full screen. [Note: The online answer sheet may not be expanded.]
- Tool Box: Contains tools you may use during the test. (See Step 4)
- Done View Results: Click here when your test is ready for scoring. (See Step 7)
- Exit Testing: If for any reason, you must stop taking the test, or if you are directed by your Test Administrator to do so, select Exit Testing. Your work will be saved, but you will be logged out of the testing session. You may be able to log in again to continue taking the assessment, given the time window is still open and you have permission from the Test Administrator. You may need to be given another PIN if one is required.
- By Item Tools: Additional tools that may be available for use with specific items. (See Step 5)
The tools that may be available to you are determined by the Test Administrator and/or Test Creator.
Click on the Tool Box icon to open and select the tools and calculator you wish to use. Check the box(es) of the tools you want. Uncheck a box to put the tool away. Then click on Close. You will need to select the tools again when you move to the next item
Graph: You can use virtual graph paper to add points and form lines.
Line Reader: This is an adjustable, movable box (orange) that can help you track text more easily. Click the padlock icon on the right to lock the reader in one place, so you can scroll through the text while using the line reader.
Periodic Table: This is an interactive periodic table. Click on an element to enlarge it and see a more detailed view.
Protractor: The protractor is transparent so you can move it over a question to measure angles. You can rotate the protractor by clicking and dragging on the curved arrow in the circle.
Ruler: The ruler is transparent so you can move it over a question to measure lengths in inches or centimeters. You can rotate the ruler by clicking and dragging on the curved arrow in the circle.
The three levels of calculators are Advanced, Basic or Scientific. Which one(s) are available to you depends on the grade level and content of the assessment items and the policy of the Test Creator or Test Administrator. Only one may be open at a time. Tutorials on using each of the calculators are at http://learn.desmos.com/.
The Advanced calculator includes the ability to perform graphing. Use the “functions” button to access trigonometric and other functions.
The Basic calculator is called a “four-function” calculator, but does have a square root key and the ability to group expressions with parentheses. There are also undo and redo buttons (the left and right curved arrows, respectively).
The Scientific calculator can evaluate more complicated expressions and includes trigonometric functions.
By Item Tools
Some tools are specific to each item such as the Flag, Notes, Answer Eliminator, and Equation Editor.
Flag: Click on the Flag icon to flag an item for attention later. The flag will turn green. Unclick to remove the flag.
You’ll be reminded when you complete the test that there are flagged items to review before submitting your test for scoring.
Notes: Click on the bubble to make a note to yourself and/or to your teacher. The note is moveable and resizable. Click on the diagonal arrows to resize. Click and drag the note to move it to another location on the screen. There are icons for Cut/Copy/Paste in the upper right hand corner. Click on Save or Cancel to close the note.
Answer Eliminator: Click on the circle with an X and it will turn orange. You can use this tool to cross out answers you know are incorrect to eliminate them. Unclick the cross-outs and the icon to remove.
Equation Editor (for Constructed Reponse Items): The Equation Editor is part of the CKEditor text box formatting tools. There are four levels of editors: Elementary (shown below), Algebra, Algebra with Trigonometry, and Advanced. Writ the equation in the space provided and click OK to enter it into the text box for scoring.
The Test Creator may include a scoring rubric to view as you are answering a constructed response item.
- Click on the Student Rubric icon. It will turn orange and the rubric window will open.
- Move or resize the rubric window as desired by clicking on the arrows. Click and drag the window to reposition it on the screen.
- Click on the x to close.
Done - Review Results
- When you have answered all the items on the test, click on Done View Results.
- A Submit Alert message will appear giving you an opportunity to review your answers, or submit for scoring. Review Items takes you back to the test. Submit for Scoring scores your test.
- Percent Correct: Your test score can be viewed. Note the message in red that some items still need to be hand scored (the constructed response and short answer items).
- View Time Used, Number of Items in the Assessment, Items Answered Correctly and Incorrectly, and the Number of Items Not Yet Scored.
- Thermometer: A visual image of a thermometer may appear filled with a color representing your total score.
Viewing Test Scores
Depending on Test Security measures, you may be able to view the test results details immediately.
- Click on Scores in the Top Menu Bar.
- Find the test you wish to review and click on View Result.
Please see the Help Document, Student Portal: Reviewing Scores for more information. To learn more about the Student Portal in SchoolCity, see the guides in SchoolCity, Student Portal.