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Marking tests

For frequently asked questions about marking tests, please click on the links below.

  What exactly do I enter when I am marking an assignment – the responses of the students or do I need to score them first?

 Tests delivered on paper

All the multi-choice questions require a response entered in the Response column. e-asTTle marks the multiple choice questions for you; all you need to do is select the response (a letter) from the dropdown box corresponding to the bubble the student chose. All other questions require a mark entered in the Mark column. You will need to mark the questions using the Marking Guide. Select Help for further information.

 Tests delivered onscreen

 Closed Questions

All the closed questions (where students select a response) will be automatically marked by the system. The teacher cannot change the marks or responses entered by the student when he/she sat the test online.

 Open Questions

Open questions (where students have to construct a response) need to be marked by the teacher. Select Help for further information.

  When entering responses or marks, how do I know what are the valid characters that can be entered?

In e-asTTle you can only enter responses and marks from the list of possibilities in the dropdown box, which is tailored to each question. There is also a column that lists all the Valid Entries that you can enter.

  How do I score the attitude questions?

 For maths, reading and writing:

'Very Unlike Me' is the weakest indication of the attitude domain, so it is marked as 1. 'Very Like Me' is the strongest indication of the attitude domain, so it is marked as 4.

 For Pānui, Pāngarau and Tuhituhi:

The most unhappy face is first in order, so it gets marked as 1. The most smiley face is fourth, so it gets marked as 4. This means that 1 is a very negative attitude and 4 is a very positive attitude.

  What do I enter if a student selects two or more responses for multiple-choice questions?

Multiple-choice questions require students to select only one answer. A student who selects more than one response on his/her paper test does not know the correct answer. Enter this response as a dash (-). The e-asTTle software will treat the response as wrong.

  How can you record data for the same test given twice to the same students?

Use the Copy Test function to create a copy of the test before entering in the results.

  Somebody else has made a test with the same name as my one. How can I tell which one is mine?

Users are allowed to make tests with the same name, however, you can usually see the name of the owner of the test in any table which lists the test, and so can identify your one. You could also edit your test name in the View Existing Test page, to make it more identifiable.

  Why can't I mark my assignment?

There are a number of reasons why an assignment may be unavailable for marking:

 Paper tests:

  •  The Date Available hasn't passed yet.

 Paper and onscreen tests:

  •  Availability for marking paper and onscreen tests is similar to paper tests. The Due Date must have passed before the test can be marked.

 Onscreen tests:

  •  The test is made up of all closed questions (there is no need to mark this test as the system will mark all the questions for you).
  •  One or more students haven’t sat and submitted the test for marking yet, and the Date Due hasn’t passed. As soon as either all students assigned the test have sat and submitted it or the Date Due has passed, you will be able to mark the test.
  •  No students sat the test onscreen (if no students sat the test, then you cannot enter in any marks).

  If there are a lot of assignments for the same test, how can I tell which assignment is the one that I created?

When you create an assignment, you should print out the Assignments Report (from the Assignment page) and note the Date Available/Date Due and group that was assigned. This will assist you with finding your particular assignment. If you haven't printed an Assignment Report, then go into the assignment you think is yours and check that the list of students included is as expected.

  Do I have to click the Save button after I have entered the responses/marks for a student? How do I know it has saved?

You do not have to hit the Save button every time. Whenever you go onto another student, e-asTTle saves the entries you have just made. It is worthwhile getting into the habit of clicking 'Save' before you exit the marking screen.

 Before exiting the marking screen, you should check that the Marked column has changed to 'Yes' for all the students.

  Why is the Save button not enabled when I am marking a test?

Ensure you have clicked on the student link (the link with the student’s name on the left-hand side of the marking screen) before going to save marks. On some browsers, the Save button will not become enabled until you have clicked on this link.

  Why do I get the message 'There are no open ended questions in this test' when I go to mark my test?

e-asTTle automatically marks all the closed questions (that is, where the student selects a response). If you have an onscreen test made up of 100% closed questions, there is no marking data entry required.

  How does the Finish Today button work – when am I able to mark the test?

When you click the Finish Today button, e-asTTle will update the due date for the test as the current date and the time as 23:59, so the test may be marked on the following day.

  How do I enter stages for a Numeracy Project test?

Click on the Create New Test button on the left hand menu, and then select Numeracy Project. You can then select your test and click on the Enter Stages button to enter stages for students.

  Is it true that the computer will mark the tests? If so, what about subjects or questions without "yes" and "no" answers?

Yes. Teachers are able to choose the proportion of closed and open questions. The more closed questions the teacher selects the more marking that the computer is able to do. Responses to the open-ended questions will be presented in a way that makes them simpler to mark.

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