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Sitting tests

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

  I've created an onscreen test but I want to administer it as a paper test – can I do this?

Yes – but only if the test is still in a Pending state. You will need to go back into the e-asTTle application, select Edit Test Settings and change the delivery method. Please note that it is unlikely you will get the same set of questions.

If a test is in an Accepted or Scored state, you cannot change the delivery method.

A test must be administered using the delivery method specified during the test creation process.

  How long before the assignment's due date can a student begin to sit a test?

A student can start sitting a test right up until the Due Date/time. So, if the Due Date/time is 01/04/2008 14:00, the student could start the test at 01/04/2008 13:59. The student will then have the total test time available to sit the test, that is, he/she won't have to stop one minute later, at 14:00.

  How long is an e-asTTle writing test?

Allow students 40 minutes to complete each test. This does not include the time they need to fill in the cover, answer the attitude questions, complete the data about themselves, or do the practice questions. They should have 40 minutes for answering the questions.

If you do give students longer, you will need to take this different administration procedure into account when interpreting students' performance against the norm population performance. Extra time may help your children do better than the norm population who only had 40 minutes.

  Where can students get help troubleshooting problems that occur during testing?

There are several technical problems students could encounter while sitting a test. If an error message displays, students should first try to follow the instructions and/or use the buttons provided to resolve the error – rather than refreshing the screen or closing and re-opening the window. Refreshing or closing and reopening the test window can result in the system having to unnecessarily reload everything that is required for the test. This may take some time and puts extra load on the e-asTTle server.

The information on the e-asTTle Help –Troubleshooting page covers the different types of error messages students might see in e-asTTle and under what scenario you would expect to see them.

  What do I need to know about the new student portal and test player?

Changes were made in 2016 giving the student portal a new look and feel, and to the online test player used for Reading, Maths, Pānui, and Pāngarau tests.

This e-asTTle Help – New student portal and test player FAQs page provides information about the changes and advises on the types of problems that can happen. It includes information for users of Chromebooks, Internet Explorer, and mobile devices, and future improvements to the e-asTTle tool.

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