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Accommodations for students with disabilities and learning support needs

If you wish to use e-asTTle with students who have identified learning needs, you may choose to give students more time to complete the test. Alternatively, you could use a reader/writer.

If you have made these types of accommodations, carefully consider the purpose of the testing and what valid interpretations can be made when looking at the results.

Reader/writers are generally not recommended for Reading and Writing e-asTTle tests. This is because if a reader for a Reading test is part of the test-taking process, the test is measuring listening comprehension rather than reading comprehension.

In addition, using a writer for an e-asTTle writing test is difficult.

Spelling, Grammar, and Punctuation make up three of the seven Writing elements necessary for generating an overall score. Assessment of the remaining four elements would be much better done by other means than e-asTTle.

When accommodations have been made, use e-asTTle results to inform the teaching and learning of the individual student, rather than for making high-stakes decisions or comparisons with the e-asTTle norms. Such comparisons will be invalid.

Increasing test duration for onscreen tests

It is possible to copy an onscreen e-asTTle test and increase the test duration for students who require this. You can add up to ten minutes of additional time.

You will need to assign the copied test to the relevant students separately.

If you have added extra time, make appropriate provisions in your interpretations of the results.

Vision impairment

For students with vision impairment, choose a paper test that can be blown up to an appropriate size. If a paper test has been increased in this way and if students have been asked to measure lengths in Geometry tests, make allowances for this.

Zooming in on the online version


During usability testing, younger students found accidentally zooming on tablets distracting so zooming has been disabled for tablets.


You may be able to use the online version on a high-resolution desktop or laptop zoomed in to 125%.

Be aware that e-asTTle has not been specifically designed to support this. You will need to experiment with the practice test on the device the student will be using to make sure you have a setup that works. 

e-asTTle requires a minimum 1260px width. Zooming in scales your browser width down. If you zoom too far, e-asTTle will show you a warning page indicating that your browser is not sufficiently wide. You will then need to reload the page and try with a lower zoom level.

Using custom font sizes

Increasing the default or minimum font sizes in your browser settings may prove helpful for students with vision impairment.

However, keep in mind that many questions in e-asTTle are embedded in images.

For example, a passage might be captured inside a picture. All maths equations are also embedded in images, and these will not scale when the font size is adjusted.


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