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iPadOS 13 custom scrollbars

Due to a recent change in the iPadOS 13, students who have upgraded to the new iPadOS will no longer be able to see custom scrollbars in e-asTTle tests. This means that students may not be able to see all of the reading passage or multichoice options needed to answer a question properly.

Younger students, in particular, may try to answer a question even if there is crucial information missing.

Make sure your students check for content on each page if there are no scrollbars.

To see examples of how the pages might, go to these sections on this page.

Ways you can make sure your students scroll

Prior to sitting an onscreen test, give students the opportunity to sit the Practice Tests on their iPad. The first question in both the Reading and Maths Practice tests requires scrolling in order to be able to see all the content.

Immediately before sitting their test, tell students to keep checking that they have scrolled to see all the reading passages and/or all the available multichoice options. If possible, write this reminder on the board.

For students who may find it difficult to read the passages onscreen, you can print out the reading passage by selecting "View Existing Tests", then "Reading Passage" from the Print Options menu. These are only available in Customised Tests.

iOS 13 without custom scrollbar

Screenshot of e-asTTle question in iOS13 without scrollbars on the right hand side. Screenshot shows Question 42 of 44. Read Flying Positions and answer questions 39 – 42. Under the heading Flying Positions is text. Within the text is a drawn picture of a skydiver mid-air. At the bottom of the page is a question and four answers.

In this Reading question, the information needed to answer the question requires scrolling to see the relevant content. 

On some occasions, passages may load onscreen as if their entire content displays, but this is not always the case. Please ensure students always check for more content further down the page.

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iOS 12 with custom scrollbar

Custom scrollbars that are visible by default in iOS12 (and older iOS versions). 

These let students know that there is content not displaying on the screen and that they will need to scroll down to see it.

Screenshot of e-easTTle test question showing grey scrollbar on the right hand side. Screenshot shows Question 42 of 44. Read Flying Positions and answer questions 39 – 42. Under the heading Flying Passages is text. Within the text is a drawn picture of a skydiver mid-air. At the bottom of the page is a question and four answers. On the far right a red ellipse is drawn around the scrollbar.

The red circle shows the scrollbar. It tells students there is content that does not display on the screen, so they they will have to scroll down.

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