Tips for taking the COMPUTER BASED TESTS
It’s almost time to take the Computer Based Exams (FCAT 2.0 and EOC)! Here are some important explanations and reminders to help you do your very best.
You will receive a Student Authorization Ticket on the day of testing. You will need the Login ID number and Test Code at the bottom of the ticket to log in to the test. Computer-Based Tests 3
When your test administrator tells you to do so, you will enter the Login ID and Test Code printed on your ticket in the boxes on the login screen. Computer-Based Tests 4
Computer-Based Tests • You may use any of the tools at the top of the screen to help you with your test. TestNav TestHear
Computer-Based Tests The Pointer Tool You will use this tool to select your answer to each question. You can also click the pointer tool to turn off other tools. TestNav TestHear 6
Computer-Based Tests The Eliminate Choice Tool You can use this tool to cross out answer choices that you have eliminated as possible correct answers. TestNav TestHear 7
Computer-Based Tests The Highlighter Tool You can use this tool to highlight portions of a reading passage, a question, or a graphic. TestNav TestHear 8
Computer-Based Tests The Eraser Tool You can use the eraser tool to remove highlighting and to erase an X from an eliminated choice. To erase highlighting, with the eraser tool selected, click anywhere in the highlighted area. TestNav TestHear 9
Computer-Based Tests The Notepad Tool When you click this tool, a notepad appears in a pop-up window. You can type notes for a passage or item, and the notes will stay with that passage or item. TestNav TestHear 10
Computer-Based Tests The Help Tool You can click this tool for information on how the other tools work. TestNav TestHear 11
Navigating through the Test • Use the buttons at the bottom of the screen to move through the test. TestNav TestHear
The Back button takes you to the previous item. The Reset button clears your answer. The Go To button takes you to the item review screen. The Next button takes you the next item. The Review button marks an item for review. Navigating through the Test 13
Finishing the Test • Click the Go To button and check the Item Review Screen to ensure you have answered all the items, and go back to questions you have marked for review.
Submit Button • Only press the Submit button on your test when you are sure you are completely done. You cannot go back into your test once it is submitted. TestNav TestHear
Remember… When you come to the stop sign at the end of a session, do not go on to the next session.
Computer-Based Tests You will learn more about the test and be able to practice using the tools and answering items when you take an ePAT practice test. 17
Test Invalidation You have probably heard the term test invalidation, and it’s important for you to understand what it means so it won’t happen to you!
Test Invalidation If a test is invalidated, it means that it will not be scored. If your test is invalidated, you will not receive an FCAT 2.0 score, and you will not be able to retake the same test.
To make sure your test is scored. . . • Remove all electronic devices. If you have an electronic device at your desk, in your pocket, or ANYWHERE you can reach it during testing,your test will not be scored.
Electronic Devices Some examples of electronic devices are: • Cell phones or smart phones • Handheld video games • MP3 players • Calculators (unless you are allowed to have an approved calculator)
All electronic devices must be turned off before the test. Your teacher may collect them or instruct you to put them away (in a locker or backpack away from your desk). • If you aren’t sure if something is an electronic device, please ask your teacher before the test.
To make sure your test is scored. . . • Do your own work. If you are caught looking at another student’s answers, talking about the test with other students during breaks, or using any kind of unauthorized aid (cheat sheet, calculator, etc.) during the test, your test will not be scored.
To make sure your test is scored. . . • Respect others. If you are disruptive during a test, you may be dismissed from the room and your test will not be scored. It is very important for you to remain quiet, respect other students, and pay attention to the instructions.
To make sure yourtest is scored. . . • Make sure you don’t take the same test twice. You may only take a subject test once during each FCAT 2.0 administration.
To make sure yourtest is scored. . . • Don’t leave campus. If you leave the school’s campus for lunch or an appointment before you finish taking a test, you will not be allowed to complete the test.
Remember… • During the test you may not: • Work ahead in another session • Change any answers from previous sessions • Look at another student’s answers • Allow another student to look at your answers • Have notes, scratch paper, or electronic devices
Remember… • You may not ask for help in answering any test questions. • Your teacher or test administrator is not allowed to help you read, understand, or answer test questions. • Try to answer every question.
Remember . . . • Once you submit your test, you cannot go back. Be sure to check your answers and try to answer every question before turning in your test.
Remember . . . • During breaks and after testing, it’s important that you don’t talk about the test questions with friends, classmates, or other students.
Remember. . . • This may not be your first time taking the FCAT 2.0, but tests and instructions can change at each grade level, so be sure to PAY ATTENTION!
Most importantly: • Get a good night’s sleep and eat a good breakfast before the test. • Relax and do your best!