This article and related video outline a student's experience when taking an assessment.
Watch the video: Student Experience Overview
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Students see their student dashboard when they first log in:
Any available assessments are visible on this screen. A blank screen indicates there are no assessments assigned to the student.
When the student is ready to take an assessment, they should:
If a student is taking an assessment for which enCASE Kiosk is required (for secured testing), students see a padlock icon on the Take Assessment button:
When a student clicks the Take Assessment button, the assessment opens in a secure window to prevent digital cheating. Other details on the enCASE Kiosk experience are available in Using enCASE Kiosk for Secure Testing.
Once a student begins the test, items appear on the left side of the page and item numbers on the right.
Items with passages display the passage on the left:
Some assessments may have a time limit. In this case, students see the elapsed time:
For instructions on adding a Test Duration to set up an assessment timer, review Adding Administration Settings for a Classroom Assessment.
Answering - Students should supply responses for each item. Once an item has been answered, the item number on the right changes from white to gray.
Note: Student answers are saved every 30 seconds.
Navigating - After answering an item (or if they need to skip an item), students can click the blue Next button at the bottom right of the screen. Students can return to a previous item using the left arrow button.
Note: If the assessment contains multiple sections, the student cannot go back to any items in a previous section. However, they are allowed to review the items in a section before proceeding to the next section. For more information, see Reviewing, below.
Pausing - Students can pause their assessment using the Pause button:
This pauses the test temporarily, but prevents students from accessing it.
If this test has a time limit, the timer is paused. Students can click Resume when ready to start again. (Students should click logout (accessible under their name in the top right-hand corner of the screen) before they completely close their browser window.)
Items in some sections may display a Desmos Calculator button in the upper-right corner:
Students may click on the Options Menu icon (located in the upper-right corner) to access other options:
Options may include the following:
Students may use the Notepad controls in the following ways:
Students may use the sticky note controls in the following ways:
Students may click the drawing control icons to do any of the following:
After a student creates a drawing, the following options appear on the Options Menu: Hide drawings (eliminates visible drawings) and Show drawings (makes hidden drawings visible).
Some assessments may include constructed response items that require entering several lines of text. Students may answer online in the space provided. For example:
All options described in the previous section are available to students on constructed response items.
Tip: Students may write answers to constructed response items on paper, rather than online. However, if the teacher wants to enter scores for these items in enCASE, students must enter something in the answer space online, such as their initials, or their names, or a phrase such as "see paper". This allows teachers to grade constructed response items in enCASE.
Students requiring the accommodation will have text-to-speech enabled, which allows them to view a text-to-speech toolbar on their assessments:
Students can hide or display the toolbar by clicking the Options Menu  and selecting the Text-to-Speech link :
See Text-to-Speech Functionality for complete information on using text-to-speech.
Some assessments allow teachers or other proctors to monitor testing while the testing window is open. The proctor can see which students have or have not started the assessment, which have completed it, and what item each student is viewing. Students are not aware of the proctoring, unless a proctor uses proctoring actions to remotely control the student experience. For example, a proctor might pause the testing or submit an assessment for a student and the student is alerted. For example:
For details, refer to Real-Time Proctoring.
At the end of a section and at the end of the entire assessment (prior to completion), a Review button appears. For example:
When the student clicks the Review button, the Review page shows all the items in the section or test. Any items for which the student gave no response are considered "unattempted" and are shown in white. For example:
Note: If the assessment has multiple sections, the Review page shows only items in the current section.
Students may click on any item to go back to it, or they may click the check box next to "Unattempted" to see only the unattempted items. However, they cannot go back to items in any previous sections.
If a student is taking an assessment with multiple sections, they should review their answers, and then click the Next button. A warning appears:
If a student still needs to review answers in the current section, they may click the Cancel button. Or if they are ready to move to the items in the next section, they may click the Continue button.
If the student has reached the end of the test and the final review page, they should review items as needed and click the Finish button.
A submission dialog appears:
At this point the student can either:
If the assessment has a time limit, students may submit at any time, but when they reach the time limit, they are forced to submit.
Failure to Submit: Student answers are saved every 30 seconds to ensure they do not lose any responses if they leave the assessment, close the window, or become disconnected. A student who does not click Submit is recorded on reports as "unsubmitted" but tested. The student may continue the test at any time by logging in again within the testing window. They will be able to see previous responses, make changes, and continue. (In the case of an assessment containing multiple sections, when a student logs back in they will return to the last section in which they were working.)
Submitting Prematurely: If a student submits their assessment prematurely, you may reopen it or mark it for a retake. Review Reopening or Retaking an Assessment for details.
Some classroom assessments may have been scheduled to allow students to see their results (and optionally the correct answers) after they have submitted and completed the assessment. If this is the case, the Student Results Page appears after the student submits the assessment. At the top, it shows an overall percent correct and how each item was scored. For example:
If students are also allowed to see correct answers, the lower part of the Student Results Page displays the test so students may navigate through and look at their answers, including the correct answers for items they scored incorrectly:
For information on displaying student results at the end of a classroom assessment, refer to Adding Administration Settings to a Classroom Assessment.
A student should log out of enCASE by clicking on the down arrow next to their name in the upper-right part of the screen and choosing Logout from the drop-down menu.