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Student Experience (includes video)

Student Experience (includes video)

Step 1: Starting the Test

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:

  1. Click Take Assessment, located to the right of the assessment name. A new screen appears.
  2. Click Start when they are ready to begin the assessment.

The enCASE Kiosk Experience

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 they click 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

Step 2: Taking the Test

Once a student starts the test, items appear on the left side of the page and item numbers on the right.

Items with passages show the passage on the left:

Timed Tests

Some assessments may have a time limit. In this case, students see the elapsed time in upper right-hand corner:

Review Adding Administration Settings for a Classroom Assessment for instructions on adding a Test Duration to set up an assessment timer.

Basic Actions

  • 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 about Multiple Sections: If the assessment contains more than one section, 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. See Reviewing, below, for more information.

  • 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.)

  • Calculator - Some items in a section may allow a calculator. This is available via a button in the upper right corner:

Options Menu

Students may click on the menu icon (located in the upper right corner) to access other options: 

These options may include the following:

  • Full Screen - The assessment expands to occupy the entire screen.
  • Notepad - A small dialog appears where students may enter notes to themselves. This dialog stays visible for the entire assessment. 

To minimize the Notepad, click:

To hide the Notepad, click:

or choose Notepad from the menu again. Click Notepad to make it visible again, showing any notes entered previously.

Students may move the Notepad (click and drag the top title bar) or resize it (click and drag the lower right corner):

  • Add sticky note - A small dialog appears where students may enter notes to themselves about an item. These are visible only on the item that is active when students click Add sticky note. There may be more than one sticky note per item.  

To remove a sticky note, click:

To minimize a sticky note, click:

The sticky note becomes visible as:

Students may move a sticky note horizontally (click and drag the top title bar) or resize it (click and drag the lower right corner):

  • Choosing Hide sticky notes hides the notes from view. Click Show sticky notes to make them visible again.
  • Drawing mode - Toggles drawing mode on and off. When turned on, drawing mode allows a student to click and drag in a grid-lined space of the screen to create or edit lines/shapes:

The following drawing controls appear on the screen:

Pencil (select this to draw)

Erase (select this to click on a line and remove it)

Select color (select blue, red, green, or black)

Hide grid (toggles grid lines off and on)

Exit drawing mode (hides grid lines and controls but keeps drawings visible; alternatively, choose Drawing mode again)

  • Choosing Hide drawings eliminates visible drawings.
  • Choosing Show drawings makes hidden drawings visible.
  • Choosing Response Masking enters a mode that allows the student to visually mask/strikeout answer choices they want to rule out. This helps narrow the number of answer choices so they can more easily identify the correct answer. Students click on answer choices to "mask" them. For example, the response of "cardinal", below, is masked:
  • Choosing Flag Item marks an item as one the student may want to revisit. When a student reaches the end of a section or test, the Review page shows flagged items, so a student remembers to go back if they wish.
  • Choose Text-to-Speech to hide the text-to-speech bar. (Refer to the section below for more on text-to-speech functionality.)

Constructed Response Items

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 with the options menu:

See Text-to-Speech Functionality for complete information on using text-to-speech.

Assessment Proctoring

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

Step 3: Reviewing

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 Review, 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 Next. A warning appears:

Students may click Cancel if they still need to review answers in the current section, or click Continue to move to the items in the next section. 

Step 4: Finishing and Submitting

If the student has reached the end of the test and the final review page, they should review items as needed and click Finish.

A submission dialog appears:

At this point the student can either:

  • Go back to the assessment by selecting No or 
  • Submit their assessment for grading, by clicking Yes. A message indicates that their answers have been submitted, and they can click Close:

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.

Step 5: Reviewing Scored Results

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

Step 6: Logging Out

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.

Teachers should refer to Assessment Reports and Assessment Analytics for more information on how to obtain report data.

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