Choosing a test type

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Different subjects have different test types available. The main types are Customised, Adaptive and Writing prompts.

Subject Type
Maths Custom, Adaptive
Reading Custom, Adaptive
Pangarau Custom
Panui Custom
Writing Writing Prompt
Tuhituhi Writing Prompt (Task)

If you already have a test you like, the ‘Copy test’ and ‘Create Similar Test’ functions allow you to use it as a template. You must copy a test when administering it to a new group of students if you want them to be reported separately. See more about Copy/Create Similar Test

Choosing Custom versus Adaptive test types

For Maths and Reading, you must choose between a Custom or Adaptive test.

Custom tests are the most popular test type. With a Custom test, you have the most control over tailoring your test to your specifications. You can see all the questions before your students sit it. For onscreen Custom Reading tests, you can print a reading passage booklet for students to read on paper.

Adaptive tests are onscreen-only tests which adjust to students’ performance as they sit each stage. There are some advantages to using Adaptive tests, particularly if you do not have much information about your students’ previous performance. However, Adaptive tests also have limitations that need to be considered carefully. More details about Adaptive tests

Key Differences:

Difference Custom Adaptive
Delivery Mode Paper or onscreen Onscreen only
Viewing tests Able to view all questions Able to view first stage only
Replace questions Allowed Not allowed
Question Types Closed and open Closed only
Marking required Data entry required for paper, Marking open questions required for onscreen 100% computer marked
Difficulty selections Chosen by you Boundaries chosen by you, difficulty adapts during the test
Reading passage booklets Available Not available