Finding and sitting a test

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Finding a Test

When students log into the Student Portal, they are taken straight to the Sit test screen. All onscreen tests that have been assigned to them and are ready to be sat will display.

Test Details and Instructions

Test Details

Selecting a test name button will bring up information about the test and an option for students to start it. Remind students to only select ‘Yes’ when they’re sure they are ready to start. Once they click ‘yes’ their test time has started – there’s no way to pause the timer!

On the information page, students can see details such as how many questions are in the test and how long the test will be.

For younger students, it may be helpful for you to read out loud the information with them.



Parts of a Test

Attitude Questions

All e-asTTle tests start with a set of attitude questions. The set of attitude questions and the time allocated is selected when creating a test.
To answer the questions, the student will need to compare themselves against each statement by selecting the appropriate grey box.
The student will be automatically ‘pushed’ to the next section when the allocated time is over. If a student finishes early they can select the ‘Next’ button to start the next section.
Click here for further information on the different attitude sets.

attitude questions

Look-over Time

Most e-asTTle tests will have had look-over time set when they were created (the default is 2 minutes).
Look-over time is time to ‘get ready’ for the test, over-and-above the time allowed to answer questions. It’s a good opportunity for students to become familiar with the questions they will need to answer, and to make sure all questions have loaded correctly.
While in look-over time, the questions are read-only, that is, questions cannot be answered. If a student attempts to answer a question, a message will flash yellow to remind them that they are still in look-over time.
When look-over time runs out, the student will be automatically ‘pushed’ to the beginning of the main test. If a student finishes early they can select the ‘click here to start answering’ link at the top of the screen.
Note: Look-over time is never available for adaptive tests as the test questions that are generated are dependent on how the student answers the previous mini-tests.


Answering Questions

When a student has entered an answer, they can either use ‘Next’ and ‘Previous’ links to move questions, or they can select the relevant blue question number link. Once a response has been entered, the relevant question number will be struckthrough.


When the allocated time for the test is over, the test will automatically be closed.

Finishing a Test

Once students select ‘Next’ on the last question, a pop-up message will show them they are at the end of the test. The message will also show the student the number of questions they have left unanswered.
Students can use the < and > arrows to go back through the test and check that they have answered all questions they intended to. If the student is satisfied and wishes to end the test early, they must select the ‘Finish Test’ link. Several pop-up messages will display to ensure the student is ready to submit their test.

Accidentally closing a test

If students accidentally exit a test, they can re-open it by selecting the ‘Open the test’ button on the Test Details screen. All answers entered previously will still be there.
Note: Closing the test window does not stop/pause the test timer. The timer will continue to count down. The student will only be able to re-open the test if there is test time remaining.
Reopen Test


I assigned a test but none of my students can see it?

When you assign a test, you set the dates when it will be available to students (the default is ‘now’). You will need to use the Assign screen to check that the ‘Date Available’ for the assignment has passed and the due date hasn’t passed yet.

Note – paper test assignments will not display on the Sit test screen.

My students say they can’t answer questions – they click and nothing happens. What’s going on?

Check that your students are not in look-over time.

The Test information for Adaptive tests does not specify how many questions are in the test, why is that?

Adaptive tests are made up of three stages or three mini-tests. The first mini-test will contain the same questions for all students sitting the test. However, the following two mini-tests may have different questions. This is because e-asTTle marks the first mini-test and then tries to give the student the next mini-test that best fits them.

A common issue students have (especially younger students) is forgetting to scroll. Students must be reminded that some content may require scrolling. This could be either in the reading passage and/or in the question section of a test. If scrolling is required, a scroll bar will display. It’s important students check these carefully. Sometimes, if the screen cuts off exactly at the end of a paragraph, the text may appear to be finished when it is not.