Online Testing Tips

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In order to provide students the best online testing experience, families should become familiar with the training tests and practice tests. Both tests can be accessed through the Washington Comprehensive Assessment Portal (WCAP), http://wa.portal.airast.org/

Navigate to the WCAP website then choose this option:

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Next click here:

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On the next page click here:

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At the Sign In page, each student will sign in as a guest user in a guest session. No information will need to be entered on this page; simply click “Sign In”:

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Next, choose the grade level and click “Yes”:

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Select the training and practice tests from your list.

The training test is a set of sample questions within a grade level band. The questions allow students to practice using a variety of navigational tools to answer different types of questions.

The practice test mirrors the Smarter Balance Assessments which are being scheduled this spring and include the Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) portion and a Performance Task (PT). For 5th and 8th grade students, there is also a training test for the MSP Science test.

Students may take these tests as many times as needed in order to gain familiarity and become comfortable with the online system, buttons, tools and item types. Student will learn:

  • How to scroll down and across the screen when necessary
  • How to move from screen to screen
  • How to answer multiple-choice questions by clicking on the answer
  • How to respond to drag-and-drop questions using a mouse
  • How to type in a box to respond to a writing prompt.
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