Most standardized testing has shifted to online formats. This means students are expected to take critical assessments on computers, rather than on traditional bubble answer sheets, essay paper, or testing books. As it becomes the norm, students in the earliest of grade levels will become familiar with the process. But since we are still in the transition stages, it’s up to the teacher to help prepare today’s students to take online assessments.
The best way to prepare students for online assessments is to have them put theory into practice with online assessments. This requires the right tools, such as Castle Learning. If a teacher has access to the tools, then developing online quizzes and benchmark assessments helps students develop the skillsets to succeed on any online assessment. Practice makes perfect.
There are also ways to practice elements of online testing without a program.
Writing can be challenging enough for students, even when they have time to develop an essay. Online tests come with the added pressure of having to quickly type out answers, both short and long form. Teachers will find that introducing learning drills, where students read a passage and then have to type a response in a timed manner, will help them become more comfortable with typing answers on the spot. It also helps develop the time management skills necessary to succeed on the exams.
Encouraging students to write response journals or assignments online to a regulated class social media site or even through email, is another way they can gain typing skills and confidence with an online testing format.
LISTENING COMPREHENSION DRILLS
Students will likely come across listening passages on these exams. Teachers can better prepare their students by modeling these practices in the classroom. For example, a teacher can play a speech online (think TED Talks or other educational podcasts) and have students answer questions based on what they heard. It’s not exactly the same as it will be on the online exam, but practice listening and responding has the key elements that students need to be prepared.
Practicing the elements of online testing in class or for homework can go a long way toward preparing students for the future of testing. Break the elements of the online test into manageable chunks and lead students through tutorials that will guide them to online testing success.