Students need to understand how to log in and navigate the
- The PARCC
website provides you and your PARCC Readiness for students involves a number of
how to login and use the test interface
how to use the test tools
aware of the common mistakes for completing the test items
ready to address content items for the PARCC assessment
familiar with technology skills utilized by PARCC
- The PARCC website
provides several items that will help your students to learn how to use
the online test tools. The Test Preparation tab provides SAMPLE
ITEMS, TUTORIALS, and PRACTICE TESTS
Students need to be aware of the common mistakes for
completing the test items.
Fractions in the Math Tests
- When creating an equation that contains fractions in the math
test items, please practice selecting numerator, denominator, or entire
fraction. For example, to create the equation 3/4 + 1/4, you
the button to create the first fraction
click on the numerator placeholder to add the 3
click on the denominator placeholder to add the 4
- An issue arises when you try to add the plus sign
after the fraction. You must click on the fraction
bar first to be able to add the + sign outside of the numerator or
- Then you can create the second fraction for the
Plotting Points on a Graph
- When plotting points on a graph, to remove
a point you can just click it a second time.
Using Essay Answer
- When being asked to write an essay, students need to
know that the small text field box can hold more than what they see. They
should write as much as they think they need to give a good response.
Don’t just write as much as it looks like the box can hold. It will
Scroll Bars Within Test
- Make sure that you
always scroll all the way down to the bottom of each
window to ensure that you get all of the information for each
- Some test items have
information in a window-within-a-window. These are usually items with more
information than displays within the window. Students need to understand
that they should use the scroll bars to scroll within these sections.
Otherwise, they may miss important information.
Tabs With Additional
Information for Test Items
- Some test items will
provide a window within the test item that has multiple tabs.
Students need to be aware that they should click on all tabs to review
information for the test items.
Multiple Choice and
Multiple Select are Important Distinctions for Test Items
- Some test items will ask
students to choose one answer, while others will ask students to select
more than one answer. Students need to read directions carefully to be
sure that they know when to select more than one answer for an item.
Using Test Tools and
- Students need to be aware
that the tools in the toolbar at the top of the screens do not submit
their answers for them. They are only tools to help them determine an
answer that they must then enter in the prescribed manner of the
- For example, if a student
finds the answer to a math question using the calculator, to successfully
submit the answer they will either still need to enter it into a text
field, select the answer from a list of items, select the answer from a
drop-down menu, etc.
second example can be found when students use the eliminator tool on a
test item. Using the eliminator tool allows students to cross off possible
answers. The students still must select the correct answer to successfully
complete the item.
- Many students finished quickly and did not click
"REVIEW" to see their work. One student that did click
"REVIEW" was surprised when she had a question that had not been
and Extraneous Mouse Clicks
- Students need to be reminded NOT to click
the mouse while the system is logging them in, or while the computer
is opening the test. The system may register this as a security breach and
subsequently lock the test. The teacher then needs to resume the
test for that student.
Script for Teachers (Test Administrators)
- The script should be followed exactly. Some teachers
had questions that prevented them from moving forward in the test
administration. When they read the directions between the spoken portions
of the script, they found that the answers were there for them.
- Testing times should be clearly labeled for
the children. It wasn’t clear to teachers on some days. All of the
test durations can be found in the test administration manual.