Test-taker tool Configuration

The Test-taker Tools comprise a set of tools designed to aid the Test-taker in various ways when taking Tests. Many of them are accommodation tools which aim to improve accessibility. The test-taker tools for a test can be found in the Properties Panel on the right.

To configure the test-taker tools for a specific test, follow the steps below.

1. Select the test for which the test-taker tools are to be configured from the Test Library on the left, and click on Authoring.

Test-taker tools can be configured either for a whole section of a test, or on a per-item basis. To configure the tools for a whole section, on the Canvas click on the cog wheels to the right of the section in question. To configure the tools for an individual item, click on the cog wheels to the right of the item in question.

In each case, the test-taker tools will appear in the properties panel on the right.

Test-taker Tool Configuration for a Section
Test-taker Tool Configuration for a Section

2. Check the boxes next to each of the test-taker tools you wish to activate.

The tools available can be divided into the following groups:

 

Calculators

TAO provides three different calculators: a simple one, a BODMAS, functioning according to the BODMAS rule, and a scientific version, for solving science, engineering and mathematical problems.

 

Calculators
Calculators

Note: If you select multiple calculators, only the most complex variety will be used!

Visual Aids

This set of tools can help a test-taker to focus visually on a particular part of the test question in various different ways:

Answer Eliminator
The Answer Eliminator allows the test-taker to eliminate answers in Choice interactions. This is useful if there is a long list of answer choices, and the test-taker has a learning disability.

Answer Eliminator
Answer Eliminator

Answer Masking
Answer Masking allows the test-taker to mask and unmask answers in choice interactions

Answer Masking
Answer Masking

Area Masking
Area Masking allows the test-taker to mask parts of the item with a movable mask.

Area Masking
Area Masking

Highlighter
The Highlighter allows the test-taker to highlight parts of the text in an item.

Highlighter
Highlighter

Line Reader
The Line Reader allows the test-taker to visually isolate a line of text.

Line Reader
Line Reader

Magnifier
The Magnifier provides the test-taker with a movable magnifier tool.

Magnifier
Magnifier

Zoom Tool
The Zoom Tool allows the test-taker to zoom in on an area of an item.

Zoom Tool
Zoom Tool

Aural Aids

Text-to-speech Tool
The text-to-speech functionality allows the test-taker to hear the test content being read aloud, as well as reading it.

Note: This functionality is only available in the TAO Premium/Ignite Edition (or higher).

Text-to-speech
Text-to-speech

Configuration is now complete. Any test-takers taking the test will have access to the selected tools, for the sections or items specified.