ACCESS for ELLs Room Setup

Q: How far apart should students be seated for the online test?

For the Listening, Reading, and Writing tests, Test Administrators should make sure that students are far enough apart that they cannot easily read off one another’s screen.

During the Speaking test, students should be seated far enough apart so they can speak at a normal volume without disrupting other students. Test Administrators should make sure that there are at least 2–3 computers between each student, or that the students are seated approximately 4–6 feet apart.

Q: How many students can test at the same time?

Because each student takes his/her test individually at a computer, administrators may decide how many students to test based on computer lab and staff availability. For Speaking, groups of no more than 3–5 students should be tested so that the headset microphones do not capture other students' voices. Additionally, especially for young students, the Test Administrator can thoroughly monitor and support the Speaking domain test only if administered in a small group setting.

The number of students that can be tested at the same time for the paper Listening, Reading, and Writing tests depends on the size of the testing room. The paper Speaking test is individually administered (one Test Administrator per student) and scored.

Q: Can students of different grades and proficiency levels take the test in the same room at the same time?

Students of different grades and proficiency levels taking the same domain may test in the same room at the same time, for the online test. Different domains cannot be given at one time as the directions and scripting for each domain varies.

Test Administrators need to administer the paper-based test to students in the same grade-level cluster, tier, and domain because the Test Administrator’s Script is different for each. The paper Speaking test is individually administered and scored.