Additional information about SMART-tests

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Using smart tests

This section describes how to use smart tests with your students. It first explains how to select a test from the index. It then describes briefly and then in more detail the information needed by students to do a test, and how to access results.

Selecting a test

After you login

  • Click on the tab "Quiz index" to see the list of topics.
  • A click on a topic rolls out a list of available quizzes.
  • A click on a quiz will display a general information about the quiz: targetted skills and a sample question.
  • If you don't want to use that smart-test, continue browsing in the list of quizzes.
  • If you want to use it, click the link below the quiz information labelled "Make Quiz available for testing". This will generate a code for your students to access the test and for you to see the test results.
  • You will immediately receive by email a copy of the code and directions to a test website.

Using a test with students and accessing results - basic instructions

Students need to be told

Students need to enter identification as determined by their teacher e.g. first name and initial or several initials or an ID code assigned by the teacher - this information is only for the teacher to identify their results. Each student's results can be accessed by the teacher as soon as the student has finished the test. Most teachers wait until the whole class has finished the test.

Using a test with students and accessing results - detailed instructions

Link to a video that shows "How to use smart tests".

Note that the following information is provided in the email sent to you on registering for a test.

To take the test, your students should:

  • go to www.smart-quiz.edu.au/test
  • enter identification as determined by their teacher eg first name and initial or several initials or an ID code assigned by the teacher (this is only for you to identify them - it is not needed for any other purpose) at the top right hand corner.
  • enter the quiz code emailed to you on registration
  • select their school year level (this information is for us to improve the tests)
  • look at the sample items to see how they should answer
  • work through the test, question by question
  • be sure to press the "submit all and finish" button when they have finished.

Results of the test will be available to you as soon as the students finish, when you:

  • go to www.smart-quiz.edu.au/teacher
  • at the top right hand corner, login with user name and password (given in the email)
  • follow the instructions that appear when you click on the tab "My quizzes".

Students' results are linked to the teacher and the quiz code. They are not available to others.

The smart-test can be reused with the quiz code whenever you like. Teachers with multiple classes might get students to put their class number at the front of their second identifier, e.g. initial of family name, to be able to distinguish betweeen classes when they download results.

You can also switch test online availability on or off to prevent unauthorised access.

You can export the results to a spreadsheet for your own analysis and reorganisation, by clicking on the "export in Excel" button that appears below the results. If you have trouble downloading, try another browser (i.e. Mozilla or Chrome).

Full explanations of the diagnoses and teaching suggestions appear below the results.

Note: The aspect ratio of the screen resolution impacts on the shape of some diagrams in some geometry smart-tests, causing errors of diagnosis. This possibility is flagged at the beginning of the test. Teachers should check this, and not use the smart-test if it is a problem.

Links to videos

"Introduction to the SMART tests system". Suitable for teachers new to the smart tests system.

"How to use smart tests" Suitable for teachers new to the smart tests system.

"The power of formative assessment". Suitable for interested teachers or for maths coaches.

"How smart tests can inform teaching". Suitable for interested teachers or for maths coaches.

Help desk support

If you need help with any aspect of using smart-tests, contact Beth (beth@smartvic.com).
If you experience any technical difficulties, e.g. with accessing the website or a test,
contact Eugene (eugene@smartvic.com).

Authors

Smart-tests are specific mathematics assessments that reveal thinking. They have been created at the University of Melbourne by Professor Kaye Stacey, Associate Professor Helen Chick, Dr Vicki Steinle, Dr Eugene Gvozdenko and Ms Beth Price.
The project was first funded by the Australian Research Council Linkage Projects Program LP0882176 in partnership with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria, Australia.

Smart-tests accessed from this page should be referenced as: Stacey, K., Price, B., Gvozdenko, E., Steinle, V., & Chick, H. (2011). Specific Mathematics Assessments that Reveal Thinking. Retrieved INSERT YOUR DATE HERE from http://www.smart-quiz.edu.au/teacher/