This is an older version of the TAO User Guide, click here for the documentation of the most recent release, TAO 3.3.
Creating a New Test
TAO defines a Test as a collection of Items designed to assess the academic progress of a Test-taker. The approach allows for rapid assembly of Tests administered across computer networks. If all you have is 30 minutes to create a 10-question quiz for your 8th grade class, TAO can help.
Step 1: In the Assessment Builder Bar, select Tests. In the Test Library, click on a desired class, or on the Test folder itself.
This brings up in the button bank below the Library icons for New class, New test, Export, and Import. Properties can be found in the Action Bar. If a new class (folder) is required, click on New Class and rename the label (folder name) accordingly. Otherwise, continue to the next step.
Step 2: After clicking on the class within which the Test is supposed to be stored, click New Test in the Action Bar to create a new.
This brings up a Test Properties pane that provides a chance to rename the label (file name) of the Test, and select between either the QTI 2.1 Test Driver or simple model (QTI is recommended). After completing Test properties, hit Save. (It should be noted that at any time, the Test assembly can be saved in order to preserve already completed work. Doing so every ten minutes is always a good habit.)
Step 3: Click Authoring to insert Items into Test.
This opens a three-part window: the Library contains available Items to place in the Test, the canvas area contains the Test assembly, and the Properties Panel provides space where controls will appear if a properties icon (a picture of gears) is clicked. Naturally, the canvas, where items from the library are to be added to the assembled test, is arguably the most important part of this screen.
Tests can be divided on two subordinated levels: Test parts, and sections. A Test part is the first tier division of a Test, while the section is the second tier division. Test divisions, however, are optional, and they are added in reverse order. For instance, in the event that a test should not have any divisions, all Items will simply be added to Part 1 Section 1. If only one level of division will be needed, adding sections will allow a test to be divided into two. If both levels of subordination are required, adding new test parts will be needed. To add new sections, click on the blue New section button below the existing sections in the test. To add new test parts, click on the blue New test part button below the existing test parts.
At the start of any section, a Rubric Block or explanatory text can be entered in prior to insertion of interactions. To do this, click on the icon with the letter “A” in it, and then click on the blue New Rubric Block button that appears.
Adding new Items is almost as simple. In the Test Library, select the Item that will be needed, and then click on the light blue text block that reads Add selected item(s) here. Adding these in the order in which they are desired to appear on the delivered test is useful, but if an Item is added out of order, the order can be corrected by clicking the upward or downward arrow buttons that appear after the properties icon behind the Item. Unwanted Items that have been accidently selected can be deleted by clicking on the trash can icon. (Applying test properties is covered in its own section.)
Step 4: Adjust Property panel values as needed.
Suggested methods for setting these are described in the Tests Settings section.