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FastTest Overview

Thank you for purchasing licenses for FastTestFastTest is an Internet application designed to support the entire test development cycle. It helps to improve the process of developing assessments as well as ensuring these assessments are psychometrically rigorous. This manual provides detailed instructions on how to manage users, create item banks, assemble the items into tests, build test sessions to administer to examinees, schedule the examinees, deliver tests online, and generate reports.

There are Two main Components to FastTest 

  • The Test Development component is where items are authored, statistics are stored, and tests are built (and, optionally, printed).
  • The Test Delivery component is where test sessions are created, examinees are scheduled, and tests are delivered to examinees online. The Test Delivery component is optional. If tests are administered by pen-and-paper and test credits (test codes) have not been purchased, many parts of the Test Scheduler Tab and Delivering Tests sections of the manual will not apply.

Navigating FastTest

FastTest is designed to be as intuitive and user-friendly as possible. In recognition of the fact that users interact with software in different ways, there are three ways that a user can work with FastTest:

  • left-clicking on buttons
  • right-clicking on drop-down menus
  • keyboard shortcuts.

Item Explorer

FT Overview Item Explorer

Item Explorer, this is the view that a user sees when they first log into their workspace. There are six prominently displayed buttons in the upper left:

  • New
  • View
  • Edit
  • Delete
  • Sync
  • Import

The functionalities associated with these are discussed in detail later in this manual, but for now note that the primary buttons will always be presented in this location. However, many of the functionalities of these buttons can be accomplished by right-clicking on item banks, categories, or items to bring up a drop-down menu. For example, a new item can be created either by selecting a bank/category and left-clicking on the New button and selecting New Item, or by right-clicking on a bank/category, and selecting New Item from the list that appears. See the Item Explorer Tab for more information.

Keyboard Shortcuts

If a dialog is open, pressing the “Esc” key does the same thing as the “Cancel” button (or the “×” in the top right corner). Pressing the “Enter” key will submit the dialog.

(Note: this will not work if the current focus is in a text area, in a text area the “Enter” key inserts a new line)

Application Tabs

FT Login menu buttons

The five tabs displayed above represent the test development cycle simplified into four primary steps.

  1. Item Explorer – uploading, writing, sorting, and reviewing test items
  2. Test Assembler – assembling items into test forms
  3. Asset Manager – working with images, videos and sound clips 
  4. Test Scheduler – scheduling and delivering tests to examinees online (paper versions of tests can be printed and managed in the Test Assembler tab)
  5. Report Manager – analysis of examinee results, items/banks, and tests

All four tabs are visible to workspace administrators. For users with specific roles, tab visibility is limited by relevance. An example: a user with a role of Test Scheduler (uploading lists of examinees, scheduling times, and accessing results) will not have access to the Item Explorer or Test Assembler tabs. User roles and restrictions are used to enhance the security of the assessment program.

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