Welcome to the IO Assessment Test Key Creation! While IO Assessment lets you create your own tests using vendor-supplied item banks, we recognize that you may have your own set of tests that you would like to use instead—for example, a midterm that you’ve written yourself, or a chapter test from the textbook. IO Assessment gives you the option of creating a standards-based test key that correlates to your test, which allows you to generate scan sheets, score your results, and generate your favorite reports.
For this tutorial, we’ll create a third-grade English Language Arts test. The techniques you learn with this tutorial will be useful for creating any test.
Let’s get started!
To begin, click on the tile labeled "Create Test" (1)
OR if you prefer to use the menu-based system, click on Testing and then click Create Test in the drop-down options (2)
From the drop-down menus . . .
» Choose the Default Test Category for this example, I’ll use District Benchmark.
» Choose the Default Standard Set for this example, I’ll use Common Core State Standards.
» Choose the Default Content Area for this example, I’ll use CCSS ELA.
» Choose the Default Target Test Level for this example, I’ll use 3rd Grade.
This is usually the grade level of the students you intend to test. Since you may want to test students at multiple grade levels with one test, you’ll need to choose the most applicable grade level here.
The next step is to give your new test a name.
» Click inside the text box underneath Test Name and either complete the auto-populated name OR type a new name. You’ll also need to give your test another, shorter name.
This is used on your reports and other areas in IO Assessment so keep it descriptive, abbreviate as best you can.
» Click inside the text box underneath Short Name and type a short name. (Tip: Copy the long name and paste it into the short name area and then abbreviate if needed).
Test Format (does not apply to Test Keys).
You can use the “Detailed Notes” section to describe your purpose for creating the test and any other distinguishing details that will help you identify this test in the future.
» Click the arrow to the left of “Detailed Notes” to open up this section. Then click inside the text box underneath and type a description (this is optional).
» Click “Create Test Key” to continue.
Enter the number of questions that are on your test and Click > Generate.
Your items will populate below the Skill Area option.
Test Key Criteria
Changing the Bubble Pattern:
The default bubble pattern is A-B-C-D and all your items will generate with this bubble pattern unless you change it before generating your items. Therefore, if you have more items that use a different bubble pattern than A-B-C-D on your test, you can choose it here before generating your items and all items will generate with this bubble pattern.
To change bubble patterns on already generated items: Select your items, choose your bubble pattern, and Click > Apply to Selected.
Adding Standards (optional)
To add standards to your items: Select your items, change the standard using the drop-down menus, and click > Add to Selected.
Adding Skill Areas (optional)
To add skill areas to your items: Select your items, type the name for your skill area, and Click > Apply to Selected.
Finishing the Test
For any multiple-choice items on your test you will need to choose the correct answer(s). If any item has more than 1 correct answer, you have the option of setting up your own scoring instructions.