A test in ADAM is a package that holds one or more test forms (see Author a New Form). While many tests contain only one form, a test might contain more than one form to support accommodation needs (for example, English and Spanish versions). 

Workflow: Create Form(s)→ Create New Test → Publish Test → Create New Administration

Pay attention to the names you give to each of these pieces, as names might contain subtle differences.


  • Confirm you are signed in as a role with permissions to add tests and publish tests (also to add practice tests, if needed).
  • Confirm that at least one form has already been created for the test.

Create a Test

  1. Go to Test Management > Tests.
    Note: On the Test Config page, you can search for and edit, clone, delete, or archive a test.
  2. Click Create New.
  3. Complete the Test Config, Settings and Overrides, and Program Settings pages. Expand the sections below for details.

    The Test Config page defines:

    • Forms used on the test, accommodation ruled, or spiraled.
    • Connection information to OSCAR (if applicable)

    Enter the following information:

    • Test Name: Follow your naming convention.
    • Test Display Name: Optional. If used, it replaces the public display of the Test Name.
    • Test Code: A unique code generated automatically based on the test name and customer code (if no code is entered initially). Used internally.
    • Status: Select ACTIVE from the dropdown list. 
    • Details: Optional. Provide details for users who may use this test to create an administration or practice test.
    • Subject: Choose one.
    • Student Accommodations Profile: Select the accommodations profile to use. Select the "Do not use" option if accommodations are not used on the test.
    • Test Platform: Select QTI or Learnosity in the dropdown list. This defines the data that appears in the Bank dropdown list.
    • Bank: Choose the bank containing the form(s) needed for this test.

    • Battery: Select a battery if the test is a battery test.
    • Battery Unit: Select a battery unit.
    • Form(s): Select Spiral or Accommodation from the Rotation Type dropdown list.
      • Accommodation: If forms are configured specifically to support an accommodation(s), select that accommodation, select one or more forms, then click AddFor Language accommodation forms, you can specify an Alternate Test Name so that students will see the test name in the language used on the form. For example, the test name will appear to students in English for the English form and Spanish for students assigned the Spanish form.  
      • Spiral: Select the form(s), then select Add. Note that forms set to spiral can support accommodations.
      • Don't Deliver To: If checked, the test is not delivered to any students who match the selected accommodation.
      • Spiral forms based on Percentage of Population: If using multiple forms, set the distribution of each selected form; for example, 75% from the first form and 25% from the second.
    • Test Prerequisite: If this test requires students to complete another test before attempting this one, open the dropdown to configure these fields. Discuss this configuration with your program delivery team.
    • Human Scoring Settings: If this test has open ended items that must be human scored, open the dropdown to configure these fields. Discuss this configuration with your program delivery team.
    • Miscellaneous Settings
      • Student Form Selection – Select to allow students to choose the form to administer.
      • Disable Manual Submit of Test Sessions – Proctors will not be able to manually submit student sessions.
      • Allow Training Administrations – This test can be made available for training administrations.
      • Disable Auto Submit – Student test sessions will not be automatically submitted.
      • Maximum Test Attempts – Students will get limited attempts for tests. Enter the number of attempts allows.
      • Disable Unsubmit Sessions – The proctor will not be able to unsubmit sessions on the Proctor Dashboard.
      • Allow Section Move – Proctors will be able to move students to a new section on the Proctor Dashboard. This checkbox is only available for tests with multiple sections (and that are not computer-adaptive tests).
      • Admin Code – An Admin Code is required for TestNav tests.
      • Prevent Teacher Assignment – Assumes test is published to schools.

    The Settings and Overrides page defines:

    • Test type
    • Secure Access for Kiosk settings (requiring the lockdown browser) 
    • Access Window
    • TTS settings for Practice Tests

    • Test Types: Select one or more to determine if the test is visible for each of the test types. One or all of the test types can be selected. 
      • Practice allows the test to be used when creating Practice Tests.
      • Scheduled allows the test to be used when creating Administrations.
      • The Field Set dropdown list appears when you select Scheduled. Select Show Test Login Preview to see what a student would see when signing in to a test. This might vary depending on whether your program uses a third-party login to access tests.
    • Secure Access: Check Kiosk Only to require secure browser for testing.
    • Access Window: Define Time Zone, Start Date, End Date, and Time Settings.
    • Data/Accessibility: Options that appear in this section depend on the selected Test Types.
      • Auto-Enable TTS: Appears when a test is set to Practice Test. Select to enable TTS.
      • Allow Not Reseated: Appears for all tests. Allows a session to be resumed without reseating.

    Note: Make sure you are familiar with Allow, Lock, and Defer toggles.

    • Allow: Set a default value that the session creator can edit.
    • Lock: Set here and do not allow changes to the PT or ADMIN.
    • Defer: Do not set a value here and wait to set a value when creating the PT or ADMIN.

    On the Program Settings page, select the following:

    • Program: Select a program to make the Performance Report available for this test. Data that appears in the following fields depends on the selected program's configuration.
    • Testing Window: Select a test window.
    • Grade: Select a grade for the test.
    • Content Area: Select a content area, such as ELA or Math.
    • Review Reports: Select this checkbox to place all reports for the test under review. Users with permission can review the test reports, and then clear the checkbox here or on the Program Configuration > Test Edit tab to make the reports available to other users.
    • Review the performance objectives at the bottom of the page. In some cases, you can override the default settings from the program (such as the cut scores for Performance Level).

  4. Confirm your choices on the Review page. Select:
    • Submit: Save the test and its settings, but do not publish. The test does not appear as an option when creating an administration or practice test until it is published.
    • Save & Publish: Save the test. You are brought to the Orgs to Test page to publish the test. 

Publish a Test

  1. Select Test Publishing, then select Orgs to Test or Tests to Orgs
    • Orgs to Test lets you assign organizations to a test. Using Orgs to Test controls which tests are available based on a user’s Org Scope when they create an Administration or Practice Test. A District level user can create administrations for their district and its schools, whereas a school level user can only access their schools.
    • Test to Orgs lets you assign tests to an organization.
    • Note that changes to which organizations a test is published to only affects the Test dropdown list when creating a new Administration or Practice Test. It does not change a user’s access to existing tests.
  2. Search for the test, then select the edit icon on the test row.
  3. Search for the appropriate organizations, then select the organization checkboxes.
  4. Click Submit. After the test has been published, the selected organizations can use it to create an administration.

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