Create a Test

You can create a test, within the Pearson Access UI, to administer to your students . 


  • Confirm your role and project under your name, and your district or school in the Organization dropdown. If you have access to multiple projects or organizations, click each dropdown to select the one(s) you want to view.
  • An authorized user must have previously associated you with a class before you can add the class to a session. 


  1. From the main menu, click (or tap) Tests.

  2. Click a test type.

  3. Click Create Test.

  4. Click Select Subject to select from the Content Area/Subject dropdown, and click Select Grade to select from the Sub-topic or Grade dropdown.

  5. In the Tests row, click Create.

    The Test Creation Wizard appears.

  6. Type a Unique Assessment Name and Assessment Title, and click the Assessment Type dropdown to select one (these vary by project).

  7. Click the Publish Format dropdown to select either Online or Paper.

    a. Click the Test Creation Method dropdown, select Standards Based, and click Create Test.

    b. You can click Expand All to expand all of the available standards, and/or type in the Filter Standards field to search for standards by number or description. You can also click the arrows next to each standard category to expand available standards within that category.

    c. Select standards to which you want your test items to align. Selected standards appear on the right side of the standard list.

    d. Click Apply. Questions appear for each selected standard with scoring information.

    e. Click icons within the UI to delete, filter, save, and preview items and/or the entire test.

     View icon details...

    e1 - Click the green Delete icon () to delete an item from the test.

    e2 - Click the Filter icon () to select or deselect standards to show or hide associated items.

    e3 - Click the Save icon () to save your test.

    e4 - Click the orange Delete icon () to delete the test.

    e5 - Click the Menu icon () to go back to the Editable Tests list to see the header with the View, Edit, or Create buttons.

    e6 - Click the Preview icon () in each item's row to preview individual items. Click the header Preview icon after saving to preview the entire test.

     Within each item preview, you can...

    Click Get Responses to see the item's responses, or Score Responses to see score details. You can also click Contrasts or PNP to edit those settings.

    1. Select Answer Key Only from the Test Creation Method dropdown.
    2. Select either By Item Keys or By Item Count from the Answer Key Only dropdown.

      By Item Count
      Enter an item count for your form, and click Create Test.

      The test automatically populates with multiple choice, single select items, with four answer choices labeled ABCD.

      By Item Keys

      Enter supported characters within the item key, and click Create Test. Supported characters within the field - A, B, C, D, T, F, Y, N, and O.

      The test populates with the item types you indicated in the field. You can make further edits in the AKO UI.

    3. Edit, add, delete, and save items using the available buttons and dropdown menus.

       View icon and dropdown details...

      i1 - Click the Add icon () to add an item to your test.

      i2 - Click the item type dropdown to change the item type. Available item types in the dropdown vary depending on your initial selection.

      i3 - Click the Add () or Subtract () icons to update the number of options the student has to choose from within the item.

      i4 - Click Standard to open the standard selector and select a standard to associate with the item.

      i5 - Click in the points field to update the number of points the item is worth.

      i6 - Click the Custom icon () to add a custom item label.

      i7 - Click the Save () or Delete () icons to save or delete the test, and click the More () icon to go to view the header and the My Tests tab.

  8. After you save, click Test Details to update the test Status and Online Test Settings  in the Assessment Sharing & Readying for Publishing section. You can also view or update Performance Levels, Required Test Details, or Additional Test Details. To publish, you must select a Publishable status.

    You can click Additional Test Details to select grades that can see the test you published. You can select both on-grade-level or off-grade-level grades to indicate all grades that can view the test.

  9. Click Apply, and then click the Save icon () again to save your updates.

  10. Click the menu icon (), and then click View in the header. Your test appears in the My Tests tab. Click Publish.

  11. Select a Test Admin to which you want to assign your test, and click Publish. Take note of your specific test name and administration.

  12. When the system successfully publishes your test, a green message appears:


After you publish a test, the system pushes online tests to the TestNav Previewer, TestNav, and various sections of Pearson Access. The amount of time for this to occur varies.

What's Next?

 Depending on your program's requirements, you can...
  • Click Tests in the main menu to search for your test. You can also click Districts or Schools (participating in that test administration) and create a test session .
  • Download test tickets and view seal codes to distribute before test sessions begin. Test tickets contain student sign-in credentials for TestNav. Seal codes control student access to each test section.
  • Control and manage the online testing process.
  • Update student passwords.
  • If you did not add a class of students while creating the session, you can add individual students to the session at a later time.