You create a session to set up a virtual student group that will test at the same time.


  • 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) Sessions.
  2. Click the Create Session.

  3. Type/select the required details.
  4. Select Online or Paper for Testing Mode

  5. Depending on your project, you can add students to the session by selecting Class or Grade under Add Students to Session By

    Add students by Class

    Select one or more classes in the Class dropdown menu. You can also filter through classes by selecting a course from the Course dropdown menu. Pearson Access creates a separate session for each selected class.

    The dropdown only displays classes that have students eligible for the selected test.

    Add students by Grade

    Select a grade from the Grade dropdown. Pearson Access creates multiple sessions if there are more than 250 students in the selected grade. 

  6. Create the Testing Schedule. 
    1. Select the Timezone.
    2. Update the Testing Window Start/End Time. The time between the Testing window Start Date and Testing Window End Date cannot be greater than 90 days. 
      For online sessions, you must select at least one day of the week under Days of Testing; selected dates must fall within the organization's established testing window.

  7. Click Create Session.

    If a student you attempt to add to a session does not appear in the STUDENT LIST, they may be assigned to another session. Depending on your project configuration, the system may restrict the number of test assignments allowed for each student.



  • Connects data to TestNav and prepares it for the session start.
  • Creates unique student user IDs and passwords and includes them in test tickets for students to use to sign in to the test. The password ensures that students can access only the test assigned to them in the session.

What's Next?: Online Testing (Optional)

  • Download test tickets and 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, add individual students to the session at a later time.