Create a Session

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. You can add students to the session by selecting Class or Grade under Add Students to Session

    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.

    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, and select the Timezone. You can also update the Testing Start/End Time.  
    For online sessions, you must select at least one day of the week under Days of Testing.

  7. Click Create Session.


     Watch the step-by-step instructions...


 After you create an online session, the system...
  • 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)

 Depending on your program's requirements, you can...
  • 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.