Express tests create tests automatically from test bank items. Currently this is only available for ELA and Math and the test bank items are limited for some grade levels. Use Express if you are making an ELA/Math test and plan to use multiple questions from the test bank or use those plus your own. Do NOT use Express if you want to use reading passages from the test bank.
Manual is for making your own test from scratch. You can still use test bank items, but can add them individually. You can also add reading passages from item central much easier. Use manual if you are any other content area other than ELA/Math, if you have your own test you will enter, you want more control over test bank items, or if you are using reading passages from item central.
Give yourself plenty of time on the test dates, but don't worry...even after students start taking the test these can be changed by going to Schedule Settings.
Always use Schoolnet Browser Test Tunnel.
Make the passcode simple, but unique.
When using reading passages do NOT scramble question order.
When using CPS do NOT scramble question OR answer order.
If this is your first test...log-in as a student, take the test...and see what the student sees. How can you explain the process to students if you've never seen it? You can delete the results afterwards, so don't worry!
AKA...REALLY AWESOME PART OF ADMINISTERING ASSESSMENTS
Use the proctor dashboard to see how students are performing, run CPS assessments, and quickly score tests afterwards.
When giving CPS assessments, you can tell students their score as soon as the assessment is over. One idea is to simply tell them their score when they turn their clicker in, or as you watch write the score on a post-it and give it to the student.