4/11/17: CBT Listserv Communication, Math Practice Tests

The additional Grades 3-8 Math computer-based practice tests from Questar are now available in the Nextera Secure Browser. Logins by subject/grade level are provided below. Logins for the Math practice test forms with the various test accommodations are available in Nextera Admin. We are encouraging all schools that are participating in the Math CBT administration to provide an opportunity for students to experience online test taking using the Nextera Secure Browser with the practice tests before they participate in the operational CBT. It is important that students are familiar prior to testing with special Math CBT features, such as the Equation Editor, online calculator, online ruler, and more.

Preview Math Text-To-Speech

Schools can now review Math Text-to-Speech (TTS) for grades 4 and 7. While only two Math TTS form are available as a demonstration in the practice tests, Math TTS will be available for operational CBT in all Math grade levels. To determine the best-fit format (human-reader or computer-read) for delivery of the online Test Read Math accommodation to students, students should take the practice test offered for grade 4 or 7 to experience the computer-read delivery and the TTS features.

Additional Practice Tests

All of the practice tests use pre-released New York State test questions. All practice test passwords are “practice” and the usernames are available in Nextera Admin. The following types of practice tests are available in the Nextera Secure Browser: 

  • Grade 3 includes 3 forms, also available with reverse contrast and answer masking accommodations as well as background color black-on-pink
  • Grade 4 is one of two grades that offer a practice test in Text-to-Speech, includes one form
  • Grade 4 also includes 3 forms, also available with reverse contrast and answer masking accommodations as well as background color black-on-blue
  • Grade 5 includes 3 forms, also available with reverse contrast and answer masking accommodations as well as background color black-on-green
  • Grade 6 includes 3 forms, also available with reverse contrast and answer masking accommodations as well as background color black-on-yellow
  • Grade 7 is one of two grades that offer a practice test in Text-to-Speech, includes one form
  • Grade 7 includes 3 forms, also available with reverse contrast and answer masking accommodations as well as background color black-on-pink
  • Grade 8 includes 3 forms, also available with reverse contrast and answer masking accommodations as well as background color black-on-blue

Please note that the reverse contrast color combinations (there are four combinations) are not available in all grade levels. If a student would like to test the different combinations for a best fit, you can review easily in the publicly available online Question Sampler for any grade level or provide the student with a grade-level login for the Nextera Secure Browser practice tests as noted above.

 The practice test answer keys article is available on CBT Support in the Resource section.

Access to Practice Tests

All practice test passwords are “practice” and the complete list of usernames are available in Nextera Admin from the Help page. The username format is a standardized format. Upon logging into the Nextera Secure Browser, the user will see options to select from the three available practice tests for the grade level. The basic usernames and passwords are listed below and the complete list is available in Nextera Admin and on CBT Support. The usernames and passwords are not case-sensitive. 

Math Grade Level

Username

Password

Grade 3

math03

practice

Grade 4

math04

Practice

Grade 5

math05

Practice

Grade 6

math06

Practice

Grade 7

math07

Practice

Grade 8

math08

practice


Nextera Secure Browser

The additional practice tests can only be accessed from the Nextera Secure Browser, which requires the student testing device to have the Nextera Secure Browser installed and tested before the student can access the practice test. You can locate browser and Operating System specific downloads on the “Downloads” page under the Help tab on the banner toolbar in Nextera Admin.

Support

If you need assistance with access to Nextera Admin or downloading the Nextera Secure Browser, please contact Questar Customer Support for New York State:

Questar Customer Support

Phone: 866-997-0695

Questar Customer Support Email

Questar Customer Spport Website

If you have feedback about the practice tests or student computer-based testing experience, please send it to CBT Support. You can also find information about the Math practice test logins, visiting the Math Practice Test Logins CBT Support Article.