New Resource: ELA Response Box Sampler

This article was updated on 11/2/2018.

In response to feedback from our districts and schools, Questar has released the new ELA Response Box Sampler as part of the online Question Sampler suite of practice tests. This allows students to practice using the constructed response box as they will do for the operational CBT ELA exams in the spring.

The online ELA Response Box Sampler is an "empty" ELA constructed response (CR) box that is not associated with a practice test question. Teachers can provide their own ELA passage and question to students who can respond using the ELA Response Box Sampler to become familiar with the CR response box as an online tool for typing their response.

The ELA Response Box Sampler allows students to experience the undo/redo features and how to resize the CR box onscreen. Some testing accommodations, such as Reverse Contrast and Background Color, can also be reviewed by students with the ELA Response Box Sampler.  

To use the ELA Response Box Sampler, select ELA, the grade level, and the "ELA Response Box Sampler" from the Sampler pull-down menu: 

The "empty" ELA Response Box Sampler launches on-screen for students and includes all online tools such as the review screen, notepad, highlighter, line reader, and more. These online tools  will be available in the operational CBT ELA exams in the spring. 

On 11/2/2018 Questar released an update to the Response Box Samplers to include five “empty” CRs per Response Box Sampler! It is important that students have experience with the navigation and online testing tools prior to sitting for the CBT exams in the spring. Now, when teachers are using this resource in the classroom, students do not need to log out of the sampler after answering one question—they can use the same Sampler for up to five questions without logging out and then accessing the Sampler again. We hope this helps our teachers and students! 

Example of the ELA Response Box Sampler with five “empty” CRs that students can navigate to for instructional use within the classroom:


The ELA Response Box Sampler is offered only in the online Question Sampler, which will allow for the opportunity to print the screen after students enter their responses. Students can use their browser's print function to print the screen when finished with their response. This allows teachers the opportunity to review each student’s response. At this time, we do not have plans to offer the ELA Response Box Sampler as part of the Secure Browser practice tests as the Secure Browser does not allow printing of student responses.

Beyond allowing students to practice responding to questions in the same manner they will when testing in the spring, use of the ELA Response Box Sampler can help create new dialogue in the classroom for how students can use technology to respond to constructed responses.

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