Q&A from the Information Webinar for the Statewide CBT Simulation

Please find below a list of questions asked by attendees during the Information Webinar for the Statewide CBT Simulation held on January 30, 2019. 

Question Answer Additional Notes from NYSED
Where are the simulation webinar presentation slides posted?  They are posted on CBT Support: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360022442152-Presentation-Information-Webinar-for-the-Statewide-CBT-Simulation   We have also launched a CBT Support section for the CBT Simulations: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/sections/360003725431-Statewide-CBT-Simulations  
Should all students start the simulation test at the same time?  We recommend staggering groups of 25-30 students to download the test (click the “Start Test” button) every 2-3 minutes. Following this best practice will help to ensure a seamless and complete test download that works well with most standard school internet/network speeds. You can find more details on staggering student start times on CBT Support: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/115001543766-Best-Practice-Staggering-Student-Testing-Start-Times  
We stagger our start times by grade. Is that okay? Yes, each school can determine the best way to stagger their own student start times. Staggering is a best practice designed for ensuring your school network can handle the test download for multiple students at one time.   
For the simulation days we can stagger within days, correct? (i.e. have one class work on March 5th, and another on March 6th) The CBT Simulations are voluntary. We are organizing the Statewide CBT Simulations only on February 26 and March 5th. Schools can conduct a CBT Simulation at any time within their school.    The Secure Browser practice tests are always available for a school to use for CBT simulation purposes: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360000813612-Secure-Browser-Practice-Test-Logins-2018-19-School-Year 
We have 45 homerooms of 20-30 students so while we recognize the best practice of staggering, it's not a viable option when staggering could have our last homeroom start 90 minutes (2 minute lag) after our first. First, consider that your school network may not need staggering for the student test download. Staggering groups of 25-30 students every 2-3 minutes was recommended to be a best practice by schools that have participated in operational CBT in the past. This staggering can vary depending on the number of network connections each school has along with their network speeds.   
How can teachers communicate to the command center that they have started in order to make staggering start times run smoothly? That is a local decision. We have heard that some schools uses walkie talkies or use a phone. You can also develop a schedule.  Some schools have technical coordinators assisting in the hallways who can also help with staggering start times. 
 You mentioned one can stagger students getting on. Just for clarification, is this just for the simulation or on the real test day too? To clarify, staggering is suggested for both; simulation and operational testing.   
If we are expected to stagger the exam how does this affect students that start later on the state exam? Is the grade that starts last at a disadvantage? As per the School Administrator's Manual (SAM) the ELA and Math tests are not timed. Students should be given as much time as they need to complete them within the confines of a regular school day. On average ELA Grades 3-4 will likely need approximately 60-70 minutes to complete each of the two test sessions. Grades 5-8 ELA will likely need approximately 80-90 minutes to complete each of the two test sessions. Math Grade 3 will likely need approximately 55-65 minutes to complete Session 1 and 60-70 minutes to complete session 2. Math Grade 4 will likely need approximately 65-75 minutes to complete each of the two sessions. Math Grade 5 will likely need approximately 80-90 minutes to complete Session 1 and 70-80 minutes to complete session 2. Math Grades 6-8 will likely need approximately 80-90 minutes to complete Session 1 and 75-85 minutes to complete session 2. - Some students will need more time and provisions should be made to accommodate these students. In addition, the test administrator will need approximately 15 minutes to distribute materials and give directions to students. 

Staggering student start times is a best practice and is voluntary. Many school networks may not need to stagger their student start times.

Does the simulation still begin at 8:30 am on the shared dates? There was a concern that elementary students may still be arriving at their elementary schools at this time. The recommended start time is between 8:30-9:30am. That's when most other schools will be logging in to take the practice tests. It is not mandatory. Join us when you can. It's more important to go through the simulation testing rather than joining us at a specific time.

Students can log in and start the practice tests at any time on the days of the CBT Simulation that is most convenient to your school. 

At what point on the "Stagger Test Times" chart in the slide presentation do you start staggering the test? Should I tell teachers to complete the first couple of steps on that diagram, then wait for an assigned time to "click" start test? Staggering starts at step 4, "Choose Your Test." Once all students have chosen their test proceed to step 5: "Proctor reads on-screen test directions to students."  
Since we did a field test last year, do we have to contact Questar Customer Support to download Questar Browser this year? -- Do we need to uninstall last year's browser that we used for field testing and reinstall the new browser? - - Is it necessary to reload latest version of Secure browser on devices used for CBT last year? We HIGHLY recommend that all schools develop an uninstall and re-install process for the Questar Secure Browsers every year at the end of January to ensure that all student testing devices have been properly updated and received any Secure Browser updates delivered automatically to the application. This is a technical best practice for CBT.

We confirmed this spring's Secure Browser versions on January 18, 2019: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/115003900471-What-are-the-current-versions-of-the-Questar-Secure-Browsers-on-each-allowable-testing-device-for-CBT- 

Please note: there has been no update to the iPad Secure Browser between the 2018 and 2019 CBT administrations. 

Does the secure browser update include an uninstaller of the previous version?

No, it does not.


Should we wait until after January 31st to download the Questar browser? You do not need too. The last updated Secure Browser is available for download now. You can find the Secure Browsers on Nextera Admin under the Help tab.

We confirmed this spring's Secure Browser versions on January 18, 2019: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/115003900471-What-are-the-current-versions-of-the-Questar-Secure-Browsers-on-each-allowable-testing-device-for-CBT- 

Please note: there has been no update to the iPad Secure Browser between the 2018 and 2019 CBT administrations. 

What about those us that don't use windows machines, can we still get it through the google web store? Are you referring to the secure browsers? You can find the list of device install packages for the Secure Browsers in Nextera Admin under the Help Tab.  
Did the browser change from last school year to this? All schools need to uninstall and reinstall the secure browser usually in late January. Therefore, schools should be downloading the updated secure browser. The Questar Secure Browser needs to be updated for Mac, Chromebook, and Windows machines. There has been no update to the iPad Secure Browser between the 2018 and 2019 CBT administrations. 
If the browser has already been downloaded, do we need to do it again? If you have downloaded the browser this year, you do not need to download again prior to testing. If you have older versions (from early fall or last year) you should uninstall/reinstall the secure browser prior to testing. You should confirm that you do have the latest Secure Browser versions installed on all student testing devices: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/115003900471-What-are-the-current-versions-of-the-Questar-Secure-Browsers-on-each-allowable-testing-device-for-CBT- 
Would we need to download this secure browser for the field test? Yes, even if your school is only participating in the field test administration, you will use the same secure browsers.  
Hi Just want to make sure that the secure browser that we we install for simulation will also be used on operational testing day Yes. We do not expect any additional updates for spring testing.  
Will uninstall/reinstall process keep the user profiles previously created? The reinstall process would be for the Secure Browser not Nextera Admin, so the Administrator's profiles will not be affected.  
When will students be loaded into Nextera? ELA student data will be loaded on March 4th and math student data is April 1st. The CBT Timeline of Significant Milestones can be printed and put on your wall: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360020441711-CBT-Timeline-Significant-Events-2019 
I do not yet have access to the "Tests" menu in the Nextera Admin System. I am hoping that this is because it's not live yet. Can you confirm and let us know what date we can begin running student credentialing info The Tests tab is not live yet on Nextera Admin. This is the reason, why you do not see the tab just yet on Nextera Admin. Once student data is loaded and login tickets are available on March 18 , you will see the Tests tab.  The CBT Simulation will not use Nextera Admin and there is no rostering of students for the simulations. 
Wondering who creates the student login tickets for the operational tests? Do we receive them from the State, or do we create them within District? Thank you. You will create them from Nextera Admin. For CBT ELA, the student login tickets will be available to print on March 18.

You can find slides that show how to print student login tickets in the CBT Winter Roadshow slides: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360022774351-Presentation-Regional-CBT-Winter-Training-Sessions-2019-February-5-March-8-2019- 

Appendix Y in the SAM is the user guide for Nextera Admin and provides step-by-step help for using all features on Nextera Admin: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/115001359443-School-Administrator-s-Manual-SAM-2019-Edition 

Can a user have multiple roles. Also, DITC, but typically help principal with those type issues (add users). Yes. Users in Nextera Admin can have multiple roles. Your role will determine your access within Admin. You can find an overview of Nextera Admin Roles and Permissions on CBT Support: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/115002030266-Nextera-Admin-Roles-Responsibilities 
What would computer name be for a Chromebook? This is a local determination. Some schools number their Chromebooks, and this is the "computer name." Please check with your network team if you want to learn more about your school's use of computer names! 
Where can I get access to the secure browser practice tests? Also- can I test the secure browser at a location other than the school?

Information on testing through the Questar Secure Browser can be found in this article: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/208474306-Nextera-Setup-Installation-Guide-2017-18-School-Year-

Also, practice tests can be accessed from any device with the NY Question Sampler: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/115000943046-New-York-Question-Sampler. It's recommended that you use Google Chrome for best results.

The user guide for downloading and testing the Questar Secure Browser is available on CBT Support: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/208474306-New-Nextera-Setup-Installation-Guide-2018-19-School-Year- 
Who in the district adds extra users to Nextera Admin? I am a Network Administrator and have not been given access yet.

Different Nextera Admin roles have permissions to add Nextera Admin users. As a district information technology coordinator, you do not have permissions to add users to Nextera Admin. For a list of Nextera Admin roles and responsibilities, please view the following CBT Support Article: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/115002030266-Nextera-Admin-Roles-Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the Principal and the District Test Coordinator to arrange for account creation in Nextera Admin. This can be accomplished by creating an account for a user to delegate the responsibility of creating additional Nextera Admin accounts within the school or district. 
For the accommodations are students just going to choose the option right on the screen as they test?

No, selecting an accommodation on-screen is a feature in the online Question Sampler. For the Secure Browser practice tests, students with accommodations will have a special username that indicates the accommodation, such as "elag03tts" for "Text-to-Speech." 

For operational CBT, accommodations need to be set for each student in Nextera Admin prior to the student logging into the test. 

You can use the Secure Browser practice test login tickets to assist with providing testing accommodations for the CBT Simulation: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360022399412-Resource-Templates-for-Creating-NY-Statewide-CBT-Simulation-Student-Login-Tickets 
Are the accommodations available for practice any time other than the simulation days? Yes, the Question Sampler and Secure Browser practice tests are always available to access and practice. Schools can share the CBT Practice Tests flyer with parents who may also want to see what students will use to take the operational tests when testing on computer: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/115004133303-Flyer-CBT-Practice-Tests-Information 
In TTS sampler questions, there isn't an option for start from here for the student. Will that be added? It is available. Right Click in the text area on the left side and that will bring up two options in a list; PLAY FROM HERE and PLAY PASSAGE.  
Can a school district put a few students together who receive tests read by human? Yes, this is a local determination based on the needs of the students. But is absolutely allowed.  
Can you explain what the accommodation of "Read by Human Reader" will look like When the school indicates during test ordering that they have students who make use of the Test Read accommodation, NYSED ships paper tests to the school for those students.  The school will receive the paper copy of "Form A" so the proctor or designated human reader is able to read the same test to the student while the test is presented on the CBT platform. Setting the accommodation "Read Aloud (by human)" in Nextera Admin for the operational tests ensures that the student is testing on Form A on the computer.  You can find more details about the options for delivering the Test Read accommodation to students testing in a CBT grade level on CBT Support: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/115005670603-What-are-the-CBT-options-for-my-students-that-make-use-of-the-Test-Read-testing-accommodations- 
Speech to text isn't available for the simulation but is it available for CBT? Speech-to-Text is not software available through the Questar Secure Browser, but schools can determine how to deliver this accommodation to a student as it is an allowable testing accommodation for the Grades 3-8 ELA and Math exams.  You can find details on Speech-to-Text in the following article on CBT Support: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/115005673486-Can-my-students-who-use-speech-to-text-diction-software-test-on-computer- 
Is the answer eliminator ALWAYS available to students? Even those who will be needing accommodations on the simulation? The answer eliminator is a testing tool available to all students regardless of other accommodations needed. This tool is available during the simulation and during the operational and field test administrations. You can find more details about testing tools and accommodations in the following article on CBT Support: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360018711632-Video-Presentation-Spring-2019-CBT-Online-Testing-Tools-and-Testing-Accommodations 
During the simulation could the adult reader log in as a student in order to access the material that needs to be read?


We are also working to create PDFs of all Sampler 1s that could be used. 

Schools can create their own printable PDFs of any Question Sampler practice tests by copying and pasting the practice test into Word/PDF. 
Can you repeat what must be included in the IEP; does it need to specify "Text to Speech" or "Human"? For the IEP, Test Read should be documented. the "Implementation Recommendation" of this accommodation may be added to their IEP but this is not necessary. The fact that a student has "Test Read" noted as an accommodation means the school must determine the best and most appropriate way to deliver that accommodation to a student. At this time schools do not need to specify text to speech or human read aloud for CBT state tests as long as Test Read is documented. Schools may want to consider updating "implementation recommendations" going forward.  Please see the following article on CBT Support: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/115005467746-Do-we-update-a-student-s-IEP-or-504-Plan-for-CBT- 
How is the Scribe testing accommodation addressed with CBT testing?

You can find details about scribing for CBT in the following article on CBT Support: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/115005410746-How-does-the-testing-accommodation-use-of-a-scribe-work-for-computer-based-tests- 

Will directions be read aloud to students by the teacher? If a student has directions repeated or clarified as a testing accommodation, how is this addressed with CBT?

The testing accommodation "Directions Read" is not a testing accommodation that can be controlled through the Questar Secure Browser. 


We do not have teacher's directions for the simulation; schools should develop their own script for assisting students with starting the CBT practice tests.

For operational testing, you can find the the Teacher's Directions on CBT Support: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/115001362463-Teacher-s-Directions-for-Computer-Based-Testing-CBT- 
Can MLL student still get a bilingual dictionary for CBT testing? Bilingual Dictionaries and Glossaries—ELLs/MLLs may use bilingual dictionaries and glossaries when taking the 2018 Grades 3–8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests. These bilingual dictionaries and glossaries may provide only direct translations of words. Bilingual dictionaries or glossaries that provide definitions or explanations of words, and electronic dictionaries or glossaries with Internet access, are not permitted. The School Administrator's Manual (SAM) for 2019 has been posted: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/115001359443-School-Administrator-s-Manual-SAM-2019-Edition 
Do you need paper copy for test read human reader? For operational CBT, schools will automatically be shipped a paper copy of Form A for all students that have this accommodation.  
Can you create scrap paper with numbers next to an open space to help organization. Only if specified in a students IEP or 504 plan. otherwise, no. The scratch paper should be standardized across the state for operational tests.  
Can accommodations be layered? I see separate tests listed for TTS and Answer masking...what if students have both accommodations? They cannot be layered for CBT simulation, but students can have multiple testing accommodations for operational CBT. Absolutely. Students needing multiple accommodations will have them set in Nextera Admin prior to the administration. You can find more details in the following article on CBT Support: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/115002083963-Documentation-How-to-set-student-testing-accommodations-for-CBT  
For the simulation you'll be choosing the accommodations on the actual computer screen instead of before hand correct?

No, you are referring to the Question Sampler that allows for a student to select an accommodation when accessing the practice test.

The username on the login ticket will indicate the practice test with an accommodation. Secure Browser Practice Test Logins. 

For the Secure Browser practice tests, students with accommodations will have a special username that indicates the accommodation, such as "elag03tts" for "Text-to-Speech."  
Are the practice tests all multiple choice questions or are there some constructed response questions? The CBT Simulation tests have both multiple choice and constructed response questions. All practice tests begin with multiple choice questions and then have 2-3 constructed response questions at the end of the practice test.
Does the cut and paste feature work on the practice tests and if so how do you do it? If not please tell me how kids can practice this feature of the test. Cut, Copy and Paste are available only with the key features (Ctrl + X, Ctrl + C, Ctrl + V, etc.) The right click option is not available. Copy/Paste is not possible into the CBT Math Equation Editor boxes due to math markup language issues.
With all schools moving to computer based testing what will be the administration time line? In the past grades 3-8 have all had the same dates to administer the exams for ELA and Math. Will this remain or will there be different tests at different times? The CBT ELA administration for this Spring is April 1- April 8 and the CBT Math administration for this Spring is April 30- May 7. At the moment, we are continuing with a six-day testing window for CBT. There has been no further discussion about changing the current testing schedules. 
Can students have multiple pieces of scrap paper? Students are allowed additional pieces of scratch paper. All students are given the same amount to start the test. If students would like additional pieces, the student needs to raise their hand and the proctor should give the student an additional sheet. The student keeps all of their scratch paper until they are finished with the test.  
Where can we access the math tools when we are not in the simulation? Some tools are available to all students. Others are specific for testing accommodations. See last year's School Administrators Manual.

The practice tests are always available in the online Question Sampler and through the Secure Browser practice tests. 

You do not need to wait for our organized Statewide CBT Simulations to review the computer-based testing platform. 

Within a grade level, can some students take the ELA and others take the Math for the Simulation? Absolutely! This is a low-stakes testing experience. The school can determine how they want to participate and conduct their CBT simulation.   
Can we run a simulation for both simulation dates - 1 for ELA and 1 for Math? Yes.

We have heard that many schools are doing exactly that: using one simulation day for CBT ELA and the next simulation day for CBT math. 

Please remember: participation in the CBT Simulations is voluntary! 

Can you repeat what I need to do as a principal to gain administrative access? If you are not participating in operational CBT, and you just want to participate in the simulation, you should call Questar Customer Support at 866-997-0695 or email (ny.3-8.help@questarai.com).  
What is the purpose for the computer name written on the ticket? It's for tracking purposes in case you need to find the computer a student was testing on. Ex: test was submitted but you find out the network for your school was down for a few minutes. You can find that computer and resubmit the test.  
Can the simulation be taken more than once? The simulation uses the practice test forms that are always available. These practice tests can be taken multiple times.

The practice tests are always available in the online Question Sampler and through the Secure Browser practice tests. 

You do not need to wait for our organized Statewide CBT Simulations to review the computer-based testing platform.

How many articles are there for the 10-13 questions? Typically 2-3 ELA passages per practice test. The practice tests are the same as what is publicly available in our online Question Sampler  
I am thinking of doing each grade in my building (Grades 3, 4 and 5) at different times of the day, meaning all grade 3 at 9:00, all grade 4 at 10:00 and all grade 5 at 11:00. This is because we only have 150 laptops, enough for one grade at a time. Does this make sense? Sounds like a good plan! Schools can determine the best way to conduct the CBT Simulation in their school.   
Are there individual usernames for each student? For the simulation - all usernames will be according to the test and accommodation or lack thereof (ex. elag03, mathg07rc, etc.) The password is always practice. See sample login tickets in this presentation  on CBT Support You can find more details in the following article on CBT Support: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360022399412-Resource-Templates-for-Creating-NY-Statewide-CBT-Simulation-Student-Login-Tickets 
Do students need to be loaded into Nextera in order to create tickets for the simulation? If not where do we go to print those tickets? I am not finding it on Nextera at this time.

No, there is no rostering of students for the CBT Simulation.

For the simulation, you will not need to access Nextera Admin. The login tickets are available here: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360000813612-Secure-Browser-Practice-Test-Logins-2018-19-School-Year


These are codes added to the Secure Browser practice test usernames to represent testing accommodations:

  • IZ = Initial Zoom.
  • BCBP = Background Black (characters) on Pink (background)
  • RC = Reverse Contrast
Where do I get the simulation login tickets?

The simulation will use the Practice Test forms. The logins for these practice tests can be found here: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360000813612-Secure-Browser-Practice-Test-Logins-2018-19-School-Year

You can locate the CBT Simulation login ticket templates in the following article on CBT Support: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360022399412-Resource-Templates-for-Creating-NY-Statewide-CBT-Simulation-Student-Login-Tickets 
Can students take the practice tests many times? Yes. Students can take the practice tests as many times as needed.  
Can we test two different grades at the same time? Yes, you can. You can conduct the CBT Simulation in any way that is best within your school.   
Will an elementary teacher need to pick between ELA or math simulation or can they do both (i.e. 20min. of one and 20min. of another)? They can do both. You can conduct the CBT Simulation in any way that is best within your school.   
Are students allowed to use hand-help calculators and/ or scrap paper during CBT? Yes. 

You can find complete details on operational CBT in the School Administrator's Manual (SAM): https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/115001359443-School-Administrator-s-Manual-SAM-2019-Edition 

The following article on CBT Support will also help: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360022415891-What-can-students-bring-from-home-for-use-when-taking-the-computer-based-tests-CBT- 

Is a scrap piece of paper allowed for all students? Or only students with it written in their IEP? All students. Please review the CBT Teacher Directions CBT SUPPORT or on the Office of State Assessments website. CBT Teacher's Directions: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/115001362463-Teacher-s-Directions-for-Computer-Based-Testing-CBT- 
Where can I see a visual of what the secure browser looks like? Is there a place that has screen shots of this?

The Setup and Installation Guide will have all of the information (and visuals) of what you need. You can find it here: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/208474306-New-Nextera-Setup-Installation-Guide-2018-19-School-Year-

You can also watch a video about the Secure Browser: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/115001411623-Video-Learn-how-to-Download-and-Test-the-Questar-Secure-Browser 
Writing down the computer name is "best practice" - will a field for this be incorporated into the operational login tickets as well? If no, I would recommend this as an enhancement if possible. We are working with Questar to include this in the future. It may is not available this year.  
On regular testing day, does the school have to create a separate log-in ticket for each student testing? During operational CBT and and CBT field testing, YES! Schools will be able to print student login tickets for operational CBT ELA beginning on March 18. You can find details about how to print login tickets in the slides from the CBT roadshows (beginning on slide 116 for the Tests tab in Nextera Admin): https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360022774351-Presentation-Regional-CBT-Winter-Training-Sessions-2019-February-5-March-8-2019- 
There may be a number of Icons on a computer desk top. I could see some teachers not knowing how to direct their students on what icon to click on for the testing browser to open. Is there a consistent Icon they will look for? Yes, the secure browser icon is the same regardless of device/OS.

 This is what the icon will look like: 

What is a BEDS code? Basic Educational Data System - A 12-digit code assigned by NYSED that uniquely identifies schools, districts, and other institutions.


Do I have to add testing accommodations ahead of time?

Yes, you do for operational CBT! Accommodations must be set before printing student login tickets and before students log into the operational CBT exams. 

To ensure the student receives the correct student accommodation for the CBT simulations, you will need to use the practice test login for that accommodation. 

You can find more details about how to set student testing accommodations for operational CBT in the following article on CBT Support: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/115002083963-Documentation-How-to-set-student-testing-accommodations-for-CBT  
Is there a time limit that the CBT Simulation will be available that day OR will we be able to complete the simulation at ANY time that day?

No, the CBT practice tests are always available.

You can run a simulation at anytime. There is no definite set time that the simulation should be run. We had a suggested during the morning. We understand not all schools can scheduele for the morning. The simulation shouldn't be more than 40 minutes.

Is there an end time? The simulation can be run at anytime. The sessions shouldn't be no longer than 40 minutes.  
No end time? I understand you recommend starting at 8:30 am-9:00 am. But we could do at 2:00 pm? There is no end time...it runs all day on Feb. 26? Yes, you can start the simulation at anytime. We only suggested the time for the morning. The simulation should not be any longer than 40 minutes.

Schools can determine how best to conduct the CBT Simulations within their school. Participation in the CBT Simulations is voluntary. 

I understand scores will not be provided but will students be informed whether or not responses are right or wrong? No, this is mainly a walk through to test the network infrastructures and for schools to run through their in-house procedures. Responses will not be recorded or saved, so there is no way to inform students if their responses were correct or incorrect. All Question Sampler practice tests have answer keys that can be downloaded: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360022595072-Where-can-I-find-the-Answer-Keys-for-the-CBT-Practice-Tests- 
Can teachers see practice test answers that students submit? Unfortunately, not at this time. This is a tool for students to practice use of the testing tools on the CBT platform.  
How different will this year's proctor webinar be from last year's proctor webinar? Not that different. Important information will be the same. We will add some additional proctor tips that we learned from last year, and we are also adding the best practices to this webinar: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360023883591-Registration-Open-2019-New-York-State-Computer-Based-Testing-CBT-Proctor-Training-Best-Practices-Webinar 
Where can I find the proctor webinar

You can find last years proctor webinar on CBT Support at the following: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360001978551-Video-Presentation-CBT-Proctor-Webinar-March-21-2018

Registration for this year's Proctor Training webinar that will be held on March 15 is at the following URL: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360023883591-Registration-Open-2019-New-York-State-Computer-Based-Testing-CBT-Proctor-Training-Best-Practices-Webinar 
March 20 is quite late for proctoring seminar. Could you release information ahead of time - or can we use last year's webinar?

Yes, you can review last year's webinar.

Update: we moved the Proctor Webinar to March 15: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360023883591-Registration-Open-2019-New-York-State-Computer-Based-Testing-CBT-Proctor-Training-Best-Practices-Webinar

The CBT Team is traveling for training the first two weeks of March 2019.



Where can I find a copy of this CBT Simulation presentation online? 

You can find the presentation anytime on CBT Support: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360022442152-Presentation-Information-Webinar-for-the-Statewide-CBT-Simulation

Can you give students more scratch paper? Yes, a student can receive as much scratch paper as needed.


Once the Simulation Days are completed how and when will we receive feedback on how the statewide test went? NYSED will offer a survey for schools to provide feedback to us about their CBT Simulation experience. NYSED and Questar will review data from the CBT Simulations after the second simulation on March 5. We will share any important findings via the CBT Listserv and the new CBT Simulation section on CBT Support: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/sections/360003725431-Statewide-CBT-Simulations 


The closest scoring training for in-district scorers seems to be just south of Albany, is there anyway one can be offered on Long Island? In 2017, the first year of operational CBT, NYSED and Questar conducted ScorePoint training at Nassau in Long Island. There has been no request since then to repeat this training in that location, but you can attend the ScorePoint training webinar offered on March 18: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360000469352-Registration-Regional-CBT-ScorePoint-Training-Sessions-March-2019 In Long Island, nearly all districts (except for one this year) are using third party vendor scoring. They did not need training for ScorePoint this year. 
Is the secure browser automatically updated in the Google Store? When we enter in the app id in our console. Yes, the Secure Browser is automatically updated on Chromebooks (you do not need to "push" updates on Chromebooks).   
The CBT templates didn't come to my primary messages in gmail. That email was in the "promotions" tab. Not sure if you want to resend or let people know that. This is due to how you have your own gmail inbox set up. In gmail, if you move that email to another "inbox," then The Google will prompt you to ask if you "always" want such email being delivered to the specified inbox.   
Can the paper-copy of the sample tests be created and posted rather than everyone doing it themselves? Yes, we are working on this. We'll try to provide printable PDFs for schools before the February 26th CBT Simulation.  When available, they will be posted in the new CBT Simulations section on CBT Support: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/sections/360003725431-Statewide-CBT-Simulations 
If we did the CBT field test last year, is this pretty much the same thing? Yes, your students will have the same CBT experience.   
Can you install secure browser in kiosk mode on chrome books? Yes, please consult the Nextera Setup & Installation Guide for exact steps: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/208474306-New-Nextera-Setup-Installation-Guide-2018-19-School-Year-   
Is there going to be an administration "view" of students working during the simulation? No, the CBT Simulation will not make use of Nextera Admin as do the operational CBT exams.  
How can we see in administrative view if there are any issues during the simulation? You should have active proctors in the classroom. The CBT Simulation is an opportunity to conduct a dry-run of the day of operational CBT to identify ways you can streamline the CBT administration in your school.  You may also find computers that don't work, such as volume not working on a computer that needs Text-to-Speech or a computer that cannot connect to the internet. We will be looking forward to hearing from all schools about their CBT Simulation experience! 
We have a question about a real testing day, not the simulation. What is the demographic information that the students are going to have to verify and what happens if a part, or parts of that information is wrong? For instance, name is correct, but grade or DOB is wrong.

The student demographic information that appears on-screen during the operational CBT exams is from your school's student management system (SMS)--the data that is sent to the Level 2 (L2) data warehouse as part of your enrollment records. 

If DOB is wrong on test day, the student can take the test; the school must correct this student data in their SMS. 


If a grade level is wrong, the student should not take the test. The student will be served the grade level test that is indicated on the student demographic screen in the Secure Browser. Stop and call your RIC or Questar for further advisement.

All schools can contact their Regional Information Centers (RICs) for assistance with CBT: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360016363112-How-do-I-contact-my-Regional-Information-Center-RIC-Testing-Department- 
What does the test look like for ELLs who are entitled to take the math exam with an English and native language (i.e. Spanish) booklet side by side?

Students who are testing in alternate language CBT math will test in the alternate language on-screen and have a paper English test copy for reference.

Schools will set the alternate language for CBT math as a testing accommodation in Nextera Admin. 

You can find more details in the following article on CBT Support: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/115002592786-How-do-we-set-up-students-to-take-the-an-alternate-language-math-test-on-computer- 
I was told that the Browser on devices used last year for CBT were 'auto updated' - is that correct ? Yes, if you are using Chromebooks and your technical network team has "automatic updates" enabled for your school.  You can confirm you have the correct Secure Browser version on student testing devices by following the guidance in this article: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360021965172-How-can-we-confirm-the-version-of-the-Secure-Browser-currently-installed-on-our-students-testing-devices- 
For the operational CBT exams, how often are the log in tickets updated for newly enrolled students? Students are only loaded once to Nextera Admin for operational CBT administration windows. Any missing students, such as students enrolled after the CBT student data pull, can be added manually to Nextera Admin.  You can find the CBT data requirements with a timeline in the following article on CBT Support: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360020403871-New-11-29-18-CBT-Data-Requirements-Grades-3-8-ELA-and-Math 
This may be a silly question but are wifi batteries the computer batteries? No, the WiFi batteries are not related to the student's computer. These are batteries in a local internet hotspot that might be set up in a testing classroom to allow students to connect to the internet outside of a "land line."   
During practice tests, if student does actually take a long pause (e.g. goes to the bathroom), will the test timeout? The Secure Browser does not time out.  You can find advice about pausing a practice test in the following article on CBT Support: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360024043772-FAQ-Can-students-pause-the-CBT-Simulation-practice-tests- 

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