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Work with your SSD coordinator to configure test settings for every student who's testing with accommodations or English learner supports. You'll also need to enable assistive technology for students who use it. These students will need to take additional steps before they start testing. Read about these below in Testing with Assistive Technology.

We recommend starting two weeks before test day.

TIDE Test Settings

You can manage test settings in TIDE by uploading a file or searching for students and selecting their settings manually.

Download a Template

  1. Log in to TIDE.
  2. From the Test Settings and Tools menu, select Upload Test Settings and Tools.
  3. Use the Download Template drop-down to download the Excel or .csv template.

Prepare Your File

  1. Open the file in a spreadsheet application like Excel or a text editor.
  2. For each student, add a row for every test setting the student needs in every test section. The example below includes settings for a student approved for a 4-function calculator and extended time in math. There are 3 rows for that student: one for the calculator, one for extended time in Math Test – Calculator, and one for extended time in Math Test – No Calculator.
  3. In column A, add the student's registration number exactly as it appears in TIDE.
  4. Select from the drop-down options in columns B–D. Find out which options to choose for students who use English learner (EL) supports, JAWS, NVDA, or TTS.
  5. Save the file.

Upload Your File

  1. On the Upload Test Settings and Tools page, click Browse to find the file you saved.
  2. Preview the file and make sure it has the correct values before clicking Continue with Upload. If you find errors, correct them by clicking Upload Revised File, and repeat the steps listed above.

Uploading your file can take a while; don’t press Cancel. Once the upload is complete, you’ll see a confirmation.

Note: Large files are processed offline; you'll receive an email when the process is complete.

Make Critical Manual Selections

After you upload your file, you'll need to make a few manual selections in each student's record.

  1. To search for a student, select View/Edit/Export Students from the Student Information menu.
  2. Click the pencil icon next to the student's name in the search results.
  3. Expand the State or College Board Approved Accommodations section.
  4. In the Accommodations drop-down, do one of the following:
    • Select College Board Accommodations if the accommodations have been approved by the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) program.
    • Select State-Allowed Accommodations if your school is part of a state contract and the accommodations are state allowed, not College Board approved.
    • Make no selection if the student is taking the PSAT 8/9 and their accommodations are not approved by the College Board or the state.
  5. Select Yes for Non-Embedded Accommodations if the student will use accommodations implemented outside the AIR® test delivery system, such as separate settings, scribes, and readers.
  6. Select Yes for English Learner (EL) Supports if the student will be using translated test directions, an approved glossary, or extended time for English learners.
  7. Repeat steps 1–6 for each student listed on your uploaded file.
  1. To search for a student, select View/Edit/Export Students from the Student Information menu.
  2. Click the pencil icon next to the student's name in the search results.
  3. Expand the sections and make the appropriate selections. Find out which options to choose for students who use English learner (EL) supports, JAWS, NVDA, or TTS.
  4. Click Save.

English Learner (EL) Supports

For English learners who need testing supports, open the State or College Board Approved Accommodations section on the View/Edit Student page and select the Yes option for English Learner Supports. For students who need it, configure test settings for extended time separately by opening the Test Time and Breaks section. Get more information about testing supports for English learners.

Text-to-Speech

Take these steps for students who use TTS.

Follow the instructions for uploading settings for multiple students or selecting settings for one student and choose these settings:

Important: Complete this step for the questionnaire and every test section.

Select other test time and breaks options only if the student is approved for another accommodation.

  1. In the Reading/Seeing Test section, select one of the following from the Text-to-Speech/Assistive Technology options:
    • TTS: Read Text Only—enables the native speech synthesizer to read the text on the screen and the short image description.
    • TTS: Read Text and Graphics—reads the alternative long description of images and the text on the screen.
    • AT: JAWS, NVDA, Braille Display, etc.—renders the alternative long description for an image to convey necessary information. It's intended for students with visual impairment using assistive technology devices.
  2. In the Test Time and Breaks section, your selection depends on which option you selected in step 1:
    • TTS: Read Text Only—select 50% extended time for all sections.
    • TTS: Read Text and Graphics—select 100% extended time for all sections.
    • AT: JAWS, NVDA, Braille Display, etc.—select 100% extended time for the Writing and Language Test only.

Supported Operating Systems

TTS is available on all supported operating systems, however TTS with tracking is not supported on Linux OS. Students who need TTS with tracking must use a different operating system.

Supported Voice Packs

The built-in voice packs for these operating systems are supported:

  • Chrome OS
  • Windows
  • Mac
  • iOS
  • Android

If students need to use a voice pack that’s not listed above, test it with the secure browser in the Student Digital Test Preview to make sure it works.

Desmos Calculator Settings

Because the calculator provides its own spoken output (including symbols), we recommend disabling keyboard echo completely and adjusting punctuation. Here's how:

  1. In the VoiceOver utility, set your typing echo to say nothing, change the speaking of numbers from digits to words.
  2. Set the punctuation level to Some.

We strongly encourage schools to test the TTS settings before test day. You can check these settings through the diagnostic page. From the Student Digital Test Preview test login screen, click the Run Diagnostics link, and then click the Text-to-Speech Check button.

JAWS

Take these steps for students who use the JAWS screen reader.

Test or SSD coordinators should follow the instructions for uploading settings for multiple students or selecting settings for one student and choose these settings:

  1. In the Reading/Seeing Test section, select AT: JAWS, NVDA, Braille Display, etc. from the Text-to-Speech/Assistive Technology options. Do this for the questionnaire and every test section.
  2. In the Test Time and Breaks section, select 100% extended time for the Writing and Language Test. Select other test time and breaks options only if the student is approved for another accommodation.

Follow these steps to modify the configuration file:

Note: If you installed JAWS to a different location, navigate to the appropriate directory.

  1. Open the JAWS ConfigNames.ini file. Go to Start > All Programs > JAWS 2018 > Explore JAWS > Explore Shared Settings
  2. In the ConfigNames.ini file, locate the line of text containing firefox:3=firefox. At the end of this line, press Enter and type CBSecureBrowser=Firefox
  3. Save the file.
  4. Depending on how JAWS is installed on your computer, you may need to modify a second file with the same name in a second folder. Go to Start > All Programs > JAWS 2018 > Explore JAWS > Explore My Settings. Repeat steps 2 and 3.

Troubleshooting tip: If you receive an error that you don't have permission to save the .ini file to this location, save the file to your desktop as "ConfigNames.ini." Then copy it to the folder containing the original .ini file. Confirm that you want to replace the original file with the file you created.

For students using refreshable braille devices (RBDs) for the Reading and Writing and Language sections, the correct JAWS settings must be applied before the secure browser is launched. Here's how:

  1. Open JAWS and go to Utilities > Settings Center. The Settings Center window opens.
  2. From the Application drop-down list at the top of the window, select Firefox.
  3. Expand the Braille settings, General subsettings, and Translation subsettings in the Search for settings panel on the left. The Settings Center window displays the options for Braille Translation.
  4. In the Translation section, verify the Language drop-down list is set to English–United States. For a student who prefers contracted braille, select Unified English Braille Grade 2 from the Output and Input drop-down lists. For a student who prefers uncontracted braille, select Unified English Braille Grade 1 from the Output drop-down list.
  5. In the Braille Mode section make sure only the following settings are checked:
    • Active cursor follows Braille Display
    • Enable Word Wrap
    • Auto Detect Braille Display using Bluetooth
  6. Click Apply, then OK.
  1. Open JAWS and go to Utilities > Settings Center to open the Settings Center window.
  2. In the Search for settings panel on the left, expand the Text Processing settings and Number And Date Processing subsettings. Click Speak Dollars.
  3. Mark the Speak Dollars checkbox.
  4. Click Apply, then OK.

Adjust the voice profile, speaking rate, verbosity, and punctuation settings before test day.

  1. Open JAWS and go to Options > Voices > Voice Adjustment.
    1. Select a voice profile from the Profile Name drop-down list. Click Apply.
    2. Drag the Rate slider to control how fast words are read aloud. Click Apply.
  2. From the JAWS Settings Center:
    1. Go to Punctuation and select from the Punctuation Level drop-down list. A higher level of punctuation can be helpful for proofreading and editing. Some students find a lower level is less distracting for more casual reading. Click Apply, then OK.
    2. Go to Speech Verbosity, select from the Verbosity Level, and configure the verbosity levels for effective language use. Click Apply, then OK.

To generate spoken output from Desmos on devices that use Windows and JAWS 2018 or higher, select Full Speech when setting the Speech on Demand mode. This is especially important for users of ZoomText Fusion 2018 which leverages JAWS to provide speech and braille support. To cycle through Speech on Demand options, press Insert + Space, S or Caps Lock + Space, S.

Because the calculator provides its own spoken output (including symbols), we recommend disabling keyboard echo completely and adjusting punctuation. Here's how:

  1. Set keyboard echo to None by pressing Insert + 2 or Caps Lock + 2. You can also change it within the JAWS Setting Center.
  2. Set the punctuation level to Some.

NVDA

Take these steps for students who use the NVDA screen reader.

Test or SSD coordinators should follow the instructions for uploading settings for multiple students or selecting settings for one student and choose these settings:

  1. In the Reading/Seeing Test section, select AT: JAWS, NVDA, Braille Display, etc. from the Text-to-Speech/Assistive Technology options. Do this for the questionnaire and every test section.
  2. In the Test Time and Breaks section, select 100% extended time for the Writing and Language Test. Select extended time for other sections only if the student is approved for an extended time accommodation.

Choose voice, braille, and keyboard settings before test day.

Voice Settings

  • Punctuation/Symbol Level: Click NVDA + p to control how many punctation marks and other symbols are spoken as words.
  • To generate spoken output from the embedded Desmos calculator:
    1. Set the punctuation level to Some.
    2. Disable keyboard echo completely by pressing Insert + 2 or Caps lock + 2 (for characters) and Insert + 3 or Caps lock + 3 (for words). You can also find the options for speaking typed characters and words in the Keyboard tab of the NVDA Settings dialog.

Braille Settings

Braille Tethered To: Click NVDA + Ctrl + t to choose whether the braille display follows the system focus or the navigator object/review cursor.

Keyboard Settings (NVDA + Ctrl + k)

  • Speak Typed Characters: Click NVDA + 2 to adjust NVDA to announce all typed characters.
  • Speak Typed Words: Click NVDA + 3 to adjust NVDA to announce all typed words.
  • Speak Command Keys: Click NVDA + 4 to adjust NVDA to announce all noncharacter keys typed on the keyboard, including key combinations such as Ctrl + another character.

Fusion

Take these steps to make sure that ZoomText and Fusion recognize the secure browser:

  1. If Fusion is running, close it.
  2. Make sure that hidden files are displayed on the computer.
  3. Navigate to the folder where ZoomText or Fusion is installed on the computer: Local Disk (C: )> ProgramData>Freedom Scientific>ZoomText>[Your ZoomText version]
  4. Open the ZoomTextConfig file in Notepad.
  5. Locate the line that includes the text D2DPatch.
  6. On the same line, type ~CBSecureBrowser12.0, immediately after ~Firefox, (include the tilde and comma).
  7. Save and close the file.

Braille Display

When you configure screen readers for students who use a screen reader with a refreshable braille device, keep in mind:

  • They can access the Reading and Writing and Language sections by default.
  • The Math sections (with and without calculator) use Nemeth code, which does not readily display on refreshable braille devices and will require the use of Braille Graphs and Figures.
  • Equations can be written in Nemeth and Unified English Braille (UEB) for student-produced response questions.
  • Computer braille input and output are required for students using the online calculator.

Testing with Assistive Technology

Students who test with JAWS, NVDA, and other assistive technology use the same secure bowser as other students. They'll see the test in streamline mode, which arranges the test content vertically. The stimuli appear at the top of the page, and questions appear in sequence below their passages.

Accessibility software must be certified for use with the test delivery application. To make sure the assistive technology works with the assessment and that its functions are permitted by the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) program, launch the test preview from the secure browser on a testing device like the one the student will use on test day.

Students must use devices running supported Windows, Mac, Chrome, or Linux operating systems. For security reasons, students can't use iPads with assistive technology. Go to Supported Operating Systems.

Your students should make sure they’re comfortable with the test settings before test day. They can practice navigating the test on the test preview. Take these steps to get them started:

  1. Get a testing device like the one your students will use on test day.
  2. Make sure the secure browser is installed.
  3. Open the secure browser and launch the test preview.

Taking a Digital Test with Assistive Technology includes instructions for students.

Students take these steps to get started on test day:

Note: If you click within the secure browser before you configure your accessibility software, the secure browser won’t work properly.

Important: To change settings again, you'll need to sign out of the secure browser.

  1. Open the assistive technology software.
  2. Open the secure browser.
  3. Sign in and select the correct test. After the proctor admits you to the test, you'll see the operating system menu and task bar.
    • On Windows, the CB Secure Browser resizes and the taskbar remains visible inside the test in its usual position. Press Alt+Tab to switch between the CB Secure Browser and permitted accessibility applications.
    • On MacOS, the CB Secure Browser resizes and students can view the dock in its usual position inside the test. If the dock is set to autohide, no resizing occurs and the dock is only visible when the mouse moves toward the bottom of screen. Press Cmd+Tab to switch between the CB Secure Browser and permitted accessibility applications.
  4. Switch to the accessibility software so it appears over the secure browser.
    • On Windows, click the accessibility software application in the task bar.
    • On MacOS, click the accessibility software application in the dock.
  5. Configure the verbosity, punctuation, text processing, and other settings as needed.
  6. Switch back to the secure browser.
  7. As soon as the proctor starts the test, you can begin answering questions.

Contact College Board

For Help with Digital Testing and AIR

By Email

[email protected]

By Phone

855-373-6387

Hours: 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m. ET, Monday–Friday

For Help with Accommodations

By Email

[email protected]

By Phone

844-255-7728 (toll free, for educators with SSD inquiries only)

Hours: 8 a.m.–6 p.m. ET, Monday–Friday