Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), ALSDE's testing vendor, has provided a training environment called the Online Tools Training to help students learn about the online testing system and familiarize themselves with the user interface in advance of testing.
Students can access the OTT as often as needed or desired, either in the classroom or from home.
The OTT allows students to experience the same testing interface they will encounter during operational testing and to experiment with the features and tools that will be available during an actual test. As students move through the OTT practice items, grade-appropriate directions orient them on how to navigate through the items and use the tools.
On-screen practice hints within each item guide students to practice with specific tools and features of the online test.
(Note: These hints do not appear in a live test administration)
The OTT runs on a standard Google Chrome web browser and can be accessed by students and parents outside of the school environment as well.
To access the Online Training Tools, click this link:
Once they are logged in to the OTT, the students will click through several screens with instructions, test security guidelines, and helpful hints about testing. These screens are included so that students can have an authentic practice experience. The guidelines and instructions, however, do NOT have to be followed in this practice experience as they would be in an actual test session.