Testwise has been upgraded

Why are we upgrading Testwise?

We are upgrading Testwise to provide you with a more efficient testing process. The new, significantly improved platform is easier to use and saves you hours of administration time. It gives you more flexibility when it comes to choosing which levels you would like to use, allows you to control the assessment start time ensuring all pupils start at the same time, enables you to customise reports that group pupils in a way that makes sense to you, and more.

Here's a sneak peak of the upgraded Testwise with all its new features and how this will benefit you: 

What's new?

Single pupil records
You no longer need to create a pupil record for every assessment administered. Instead, you will have one record for each pupil which can be used across multiple assessments. In addition to this, the new custom fields give you the option of adding in your own school data for each pupil, as well as ethnicity and SEN. So when it comes to grouping your pupils, you can do so in a way that makes more sense to you

Multiple user accounts
You will be able to create multiple administrative user accounts for a single school account. This enables you to control the access rights for different users.

Pupil access
Each pupil will have their own 8-digit Access Code for each assessment they are allocated, making it simple for younger children to enter the code themselves. The Access Code replaces the current process of identifying the Register ID and Password from a list. You also have more control over the start of an assessment so that all pupils can start at the same time. This also takes up less admin time than the current version. See FAQs below. 

Choice in which levels to choose
Instead of deciding which levels you would like to test with prior to purchasing, a new ‘Services’ section enables you to use your credits across all levels of assessment.

Tablet delivery  
Whilst the Baseline assessments have been redeveloped to make the 1-2-1 administration process more efficient, CAT4 and PASS have now also been optimised for use on a tablet. Over the course of 2017, we will be migrating more products over to tablet format.

Support

We are anticipating higher than normal levels of calls to our Support Team. Please be sure to view our getting started videos and check out our FAQs below first, you may be able to find the answer to your query without the need to contact us in person.


If you
do have any further questions, please email our Support Team at support@gl-assessment.co.uk or call +44 (0)330 123 5375.

We are currently operating extended support hours to ensure our Technical Support Team are on hand to help you with any queries. Click here to see the extended hours.

Watch our videos for help getting started

An overview of the 'student area' including details of how to upload students

 

An overview of the 'sittings area' including how to create a sitting

 

An overview of the main report functions including how to create a report

 

FAQs

Have I lost the availability of progress reports if tests are taken on each platform?

No – the previous 5 years’ worth of data has been migrated to the new platform. This will allow you to generate reports on your historic data as well as generating progress reports that include data from previous academic years.

Please note: so you can continue to access your data, you will need to ensure all partially completed assessments are completed before 30 March.

Is the new platform be available for tablets?

We are in the process of ensuring all digital products are tablet compatible. CAT4 and PASS can be taken on a tablet. Throughout 2017 we will be adapting other digital products for tablet, most notably; NGRT, PTM and PTE.

Will you be providing training on how to use the new platform?

We have developed a new help site – https://help.testingforschools.com/ – that all schools can access that provides introductory videos and step-by-step guides to the platform.

We are confident that this site will provide existing Testwise users all the information they need to be able to use the new platform.

If you have a particular question about the new platform after the upgrade, then our Technical Support team will be able to help. They can be contacted in the following ways:

support@gl-assessment.co.uk or call +44 (0)3301235375 

Are there any instructions for pupils on how to access the tests?

Yes - We have created instructions that pupils can use to access the online tests. These can also be exported to PDF by clicking the link at the bottom of the page. 

https://help.testingforschools.com/display/HOH/Test+Taking+Instructions+for+Students

Will I still use the same username and password to log in?

No – the current key admin user has been sent a reset password email. The email contains a reset password link. Upon clicking this link, you will be asked to set a new password. Once a new password has been created you will be granted access to the system. Other school users can be created by following these instructions: https://help.testingforschools.com/display/HOH/Create+Users

To log into the system, all users will be required to enter their email address (which is the account that the reset password email has been sent to) and the password they set during the user activation process. Please see our help site for more details:

https://help.testingforschools.com/display/HOH/Activate+My+Account

https://help.testingforschools.com/display/HOH/Logging+In

If a user has forgotten their password any School Admin user can reset the user password by following the instructions below:

https://help.testingforschools.com/display/HOH/Reset+User+Passwords

Do the new Pupil Access codes mean more admin for me?

No - this process will be much quicker for you. 

Student login process

Current process

New process

Access: www.testingforschools.com [CustomerID]

Access: www.testingforschools.com

Select ‘Take a test or complete a survey’

Enter access code

Enter the Register ID

Click ‘Start Test’

Search and select student name

 

Click ‘View tests’

 

Enter Password (optional)

 

Click ‘Take Now’

 

Will Lucid products be available on the new platform?

Lucid products will not be available on the new platform from April, however, we are looking to integrate the Lucid product portfolio into the new platform in the near future.

Are PiM and PiE being migrated over?

PiM and PiE data is being migrated so you will be able to generate PiM and PiE reports, however, you will no longer be able to administer PiM and PiE digital tests.

New editions of the Progress Test Series are now available and can be administered on the new platform. The new editions respect the legacy of its predecessor (Progress in Maths, PiM and Progress in English, PiE) while providing brand new content relevant to the UK Curricula, including the new English national curriculum and a new standardisation. Please see the links below for further information:

http://www.gl-assessment.co.uk/products/progress-test-maths

http://www.gl-assessment.co.uk/products/progress-test-english

Why aren’t previous CAT3 results being migrated as part of the upgrade?

We took the decision not to migrate any CAT3 results because the product has now been withdrawn for over 12 months, and unlike PiM and PiE, data from CAT3 cannot be used in any Combination reports. We also wanted to ensure that for most customers the data that we migrated into the new central student area would be relevant and useful to minimise the amount of achiving that each school would have to undertake to remove student records that they no longer want to view.

Why do I have so many student in my Student Management area?

We have migrated all student data from 1st September 2010 to ensure that all current students and their testing history have been captured. This does there may be students within the student list that have now left the school. If this is the case then please follow the archive process to remove them from the list. https://help.testingforschools.com/display/HOH/Archive+Students

How do I remove students from my student list?

If you need to remove students from your Student Management area  then please follow the archive process.

https://help.testingforschools.com/display/HOH/Archive+Students

How do I easily identify ‘leavers’?

In the majority of cases, most leavers should have the final school year/grade (i.e. Year 11) set as their year group, as this would be the last year group they were associated with.

To easily find Year 11 students we recommend you filter the student list by year group via the filter pane on the left hand side of the screen
https://help.testingforschools.com/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=1147101

You can then sort the date of birth column to show the oldest students first https://help.testingforschools.com/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=1147097

Please note: depending on the number of leavers that need to be archived, you may need to click the ‘Load more’ button. 

When you have identified all students who have a date of birth outside of the valid age range, click the ‘Select all’ button.

Select the Archive button and follow the archive process. https://help.testingforschools.com/display/HOH/Archive+Students

All leavers will be removed from your student area.

Please note: all reports containing archived student data will still remain, however, moving forward you will not be able to assign a test or generate new reports containing the archived student.

Why can’t I bulk update student lists?

Many of you have told us that you would  like the ability to update your student database en masse eg when moving students from one school year group to the next.  We're working on it for you now and are confident that this facility will be available for the Autumn Term.