AMP PRACTICE TESTS
No More Paper & Pencils
The purpose of the Technology Practice Tests is to familiarize students with Alaska’s new computer-based test delivery system (called KITE) and to give them an opportunity to practice the types of questions that will be on the AMP assessments.
- The Technology Practice Tests are NOT meant to illustrate the rigor and complexity of the questions students will encounter on the test this spring. The Technology Practice Tests cover only a small amount of the content in the Alaska English Language Arts and Math Standards and should not be used to inform instruction. Scores are not provided on the Technology Practice Tests and students can login and practice an unlimited number of times.
- Students need multiple opportunities to practice using the Technology Practice Tests so that they are familiar with using the tools and functions that are part of the AMP tests. Students should practice on the same types of devices (e.g., computers, tablets) that they use most often during instruction. Students should also take the summative assessment on the type of device that they are most familiar with using in the classroom.
How to Access the Alaska Measures of Progress Technology Practice Test
The general Technology Practice Tests give students practice with Universal Tools (the tools all students can use).
STEP 1. Download the KITE test engine onto your computer (desktop, laptop, or tablet). Go to http://akassessments.org/kite for instructions and links.
STEP 2. Click on the KITE icon (Be sure to write down the login and password for the level of test you want to launch. Once you are in the KITE client it will lock down the browser). This will open the first screen.
STEP 3. Type in the Username and Password
- Elementary ELA & MATH (grades 3–5): Login: amp.el Password: fish4
- Middle School ELA & MATH (grades 6–8): Login: amp.ms Password: zany9
- High School ELA & MATH (grades 9–10) : Login: amp.hs Password: tree6
STEP 4. The next screen contains two options: Take a Test and Practice Tests.
STEP 5. Choose Practice Tests. This will open a screen with a list of available
Technology Practice Tests.
STEP 6. Choose ELA (English language Arts) or Math. This will open the Instructions Page.
STEP 7. The first page is the instructions; scroll to read the entire page. Choose “Begin” at the bottom of the page to open the first question in the Technology Practice Test.
SUGGESTIONS FOR USE WITH STUDENTS
Here are some examples of the types of features in the general Technology Practice Tests that you will want to review with students:
- Show how to navigate using the status bar at the top of the page and the navigation buttons. Show students how the number turns green when a question has been answered.
- Read the directions for each question and review how to answer. On the summative assessment these directions will not be visible in order to decrease the amount of text on a page; students can select a help link (question mark icon) to view instructions.
- Model when and why to use the flag feature (e.g., if students find themselves stuck on a problem, they can flag it and then go back to it later; it shows as blue in the bar at the top of the page).
- Model the strikethrough feature to show how it can be used to eliminate answer options for multiple choice questions.
- Model how to use the final review page to make sure all items have been completed and how students can return to a specific item by clicking on the number.
With the English Language Arts passages:
- Show students how to scroll through the questions and the passage; explain to students how they can look back at the passage on the left side of the screen when answering the questions on the right side of the screen.
- Discuss how the tags may be useful to identify features such as the main idea when reading.
- Practice looking for a word in the passage by using the search function.
On the Math test:
- Show students how to access the calculator (available only on the grade 6-8 and grade 9-10 test).
- Practice using scratch paper to solve math problems and then entering the answers on the screen.
- Practice placing points on a graph and double clicking to remove the points; practice moving the line after it has been placed.