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Fully Automated Testing (FAT) Administration

►How is this administration different?

  • Test site administrators must submit a Test Site Administrator Registration and Agreement form acknowledging their intent to use the Fully Automated Testing method.
  • Students must be prepared with the rules for testing at home and feel comfortable being video recorded, and give written consent in the honor code.
  • "FAT" must be selected on the student enrollment in E-SESS. There is an additional cost to use this method. See the pricing table on the Overview page.
  • Policies and Rules are different, so please reference them.
  • The test must be scheduled with CTECS.

►How should students behave while taking the test?

Please refer to Policies and Rules. Moreover, test takers should be instructed to behave and interact with the test just as they normally would in a school setting.

►What can test site administrators do to ensure that students perform their best? 

Ensure each student follows the student checklist:

  • I have run the system check.
  • I have my test ticket.
  • I have read the rules.
  • I have cleared my desk or table.
  • I have only one monitor.

Test Site Administrators should have each student also complete the practice test. (see IT Requirements)

Students can help their scores by going through the WRS Learning Modules and vocabulary exercises online.

►Will it be easier for students to cheat with the Fully Automated Testing system?

No. Fully automated testing is a powerful deterrent to cheating since entire testing sessions are recorded. A detailed log of suspicious browser activity and audio-visual responses are recorded during each testing session. The software performs many different “checks.” For example, it ensures the student focuses on the test screen, monitors the light and other factors in the room, checks for suspicious objects and background voice activity, and watches the browser window to detect changes. Any incident will immediately red flag the testing session.

►What if I need to change from in-school testing to fully automated?

No problem. Simply change the proctor type on the student's enrollment in the E-SESS system to "FAT." Test site administrators must also submit a Test Site Administrator Registration and Agreement form acknowledging their use of the FAT method. Since this option is a non-mandatory part of the same form, it is best to acknowledge intent to potentially use both methods.  

►Can I offer more retakes if the student switches methods?

No retakes are allowed for the WRA. For the technical skills assessments, students are only allowed up to one retake (paid by district) for any school year, regardless of method.


Registration and Scheduling

►Can I test students who are already enrolled?

Yes, there is no need to re-enroll any students.

►Can I enroll students to be tested?

It depends on the test. ICTE will enroll for TSA post-tests. Refer to the calendar on this page for details.

►Does CTECS staff need to know the time the test will be taken?

We must know the date you intend to test and the more specific you can be, the better. Support is offered from 9am-5pm EDT weekdays.

►Will the student login process be different?

No. The student will log in to the assessment just as they would if they were at school, using the information on the test ticket.


Test Day

►How is the student’s identity verified?

The test site administrators will verify identity and video recording also allows this to be checked.

►Can I use the E-SESS Report “Current Status” to see the progress of my students’ testing?

Yes. As usual, you can see what time the test was begun, the student's progress through each test item, and the running time of the test.

►Is the student recorded during testing?

Yes, the entire testing session is recorded.

►On test day, how do I know my home computer will work with fully automated testing?

Confirm the IT requirements and run the systems check.

►What happens if there are technical issues during the test?

If the student experiences a technical problem while testing, the student should close the test and contact the test site administrator or teacher. Then, if necessary, the test site administrator should contact Robyn Marshall (, 404-994-6534) at CTECS to discuss the incident and the options for continuing the test.

►What happens if the system indicates that the student may have cheated?

CTECS staff and the test site administrator will be made aware of the incident and be able to review flagged, possible cheating incidents to determine if cheating took place. After which, school policy will apply, just as in normal testing with a live proctor. If it is determined that a student was cheating, the test will be invalidated.