Please see The Idaho CTE Assessment Guide for Idaho-specific information on TSAs. Frequently asked questions are summarized immediately below (in blue) and additional CTECS administration FAQs follow.
What students are required to take assessments?
All CTE Seniors who are enrolled in at least their 2nd CTE course (grades 9 ‐ 12) should take the WRA exam. Any Junior/Senior enrolled in a Capstone Course (the final course in a Pathway Program) is expected to take the TSA exam.
For a full list of current capstone courses and their corresponding TSA exams reference the TSA and Capstones document located on the ICTE website. (Also see the CTECS Idaho Overview page.)
Testing is required for 100% of program concentrators (100% participation rate).
What is the benefit to students?
Students must take and pass the pathway TSA to be eligible for Technical Competency Credit.
What is Technical Competency Credit?
Technical Competency Credit is college credit that students can earn by completing a program of study in high school. These credits are awarded when the student enrolls in the technical college of his/her choice through a statewide articulation agreement.
When should students take the assessments?
Seniors who have taken at least two CTE classes in grades 9-12 should take the WRA by the end of February. Juniors and seniors in a capstone course should take the TSA exam by the end of April.
How do I schedule/pay for an assessment?
If you take the assessment during the time frame specified, the cost will be covered by ICTE. If the assessment is taken after the time frame, the school will be responsible for all costs. Please schedule these tests directly by calling us.
Can students take a pre-test?
Students can only take one pretest per TSA. The cost of the pretest is $6, paid by ICTE. Offered August 13 - September 28 only. Pretesting is voluntary.
Idaho allows one retake for the TSA only. Cost is $8 per test, paid by the locality (not the state), and requires at least a two-week waiting period after a failed TSA.
1. What is the cut score or standard for mastery for the Idaho CTECS Assessments?
See the Idaho Overview chart for standard of mastery (i.e., cut scores) for all live tests.
2. May teachers proctor their own students?
No, this could jeopardize test security. You agree to these terms when signing the Test Site Administrator Registration and Agreement form.
3. Must test proctors sign a Test Site Administrator Registration and Agreement form?
No, only the test site administrators sign agreement forms with the state. A test site administrator can view the reports/results from the tests. Teachers should identify their proctors.
4. May teachers take the exam?
No. This could jeopardize test security.
5. Is there a practice test (pre-test) for any exam?
Not for the Workplace Readiness Assessment. Yes for specified TSAs within certain dates. See the Idaho Overview chart for a complete listing of pre-tests.
6. Will the student receive a certificate for passing exams?
Yes. Test site administrators can print a CTECS Workplace Readiness certificate for all passing students directly from their E-SESS accounts. The certificate applies only to the official WRA and not to the Technical Skills Assessments (TSAs). SkillStack is offered in Idaho to deliver digital credentials behind the TSAs.
7. Do you offer refunds or credits for this assessment?
We do not charge for unused test tickets.
8. Do you offer paper/pencil tests?
No. All CTECS Assessment are online only.
9. Are there resources available to aid in studying for the WRA Assessment?
10. What testing accommodations are allowed for students with disabilities?
Refer to the Policies page.
Student Registration Questions
11. How much time is required between registering students and the actual testing dates?
If you are using the New, Instant Enrollment, student registration is immediate, but you might expect a few errors to correct after initial upload. Once they are fixed you should be good to go.
If you are using the old method of uploading through the CTECS site, please allow up to six (6) business days after the Student Registration form is uploaded to CTECS. Three days is a more standard duration, provided there are no problems with the student registration information.
12. What is the CTECS assessment policy? May a student take the assessment more than one time?
Important! A student may NOT take any test title
There are NO exceptions to this policy.
13. What if I need to make changes to the student information after the students are enrolled in E-SESS?
If you used the Instant Enrollment method, please see Correcting Errors section in the E-SESS Guide.
14. How long do I have to test students once they are enrolled in E-SESS?
Typically, tickets are available in E-SESS until the end of June.
15. If I have a student who cannot use the test ticket assigned to him/her, can I substitute another student on the unused test ticket?
No. Student testing numbers and our tracking data is personalized for each registered student. We cannot substitute/replace new student information for a ticket to which he/she was not originally assigned. New students must be properly registered and assigned their own test tickets.
16. How can I ensure that I receive e-mail messages regarding E-SESS login information and student enrollment?
When your students are enrolled or your administrator account is initially set up in E-SESS, an automatic email message is sent. Make sure that you can receive email from email@example.com (our online test provider). Add this address to the "safe sender/never block list" in your email program or ask the IT staff to make sure that messages from this sender are not blocked.
Administering the Test
17. Must students click the “Save Answer” button then the “Next” button when taking the assessment?
Answers are automatically saved every three to five clicked answers, so once the answer is selected, students can click the Next button to view the next question.
18. May students begin the test, stop, then finish the test later?
No, testing time cannot be chunked unless a school emergency interrupts the testing period. Refer to the Policies
19. May students use calculators when taking the exam?
Yes, they may use the calculator provided on the assessment screen.
20. How does the text-to-speech (audio) feature work (Audio is only offered with the CTECS Workplace Readiness Skills Assessment)?
The audio feature is only available for use by Limited English Proficiency Students (LEP) or Students With a Disability (SWD) and will not be available on the test unless the student was registered to receive Accommodations on the Student Registration form. Headphones should be provided. The student must click on the speaker icon to hear the audio. Using the audio feature requires additional bandwidth, so slower response times may occur during testing. CTECS recommends using hard-wired Internet connections. The selected media player may also need to be updated.