TA Certification Course
Anyone who will be administering an online assessment to students must first pass the online TA Certification Course. To access this course, Test Administrators will need their TIDE username and password. Test Administrators will not be able to log into the Test Administrator (TA) Live Site without passing this course. Even if you were certified for the 2019-2020 administration, you must retake the online TA Certification Course because it has been updated for the 2020-2021 school year.
Training and Practice Tests
The Training and Practice Tests site can be used to access training tests and practice tests online to become familiar with the optional interim assessments and required summative assessments for English language arts, mathematics, and science.
The short Training Tests are designed to provide students and teachers with opportunities to familiarize themselves with the software, user interfaces, and navigational tools that they will use on the respective online tests. The questions on the Training Tests were selected to provide students with an opportunity to practice a range of question types and may be the same for multiple grades.
The Practice Tests mirror the content of the various tests. The Practice Tests allows teachers, students, parents, and other interested parties to experience a full assessment or exam and gain insight into how the test will assess students’ mastery of the appropriate content standards.
The Test Administrator may create a training test session in the TA Training Site and have each student log in using his or her login information and the session ID that is generated in the TA Training Site.
Scores are not provided for the Training and Practice Tests. When students complete a Practice Test and click [End Test] and select “Yes” to continue to the next page, they should click “Review My Answers” to check their answer for each question while also reviewing the Scoring Guide or Answer. Once the student clicks "Submit Test," all of their answers will be erased. Practice Test answers cannot be printed. Answer keys for the Training and Practice Tests can be accessed on the Student Training and Practice Tests login page. Students and others can print out the answer keys and refer to them as they proceed through the training tests.
Training Modules and General Resources
Training modules for individual testing systems are posted in the “Training and Events” resources section on the Montana Portal.
A number of manuals, user guides, and a list of Important Dates are also available to assist with the use of the online assessment system. Go to the Resources page to view all of the available information. Additionally, the MT Help Desk is available from Monday to Friday from 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. MT at 1-877-365-7915 or firstname.lastname@example.org.