Frequently Asked Questions about Montana Science Assessment Summative Test
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Frequently Asked Questions about Montana Science Assessment Summative Test

How many test components make up the Montana Science Assessment?

There is one test for the Montana Science Assessment. There is not a separate performance task (PT) or additional test component.

Do I need a different secure browser for each online assessment (Smarter Balanced, MSA, AMSA)?

No. Smarter Balanced, MSA, and AMSA all use the same online testing system. The secure browser does not need to be downloaded multiple times to administer any of these assesments online.

Do I need a different TIDE account for MSA or AMSA?

No. TIDE is used for all Montana online testing programs (Smarter Balanced, MSA, AMSA). If you already have a TIDE account, it can be used to administer or work with any of these online tests.

When is the Montana Science Assessment Summative testing window?

The Montana Science Summative testing window is scheduled from March 6 , 2022 to May 26, 2023.

Which grades take the Montana Science Assessment Summative Test?

Grades 5 and 8.

Where do I find information on administering the Montana Science Assessments?

See the Montana Science Test Administration Manual under the resources tab for information on procedural information, training, test resources, test security, accommodations, and accessibility to prepare for and administer the Montana Science Assessments. For specific questions not addressed in this manual, please contact the MT Help Desk at 1-877-365-7915 or mthelpdesk@cambiumassessment.com.

Where do I find information regarding universal tools, designated supports, and/or accommodations?

The Montana OPI has a comprehensive document outlining tools, supports, and accommodations offered for Smarter Balanced and Montana Science Assessment online assessments:  Montana Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines. This document is located in the Accessibility and Accommodations resources section on the Montana portal.

How long will the Montana Science assessments take?

The Montana Science Assessment is untimed. The estimated testing time is 90-120 minutes, plus an additional 10 minutes for reading the directions to the students. The OPI recommends planning two 45-minutes sessions for completion of the Montana Science Assessment, with the understanding that some students may require additional time for completion.

What is the pause rule for the Montana Science Summative Test?

There will be a 20-minute pause rule set for the Montana Science Assessment. If a student pauses the test for more than 20 minutes, they will not be able to return to the questions that they previously answered. If a student pauses on a page that contains multiple questions, they will be able to return to the same page and respond to the remaining questions even after the 20-minute pause.

Do the Practice and Training Tests give scores for the students’ responses?

No, the Practice and Training Tests do not provide scores.

Can students take the Practice and Training Tests multiple times?

Yes, use of the Practice and Training Tests is unlimited.