Frequently Asked Questions about Online Testing Systems
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Frequently Asked Questions about Online Testing Systems

What is TDS?

TDS stands for “Test Delivery System”. It is the online testing system that will be used for the practice tests, training tests, and the optional ELA, Math, and science interim assessments. It is also the testing system for the summative Smarter Balanced assessments, Montana Science Assessment (MSA), and the Alternate Montana Science Assessment (AMSA).

What is TIDE?

TIDE stands for "Test Information Distribution Engine." It provides users with the tools to add and manage users and students participating in the English Language Arts (ELA)and Mathematics Smarter Balanced assessments, the Montana Science Assessment (MSA), and the Alternate Montana Science Assessment (AMSA).

Will the Help Desk be available in “real time” to answer questions during the administration?

Yes, the Montana Help Desk is available Monday – Friday 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Mountain Time.

Are SSIDs pre-loaded in the Secure Browser?

No, SSIDs need to be entered on the machine the student will be using at the time of testing.

What do students need to log into the Student Test Interface?

The Student will need the Secure Browser installed on their testing machine. Once the Secure Browser has been installed, the student will need their first name, SSID, and the test session ID (generated by the TA).

Will there be an error message if the entered information is wrong on the Student Test Interface?

Yes, there will be an error pop-up message in the student log in page of the Student Test Interface (Secure Browser).