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Frequently Asked Questions about General Information

Do students need to download the Secure Browser to take the Practice or Training tests?

No. Students can use the secure browser; however, students can also use recent versions of the Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome or Safari browsers to take the practice or training tests, or they can use the native browsers built into iPads and Android tablets. Please be aware that the text-to-speech functionality is available only when using the secure browser.

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, optional interim assessments and the summative assessments.

What are the help desk hours?

Outside the testing window, Help Desk hours are M-F 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m EST

During the testing window, Help Desk hours are M-F 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. EST

What is the Portal for?

The portal acts as the gateway to all your assessment systems and provides resources to help students, families, and educators prepare for the administration of the Smarter Balanced Assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy, the Vermont Science Assessment (VTSA), the Vermont Alternate Assessment (VTAA), and the Vermont Physical Education Assessment.