Item Type Tutorials

Item type tutorials show users how to navigate the items and tools available while taking the online Smarter Balanced Montana Comprehensive Assessment. While testing, item type tutorials are accessible to students throughout the assessment. Students can review the tutorials here to become familiar with the different item types that may appear on an assessment.

Descriptions of the item types are provided below. Click an item type to view its tutorial.

This item type gives the student the ability to add values in a table by typing in answers.

This item type lists a selection of possible answers. The student must select only one to indicate an answer choice.

This item type gives the student the ability to highlight or move text. Words or groups of words can be selected, dragged, and rearranged. The student may also have the ability to highlight specific words or phrases.

This item type allows the student to click within a table to classify concepts, statements, values, etc., according to the categories available.

This item type is interactive and allows the student to use a number of mechanisms to demonstrate an answer. Mechanisms include dragging and dropping objects to different sections of the answer space, highlighting or selecting different sections of a given graphic in the answer space, plotting points and creating lines and shapes with action buttons provided at the top of the answer space, or a combination of these mechanisms.

This item type displays a basic numeric keypad or a full array of mathematical operators, symbols, and functions that must be used to demonstrate an answer. To complete the item, the student must navigate the tool keypad.

This item type lists a selection of possible answers. The student may select multiple answer choices.

This item type has a multi-part question related to the accompanying passage shown on the left. All parts must be answered before proceeding to the next question.

Constructed Response

This item type includes a numeric or alphanumeric keypad that must be used to demonstrate an answer. To complete the item, the student must click the keypad to input a response.

This item type provides a box for the student to freely type a written response. An editing tool bar may be provided with options to format an essay.

This item type provides a box for the student to freely type an answer.

Editing Tasks

This item type has text highlighted that may need to be corrected. To complete the item, the student will be able to click the highlighted section and select a correction from a drop-down list of suggested options.

This item type has text highlighted within the passage. To complete the item, the student will be able to click the highlighted section and type a correction into the box provided.