Taking the Assessment

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions regarding taking an assessment.

 

What software do I need to take an assessment?

Software compatibility is primarily determined by the browser you are using. This site supports Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher, Firefox 3.6 or higher, and Safari 3.1.2 or higher. You may use a Windows-based, including VISTA, computer. Your computer’s security level must be set to accept cookies and pop-up blockers must be disabled.

 

What hardware do I need to take an assessment?

In addition to having a computer that supports one of the required browsers, you will need to have a color monitor capable of displaying 1024 x 768 with 32-bit color. For best results, use a 17” or larger monitor.

 

Will the assessment work over a dial-up connection?

You can take the assessment using a dial-up modem, but the performance will be slow. Large graphics could take up to 30 seconds per question to load. For an optimal experience, assessments should be taken using a broadband connection, such as DSL or a cable modem.

 

I have an Apple Mac. Can I use it to take an assessment?

Yes, the software will run on Macintosh computers.

 

Is there a limit to the number of times I can take the sample assessment?

No. You can take the Sample Assessment as many times as you like. The tutorial on the Sample Assessment is the same as the tutorial on the actual assessment, but there is only one section and only a few questions on the Sample Assessment.

 

Will my answers be lost if my computer crashes?

No. All answers are saved each time you go to the next question. When you resume testing, the assessment will start on the question that was displayed when you crashed. For the Sample Assessment, it will restart at the beginning because your answers are not recorded.

 

How many times can I take an assessment?

There is no limit to the number of times any form of a self-assessment may be taken, although once completed, another purchase order must be submitted to take the same assessment.