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Computer-Administered Testing Tutorials

These tutorials can give you a sense of what you will see when you begin your exam at your computer-administered testing (CAT) test appointment.

Web-Based CAT Tutorial

Preview the on-screen tutorial you'll see before you begin your exam. Includes information about how to navigate through an exam, select your answers, and end the exam.

Downloadable Interactive CAT Tutorial

This tutorial demonstrates how to navigate through the exam, how to indicate answers, and how to use the features of a computer-administered exam. You will have opportunities to try out typing in an essay box, using the on-screen calculator, and entering special characters.

Note: This tutorial must be downloaded to a PC-compatible computer.

Downloading the Interactive CAT Tutorial

  1. Click the following link and select "Save" in the pop-up dialog box:
  2. Choose a location to save the file. This is the installation file that will enable you to download and save the tutorial.

    The download process takes approximately 2 minutes, depending on the connection speed.
  3. When the download is complete, navigate to the location where you've chosen to save the file, and double-click on the zip file to open it.
  4. Inside the zip file, you will see "Evaluation Systems Tutorial.msi". Double-click to open, and select "Run" in the pop-up dialog box to run the installer.
  5. You will now see a "wizard" that will walk you through the process of installing the tutorial.
  6. When the wizard is complete, you will see the following icon on your desktop, which you can double-click to access the tutorial: 
    tutorial desktop icon

Highlighting and Strikethrough Features

In addition to the features described in the downloadable tutorial, the CAT exams will also offer candidates the ability to use highlighting and strikethrough tools.

tutorial highlight icon

Highlighting tool. To use this tool, select the Highlight icon at the top left-hand corner of the screen. You may then highlight sections of stimulus material, of the questions themselves, or of the answer choices. You can also use the tool to clear any previously applied highlighting.

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Strikethrough tool. To use this tool, select the Strikethrough icon at the top left-hand corner of the screen. You may then strikethrough (i.e., cross out) sections of stimulus material, of the questions themselves, or of the answer choices. You can also use the tool to clear any previously applied strikethroughs.

On-Screen Calculator Preview

An on-screen scientific or four-function calculator is available for some exams.

You can preview how to use the on-screen calculators PDF document.

Some exams require you to bring your own graphing calculator. For information on which exams use the on-screen scientific calculator, use the on-screen four-function calculator, or require you to bring your own graphing calculator, be sure to read closely all information provided about your exam on this website.