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Prescriptive Testing (Definition)

Prescriptive testing works by generating an assessment that the student takes at the very beginning of the course. As such, it can only be enabled before the student has started the course. This assessment is generated automatically, selecting one question from each lesson in the course. If the student answers a question correctly, the corresponding lesson is automatically customized out of the course. This test does not count towards a grade or progress, so if a student earns 100% on it, there will be no graded activities for him/her to complete. Also, if a student has already started a course, prescriptive testing is no longer an option.

Please keep in mind that prescriptive testing only includes one question per lesson, which is not a valid or reliable measure of whether a student has mastered the lesson content. For this reason, Edgenuity does not recommend using the prescriptive testing setting. We strongly encourage schools to use pretesting (which uses 10 questions per lesson) instead.

If prescriptive testing is turned on, but there aren't any lessons with quizzes, then this feature will be bypassed. In the case of a course where quizzes are included but there are some lessons without quizzes, then students will take a prescriptive test for those lessons with quizzes. The lessons without quizzes will be automatically assigned to the student.  


When prescriptive testing and teacher review for exams are enabled, teachers will be required to unlock the prescriptive test in order for the students to take the exam. 

Prescriptive Testing does not work on World Language courses. 


To find out how to edit prescriptive testing, use one of the following links: 

Edit the Course Options for a Student Edit the Course Options for a Single Course Edit the Course Options for Multiple Courses
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