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Friday, May 26, 2006

Premier Test Builder

Premier Test Builder takes the frustration out of creating tests in Microsoft Word. Test Builder has everything done for you. All you add is your questions. Test Builder combines the power and flexibility of Microsoft Word with pre-built templates of question styles. All you do is select the question style you want by clicking on a button from the Test Builder tool bar and just add your text, audio or pictures. This tool is a must for busy educators. The best part about Premier Test Builder is that when you save the finished test, it is also fully accessible to a wide variety of assistive technologies. Now educators do not need to take a class in accessible design to build an accessible test. Your resulting test can be printed and handed out like a regular test, PLUS they can be provided to the resource teachers in electronic format for use with screen readers and other adaptive technologies.

The exciting part for educators is that you make one test that can be used with ALL students, regardless of their needs. Premier Test Builder will enable you to make a single test that is accessible to all students, including students with learning disabilities, blind users, low vision users, even general education students.

Features of Premier Test Builder

  • Build a single test for all students.
  • 10 different question styles. Just add your own text, pictures and audio.
  • Uses Microsoft Word - you don't have to learn another program. By using Microsoft word, you get all the power of MS Office, but you can also capitalize on a technology that many educators are already familiar with -Reduce the learning curve.
  • Finished test are locked automatically to prevent change.
  • It takes less time to create a test with test builder than without - Being a time saver encourages educators to use it - many other test building programs are complicated and very time consuming.
  • Test created with Test Builder Are Compatible with Windows or Mac.
  • Save lots of time and still make good looking accessible test, without being an expert in Universal Design or learning. Single file distribution - it is easy to distribute test created with Test Builder because everything is saved in a single file. Unlike some html test builders that create a lot of supporting files, Test Builder creates one file.
  • Test Builder test can be viewed on any computer without downloading or installing any software or plug-ins - If you have access to internet explorer you can view the test.
  • Premier Test Builder is designed to be compatible with our Universal Reader and Talking Pointer. Students who have visual decoding challenges can use the Talking Pointer - just point at the question or answer and it reads just that item to them. No highlighting or copying necessary.. just point and listen. Virtual no training is required for students needing the test to be read to them..

For more information about Premier Test Builder, contact: Premier Literacy
1309 N. Williams St.
Joliet, IL 60435
Phone: 815-927-7390
Fax: 815-722-8805

1 comment:

amy said...

It sounds like TestBuilder is a great tool for creating tests. Does the program allow you to create different formats such as drop down boxes for multiple choice or does all the tests have to be in short answer form?
Are you familiar with another product from Reading Made Easy called Key to Access? Is so, does that tool work on networks?

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