Accommodations and Text-to-Speech

For students who need it, there are several accessibility and accommodations features available during testing.

How Accommodations Are Assigned

When setting up test sessions, your Assessment Coordinators make accommodations assignments, including Text-to-Speech. As a Proctor, you can view the assignments when you start the test session. Ask your Assessment Coordinator if you need changes made.

To view assigned accommodations:

  1. From NSCAS > Manage NSCAS Testing, click a session name to open Test Session Details.
  2. Look under the ACCOMM column and click VIEW for complete details, or click the down arrow for a summary.

Note: Accommodations cannot be changed while the student is testing. If needed, first pause the individual student's test, wait for the Assessment Coordinator to make the change, and then resume the student's test.

Using Accessibility Features

All students can take advantage of the following universal accessibility features. Some tools appear only when they are relevant to the subject and test question: 

Zoom icon   Highlighter and Eraser icons   Line Reader icon   Notepad icon   Answer Eliminator icon
Useful for enlarging the question display
  Highlighter and Eraser
Useful for marking key parts of a question

Line Reader
Useful for focusing attention on one line at a time, such as with reading passages


Useful for making notes about the question

  Answer Eliminator
Useful for marking wrong answers so they appear dimmer


Calculator icon   Mathematics reference icon   Ruler icon Proctractor icon

Either standard or scientific. Appears for applicable questions, based on grade level. For details about using the scientific calculator, see:


Mathematics Reference Sheet

Appears for Mathematics assessments for each relevant grade and provides students with useful formulas and mathematical definitions

  Ruler and Protractor
Appears for applicable questions and enables students to measure lengths and angles, and to move and rotate the tools


Keyboard Navigation

For students unable to use a mouse, it is possible to use keyboard controls. See Keyboard Navigation for Testing.

Using Text-to-Speech

Text-to-Speech tool icons for Play All, Play Selection, Pause, and Volume

If Text-to-Speech tools are enabled in the testing session Accommodations settings, students can use them to hear questions read aloud.

Students use either the first tool (ear) to begin at the top of the page or the second tool (finger) to select the starting point. Pause and Volume operate like most audio controls.

Note: When students use Text-to-Speech tools, the Highlighter and Eraser are disabled, and vice versa.
If there is no sound, try the following steps:
  • Check the volume controls.
  • Consult your network technician to ensure the Text-to-Speech firewall settings were completed on all network devices.