StarEarlyLiteracySpanish

Taking the Star Early Literacy Spanish Test

  • Students must be added to the Renaissance Place database and enrolled in a Star Early Literacy Spanish class. See the Renaissance Place help for details on performing these tasks.
  • Students can only test within the current school year or subscription year.
  • We recommend enabling "full screen" mode on your browser to ensure no scrolling is required. Browsers with customizations (bookmark tabs, extensions, etc.) and low-resolution screen settings result in a smaller available space which could result in needing to scroll to see the Next button during testing.
  • You should use the Star Early Literacy Spanish Pretest Instructions to explain the test to the students before they begin testing.
  • If you are administering the test with a tablet, make sure the battery is adequately charged before you begin.
  • Make sure the students have their user names and passwords. They will need this information to log in. For a list of student user names and passwords, search for the students you need user names and passwords for (select Users on the Home page, then select View Students); select the Passwords tab once the correct students have been found.

Students follow these steps to log in and take a test:

  1. Start the web browser and go to the address provided by your district or school. The Renaissance Place Welcome page opens.
  2. The student should select I'm a Student.
  3. The student enters his or her user name and password and then selects Log In.

    If the student does not know his or her user name or password, search for the students you need user names and passwords for (select Users on the Home page, then select View Students); select the Passwords tab once the correct students have been found.

    • If students know their passwords but not their user names, you can search for the user name by selecting Forgot Your User Name? The software will ask the student to choose the school and search for his or her name; then the program will fill in the user name. You cannot search for student passwords this way.

    The ability to find user names is an option in Renaissance Place that can be turned on or off (see the Renaissance Place help for more information).

  4. On the Home page the student selects Star Early Literacy Spanish (or Take an Early Literacy Test under Star 360 en EspaƱol).

  5. If the student is in more than one Star Early Literacy Spanish class, the student should select the correct class , then Siguiente (Next) .

  6. If Star Early Literacy Spanish asks for a monitor password (determined by the Password Requirement Preference), the teacher or test monitor enters it and selects Inicio (Start) .



    If no password is required, go ahead to the next step.

    • You cannot substitute your Renaissance Place password for the monitor password.
    • If you forget to enter a password before selecting Inicio, or you enter the wrong password, you can try again.



      However, if you enter the wrong password three times in a row, you will not be able to start the student's test.



      Check the Monitor Password preference to make sure you are using the correct monitor password.
  7. If this is the first time the student has taken a Star Early Literacy Spanish test, the student will see a demonstration video that shows the student how to choose an answer and how to use the Listen option to hear a question repeated.
  8. The hands-on exercise follows, which teaches students to properly choose and enter an answer using the mouse, keyboard, or by tapping (if using a tablet).

    Students must pass the hands-on exercise by correctly answering three questions in a row. The hands-on exercise contains up to 10 questions.

    If the student is unfamiliar with the use of the mouse, keyboard, or tablet, you may help the student during the hands-on exercise until the student becomes comfortable using them.

    Students listen to the instructions, then select the correct object on the screen. Two of the answer choices are blank, which allows the student to focus on how to select an answer (instead of having to figure out the correct answer).

    To select an answer:

    • Mouse: To choose an answer, select an image. Using the mouse permits very young students to be evaluated because they do not have to recognize numbers or letters on the keyboard to answer questions.
    • Keyboard: Press the number (1, 2, or 3) that corresponds to the desired answer.
    • Tablet: Tap the desired answer.
    A box appears around the selected answer. This does not mean that the selected answer is correct. If students are using the keyboard, and the box does not appear around the answer choice, ask the students to use the mouse to select anywhere on the test screen, then use the keyboard to select an answer.



    The student's selection moves up onto the blank line .

    The hands-on exercise questions have a 35-second time limit. If the student doesn't choose an answer within 10 seconds of the first instructions, the program repeats the instructions.

    To hear the question again, students select the Escuchar (Listen) button or press the E key on the keyboard.

    To enter the selected answer, the student should select the Enter or return key (keyboard) or select Siguiente (Next) on the screen (mouse or tablet).

    If the student has not chosen an answer 25 seconds after the question first appeared, the program asks the student to choose an answer and a clock icon flashes on the screen . If time runs out before the student chooses an answer, the program tells the student to ask the teacher for help. The teacher must select the map in the alert to resume the hands-on exercise.



    When the student has passed the hands-on exercises, the practice test starts; go ahead to the next step.

  9. The practice questions ensure that the student is capable of completing the test questions.

    The practice questions have three choices, just like the test questions. Students listen to the questions and select answers just as they did for the hands-on exercise.

    Each practice test question has a 60-second time limit. If the student does not choose an answer within 10 seconds after hearing the question, the program repeats the question.

    If the student still has not chosen an answer 45 seconds after the question first appeared, the program asks the student to choose an answer and a clock icon flashes on the screen.

    If time runs out before the student chooses an answer, the program tells the student to ask the teacher for help.

    If the student answers five practice questions without getting three correct, Star Early Literacy Spanish ends the practice and a message tells the student to ask for help.

    Answers are considered correct if the student chooses and enters the correct answer.

    Answers are considered incorrect if the student:

    • Chooses, but does not enter, the correct answer
    • Chooses and enters the wrong answer
    • Chooses the wrong answer, but does not enter it before time runs out
    • Does not choose an answer and time runs out
    After the student answers three practice questions correctly, a message tells the student that the actual test is about to start.

  10. The student answers the actual test questions, which are similar to the practice questions. All of the test questions have three answer choices.

    Do not help the student use the mouse, keyboard or tablet; do not help the student select the correct answer to any of the test questions.

    Answers are considered correct if the student:

    • Chooses and enters the correct answer
    • Chooses, but does not enter, the correct answer
    Answers are considered incorrect if the student:

    • Chooses and enters the wrong answer
    • Chooses the wrong answer, but does not enter it before time runs out
    • Does not choose an answer and time runs out
    The student will answer 27 or more test questions. Each question has a 90-second time limit.

    If the student does not choose an answer within 10 seconds after hearing the question, the program repeats the question. If the student still has not chosen an answer 75 seconds after the question first appeared, the program asks the student to choose an answer and a clock icon flashes on the screen.

    If time runs out before the student chooses an answer, the program goes on to the next question and the unanswered question is treated as an incorrect answer.

    After an answer has been entered, students cannot change their answer or go back to a previous question. The next question is presented automatically.
  11. When the test is over, Star Early Literacy Spanish notifies the student. Then, the student is automatically logged out so the next student can log in.