The Test Correction and Feedback option

The material in each year of a ULAT course of study is evaluated by means of 40 tests, roughly one test per week. Students are encouraged to make use of the "DAILY PLANS" section of the website to orient themselves to the activities that they should do each day. It also contains additional video instruction not found in the lessons themselves, thus making the "DAILY PLANS" section a valuable resource.

At the beginning of the course, the students receive a spreadsheet detailing the identity of the tests that they are to take during their course and the deadline by which a test is to be submitted.. (The ULAT will contain a few tests that the online student is not obliged to take, as they are for the benefit of students using the ULAT in a classroom situation.) As students progress through their daily activities, when they come to a test that they are expected to take, these are the steps they are to perform:

1. Each test exists in three or four forms. By clicking on the percent sign in the upper right of the first form of the test the student can access the test's grading key.

2. The grading key indicates how the test will be evaluated.

3. Immediately before beginning the test, the remote supervisor (parent if at home or supervising teacher or staff person if in a school setting) should randomly select one of the forms of the test for the student to take.

4. The student opens the computer's sound recorder.

5. The student starts the recording device (after verifying that there is a functioning microphone).

6. To see how time is progressing during the test, the student may click on the "Start" button at the right of the menu bar at the top of the screen, and begin taking the test while speaking into the microphone.

7. When the student has finished taking the test, he or she stops the recording device and saves the sound file.

8. The student selects a logical location to which to save the sound file and then uses the lesson number (use "underscore" and not a "period" between the unit and lesson numbers) and the form of the test (A,B,C or D) as the file's name.

9. SCHOOLS: The student then attaches their sound file to an e-mail and sends them both to the ULAT evaluator who was designated for the student at the beginning of the course. To facilitate evaluation, in the subject line of the e-mail, the student places the lesson number (1.4, 1.8, etc.) followed immediately by the form of the test that was taken (A,B,C,D), the language being studied and then, in parenthesis, his or her ULAT student number. Thus, if student "0123" took the third form of lesson 1.4 test for French, the subject line should read "1.4C FRENCH (0123)".

HOMESCHOOLED STUDENTS: Individual homeschooled students also attach their sound file to an e-mail and sends them to the ULAT evaluator who was designated for the student at the beginning of the course. They too should indicate the lesson number (1.4, 1.8, etc.) in the subject line of their e-mail, followed immediately by the form of the test that was taken (A,B,C,D), as well as the language being studied, but no student number is necessary. Thus, if such a homeschool student took the third form of lesson 1.4 test for French, the subject line should read "1.4C FRENCH".

10. SCHOOLS: Once all of the tests from a particular school have been submitted, each student receives a return e-mail from the evaluator containing two attachments: a sound file of the test containing the evaluator's oral feedback regarding the student's performance and a spreadsheet containing the student's cumulative results for the course. A record of the cumulative results of all students from a particular school or district also goes to the school or district contact person.

HOMESCHOOLED STUDENTS: For individual homeschooled students, they also receive a return e-mail with an attached sound file providing feedback and a spreadsheet with their updated results.


11. Click HERE to hear to listen to a sample recording of the feedback sent back to a French student.