The Test Correction and Feedback option
Students can take up to two years to complete all 30 tests corresponding to one year's course of study. After each test, students registering for the test correction and feedback option* will receive their score on the test in question, the record of their cumulative course grade and feedback from the instructor regarding the types of mistakes to be addressed.
The student's performance in a ULAT course of study is evaluated by means of 30 tests taken over the course of a year. The student's teacher will propose a year's schedule for the course.
Two methods exist for performing the 30 tests. The students and their parents select the method that is most convenient for them.
Testing method no. 1:
The first method is very simple. The teacher and the student agree upon a regular day and time on which to meet via Skype. The meeting will likely last no more than ten minutes. The day of the week selected by the student will be used to generate the course schedule. On the day of a scheduled Skype meeting, the instructor will randomly select one of the four forms of the timed test. The student will share his or her screen with the instructor and take the test aloud while the instructor listens and takes notes. (If it is a written test, the teacher will simply read the student's responses.) Upon completion of the test, the instructor will provide immediate feedback and then, shortly after the Skype session has finished, e-mail the student with a summary of the feedback and the student's grade for the test.
Testing method no. 2:
The second method is more complex. If meeting at a regular time via Skype is inconvenient for the student, the student may make a recording of himself or herself taking the test and then attach the recording to an e-mail which the student then sends to the teacher. Below are the details as to how this second method takes place:
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) randomly selects one of the forms of the test for the student to take.
VERY IMPORTANT! To ensure the integrity of the testing situation, it is imperative that the parent or supervisor remain present during the test to ensure that the student not have access to any written notes while taking the test and that the student not stop the recording once the test has begun. The student should only take and submit one test at a time, and wait until he or she has received feedback on it, in order to benefit from the feedback received in a way that will improve future results.
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. When ready to begin the test, the student clicks on the "Start" button located just above the test, and begins taking the test while speaking into the microphone. At the top of the screen, the student will see the time remaining in which to complete the test. (Note the red circle.)
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 attach their sound file to an e-mail and send them to the ULAT instructor 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. 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 OR CO-OPS: 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 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.