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Technical support staff installing the new KS3 test

Please note:
This page was prepared for the 2006 KS3 ICT tests. Much of this information is still relevant, but it will be updated for the 2007 tests in early 2007.

Follow the QCA links below for the latest posters and information.



KS3 ICT Test Introduction


In 2008 all students in England will have the opportunity to prove their ICT skills with a new on-screen automatic test. Some students are lucky enough to be able to take part in the pilot tests already!

This page provides you with some helpful revision - it is based on materials that I've adapted from the official QCA KS3 ICT testing website and other materials such as the collection of KS3 ICT testing resources on the Luton ICT website.


Sections on this page:

How does the test work and what does it look like?

What are these special programs that I can use in the test?

Interactive games and quizzes to help you revise



The automated test includes custom versions of ICT software that you have been using - you need to know which program is which! Try out the exercise below to help you:


How does the test work and what does it look like?

help!The test is an automated on-screen test - you receive e-mails with your instructions and then you have to use the programs to complete the tasks.


Introductory presentation [3.3MB file]

PowerPoint presenation
Learn about the test 'environment' including the programs you have access to and what tasks you might be asked to complete. This presentation can be used for whole classes or for individual students.





Introductory presentation [Warning: 7MB file]

PowerPoint presentation
The original version of the above presentation, created by Luton LEA to support the online test. View the Powerpoint to find out more about the test and how you can use the different programs.





Test quick quiz - how much have you understood?

Internet link
Interactive quiz - how much of this have you really taken in? Have you bothered to listen? Do you really understand? Take quick online quiz to try and score 100%. To be developed further....





Revision booklet

Internet link
In reality, you can't really revise for the on screen tests - they are about all about ICT skills. However, this booklet from Luton LEA provides you with some great ideas to help you prepare.





What are these special programs that I can use in the test?

huh?The on screen test has custom versions of all the programs you have been using in your KS3 ICT lessons. It is very important you understand how each program works. They are similar to programs you will have used before, but everything may look a bit strange!


The "test enviroment"

Flashpaper document
This Flashpaper document allows you to see what the test will actually look like. Use the zoom and scroll tools to explore the page in detail - try to work out what each button will do. Lots of information here!





The E-mail program

Flashpaper document
How do you e-mail your friends? Perhaps with an online service such as G-mail or maybe via a program like Outlook or Outlook express. The ICT test has its own special e-mail program - explore away!





The File Manager

Flashpaper document
At school you will have your own home area to store your files. If you have a computer at home, you'll know how you can load and save files - in the test there is a special File Manager program.





The Test Wordprocessor

Flashpaper document
You will have used Microsoft Word or a similar program such as OpenOffice Writer. To prove your skills you have to use the special wordprocessing program in the test - find out more about it!





The Test Spreadsheet

Flashpaper document
Just as with the wordprocessor, there is a special spreadsheet in the test. It is similar to Microsoft Excel, but there are a few alternative features - explore this Flashpaper document to find out more.





The Test Database

Flashpaper document
You have used Microsoft Access or an alternative database before - in the test you - yes, you've guessed it - have a custom program to use. Explore this document to find out about the test database.





The Test Web Browser

Flashpaper document
When you look at internet pages, you use a web browser such as Firefox or Internet Explorer. The test has its very own web browser and search engine. Explore this document to see how it works.





The Test Presentation program

Flashpaper document
Finally, there is a PowerPoint equivalent - you don't need to be told what this program can be used for, but pay attention to all the different features and techniques for using it.







OK - I've completed the exercises and had a good look through everything.
What can I do now?


Cool!You can now access the ReviseICT.co.uk games and quizzes database to help you revise key points about each program that will be used in the test. Type in what you want to find e.g. 'spreadsheet' or 'database'. Why not try 'control' as this is meant to appear in this year's test.



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