The Student Portal is the User Interface used by students to take online assessments and surveys. There are a variety of tools that may be available for an assessment. Available tools are determined by the Test Administrator and/or the Test Creator.
Additionally, some tools may be enabled as part of the item definition. The Test Administrator and/or the Test Creator may permit an override of these settings or enable the item specific tools. Applying and enabling an Accommodation Template and/or specific settings will also override the default Online Tool settings.
Calculators: The three levels of calculators are Advanced, Basic or Scientific. Which one(s) are available to you depends on the grade level and content of the assessment items and the policy of the Test Creator or Test Administrator. Only one may be opened at a time. Tutorials on using each of the calculators can be viewed at http://learn.desmos.com/.
The Advanced calculator includes the ability to perform graphing. Use the “functions” button to access trigonometric and other functions.
The Basic calculator is called a “four-function” calculator, but does have a square root key and the ability to group expressions with parentheses. There are also undo and redo buttons (the left and right curved arrows, respectively).
The Scientific calculator can evaluate more complicated expressions and includes trigonometric functions.