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2017 MCA/OLPA Testing
All students must watch the Student Direction Video on the first day of testing. Student Tutorials (links below) can be completed any time prior to testing


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MCA Testing
All students must watch the student tutorials prior to taking their MCA test. These online tutorials provide students with information on how to use online tools, navigate through the online test and answer different item types. Click the links below to access the tutorials.

All Grades Reading Tutorial
Grades 3-5 Math Tutorial
Grades 6-7 Math Tutorial
Grades 8 and 11 Math Tutorial
All Grades Science Tutorial



Prior to student test sessions, familiarize yourself with the proctor script below and follow the script as written in each testing session. Students must view Student Direction video below prior to testing. This required direction video is different from the tutorial videos above.

Test Monitor (Proctor)Directions


Student Directions


As a reminder, all test proctors must follow the MDE requirements listed below, as well as all security guidelines presented in the security training and listed in the Administration Manual:

  • Be trained in test security and test administration policies and procedures through annual district training and complete any test-specific required trainings.
  • Adhere to cell phone policy which states students and staff may not use cell phones in the testing room.
  • Report any instances of test security violations to the School and District Assessment Coordinators.
  • Actively monitor students during all test sessions.
  • Allow only people involved in taking or administering the test in the room.
  • TURN OFF OR COVER THE MONITOR OF ANY STUDENT LEAVING THE TESTING AREA TO ENSURE THAT TESTING CONTENT IS NOT VISIBLE WHILE THE STUDENT IS OUT OF THE ROOM.
  • Communicate with your School or District Assessment Coordinator if you have any questions about testing.



All staff involved with OLPA and MCA testing must complete the online training modules to comply with MDE policies. All training is now tracked electronically by user through the Pearson Training Management System (TMS). Please click the link below to begin your training. Choose the Test Monitor tab if you will be proctoring a test and/or creating and managing test sessions.


Pearson Training Management System

Be sure to choose the CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE TRAINING link in the upper left corner after you have completed your training video. By completing this step, the system will mark that module as complete in your account. Only modules are marked as complete, items marked as training will not be marked as complete.
All staff who administer any state tests must have a signed Assurance of Test Security and Non-Disclosure Agreement (ATSNDA) on file with the district. The Minnesota Department of Education requires a new ATSNDA annually, and all signed copies must be retained in the district for 2 years. This document can be signed electronically through the Test Management System above, or on the paper version in the link below. Please turn your signed copy in to your School Test Coordinator.





OLPA Testing

If you will be proctoring a test, refer to the following file to review proctor guidelines:
Proctor Script


Student Presentation for Viewing Prior to Test

Student Tutorials for OLPA Testing:
Grades 3-5 Math
Grades 3-8, 10 Reading