Welcome. This tutorial will help you understand the way OWL is organized.  We are looking at OWL Tester right now. This the view that your test taker would experience.

So that’s the first definition. A Test is the top level. It is the name given for any activity you want to deliver using OWL.

At test is required. Even if you want to use the software to ask one or two questions, they must be placed on a test  to be delivered online through OWL.

All OWL tests are composed of certain main elements. Which are organized here on the tabs at the top of the Tester.


Let’s take a look at each of these elements . The first page that may be displayed is a System Check. It’s purpose is to confirm that the examinee’s speakers and microphone are in proper working order. You don’t need to worry about creating this, OWL does this for you automatically based on the content of the Test you built.


Next is the Directions tab. If you decide to include some directions or a welcome page for your test takers, it will appear here.  

The next element we have is the Section. By default every OWL test must have at least one section. Questions are not put straight onto the test. They are contained in a section. Think of an OWL section as a container for grouping like items. OWL allows you to set properties such as timers or randomization for each of your sections independently.

Each one of these tabs at the bottom of the Section represents an OWL Item. Every section must contain at least one Item. This is a section header. Text, Images, Audio files that you place here are displayed at the top of every item in the Section.

Let me show you a couple ways to organize your sections.  Here is an example where information is placed in the front of the section using a direction item.

In this section, a passage of text placed in the header to test reading comprehension. You can display your items all on one page if that is preferable.


Finally Each Test Must have a Finish Test tab. This lets the student know the testing is complete and allows them to submit their tests. The feedback can be dynamic meaning what they see here is based on their performance. Or static - every test taker sees the same thing.  OWL will do some of  this for you based on the Test Settings. You can use the  OWL default messages or customize this tab.



Now that you have been introduced to the OWL structure, I will show you where you edit these components in the test builder. The OWL test builder is what you will use to create your online content. So now on the left side of the screen is the OWL test and on the right I have opened the OWL test builder.  

First of all this entire area below the main controls represents the entire test.  The first element you can edit is the Directions Tab. The controls for this are located here in what we call the Test header. If I click on this hyperlink, you will see the text that I created for my directions.

Next we have the Sections. Each section is included in its own tan area of the test builder.

Look at the hyperlink here at the top of the Section. It is the text I placed in my section’s header. And the highlighted media controls indicate that I have an audio file attached.

Within the Section, each of the items is shown in the blue area. Finally the Finish Test Tab. To customize this message use the Overall Test Settings Control located here. For this sample test I have created a customized static Feedback message which I enter in this box.

Thank you for your time and for Choosing OWL Testing Software.