Using the Scoring Table

The Instructors Toolkit Scoring Table gives you the ability to

Work with test results

Manage Norm Files

Access Configuration

We recommend a screen resolution of 1024x768 or higher for the Scoring Table.  Resolutions below 1024x768 are not recommended.

The Toolbar

At the top of the Scoring Table window, beneath the Menus, you will find a Toolbar, which has visual shortcuts to most commonly used operations.  Clicking a button on the Toolbar will begin the operation you have selected. 

Working with test results

Inserting Scores 

When you first open the Table, you are asked to select a set of scores to work with.  These may be the results of tests from this computer, or you may be collecting scores from other machines.  You can also select scores from a floppy disk or a network.

You can select as many scores from a directory as you like, using your left mouse button. (Shift left mouse selects a range,
Ctrl left mouse adds or removes a single file.)

You can also select files from other directories by choosing

Score Files > Insert Files in Table (Ctrl I)

for each directory or disk which contains the files you wish to work with.

If you are bringing together score files from different systems, it is helpful to give each system a unique name when configuring Profiler, so that the score files will also have unique names.  If you have different score files with identical names, you should rename them before trying to work with them at the same time. See Windows Help on renaming files if you are unsure how to do this.

Once you have inserted your test results into the table, you can view information about them.

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Removing Scores

You can remove scores from your table by selecting the scores you wish  to remove, and choosing

Table > Remove Selected

This does not affect the score files, it simply removes them from the group of files you are working with in the Scoring Table.

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Selecting Scores to work with

For many operations in the Scoring Table, you select one or more Scores to work with.  Selecting a single Score is done by clicking on that score with our left mouse button.  Selecting a range of scores can be done be clicking on the first Score you want, then using Shift and the left mouse button on the last Score you want. This selects all scores between as well. 

You can also select or deselect any single score by using the Ctrl and left mouse button.  The Scoring Table selection operations work in the same manner as Windows Explorer, so you should already be comfortable with them.

To easily select all or none of the scores, you may choose

Table > Select All     or
Table > DeSelect All

You may want to use Sorting to arrange the scores by the category you are interested in before making a selection.

Scoring Test Results 

If a test is unscored, you will see that it is missing a checkmark in the Scored box at the left of the table.  There will be no score information available for that test result until it has been scored.

Depending on your testing situation, you may choose to score the students' tests at the time they are taken, or wait to score the tests at a later time.  Scoring the tests when they are taken provides the added benefit of providing video feedback to the student, which can help improve performance.  Scoring tests later reduces the training benefits of Profiler, but may be appropriate in some situations.

Limited License Restriction

Due to the restrictions of a Profiler Limited License, tests taken on machines with Limited or no licenses MUST BE SCORED using a Limited (per test) license.  You MAY NOT use an Unlimited License on one machine to score tests taken under Limited (per test) Licenses on another machine.  This restriction only applies to tests taken under a Limited or Expired License.

To score all tests which are unscored, choose

Score Files > Score All Unscored (Ctrl A)

To score only some tests, select those tests with your mouse, using the Shift and Ctrl keys as needed.  It is okay to include already scored tests in your selection, as they will be ignored.  Once the tests are selected, choose

Score Files > Score Selected Files (Ctrl S)

A progress bar will indicate that scoring is being performed. 

You must have a valid license with sufficient tests available to score the tests.

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Viewing Score Charts 

The chart for any scored test can be viewed by double clicking on the line for that test, or selecting 

Table > Display Chart (Ctrl D)

If the PRINT and CANCEL buttons are not visible on the chart due to your screen resolution or font size, you can use the ESC key to exit the chart display.

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Printing Score Charts

You can print the chart for one or more selected tests by choosing 

Table > Print Chart (Ctrl C)

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Comparing Test Results

Once test results are in the Table, they can be easily sorted by any of the displayed fields.  Simply click in the column heading, and the scores will be sorted by that field.  Click again, and the order is reversed.  To see all the columns available, click the 
expand display button, or choose

Table > Expand Columns

You can also sort by the Scored flag using the toolbar button or

Table > Sort by Scored Flag

Sorting results in this way allows for conveniently grouping scores by date, system, age or any of the other displayed elements, which can be very useful in managing the score files.  You even have the ability to add your own custom fields to the test results and sort using these fields.  Just configure your system to use the OPTIONAL FIELDS, and have your students enter the value you would like to sort by when they log in.

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Printing the Score Table

You can print out the contents of the Scoring Table itself as you have arranged it for your records.  Simply choose

Table > Print Table

In the Printer Setup dialog, you should choose Landscape mode for best printing results.

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Changing the Norm File

The Norm file represents a group of test results, and all score values shown on the Profiler Chart are 'percentile' scores based on this group.  Viewing a Chart using different Norm files allows you to see how a score compares to various groups who have taken the Profiler test. 

You can select which group to compare your test results to by choosing 

Norms > Select Norm File

and selecting the group you would like to use from the list.

You can also easily create a new norm file by simply typing a new name in the Filename area.  You can add some or all of your scores to this norm file.  We recommend that at least 30 scores be placed into a norm file before it is used  for comparison, because small samples of scores do not give reliable results.

The ScoreTable application and the Profiler production expect all
Norm files to be in the C:\Profiler_DataFiles directory.

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Exporting Scores

You can export your test results in a format which other programs can read, so that further analysis which might be unique to your environment can be performed.  The export format is a simple comma-delimited ascii text, with records for header and score description, followed by header and score values for each test exported. 

Select the files you wish to export, and choose

Table > Export Selected (Ctrl X)

then enter a name for the export file in the Filename area.

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Moving and Copying Score Files

You can manage and arrange your score files by moving or copying them to a folder, floppy disc or networked computer.  Simply select the files you wish to move or copy, and choose

Score Files > Move Selected Files
Score Files > Copy Selected Files

then choose the desired folder, disc or computer.  You must create the destination folders first, using Windows Explorer.

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Managing Norm Files

Norm files are the ruler you use to measure the students'
Profiler performance.  They help you to interpret and understand the raw scores generated by the test.  They tell you what is 'Normal', what is exceptional, and what may need attention.

If you look at the raw score values displayed in the Scoring Table, you will see that the values have different ranges for different test areas.  To know if a score is good or bad, you must know not only what these numbers represent, but also how a student typically performs in each area.  Norm Files perform much of the interpretation for you by comparing each score to the results of a large group of subjects and ranking each score among this group.

By using Norm files, you can determine not only how your students compare to National groups, but how they rank compared to any group you have tested using Profiler.  You can create Norm files for each class you teach, for each category of student you have, or for any grouping you choose.

There is a special Norm file called 'Empty' which is different than the other Norm files.  It is computer generated, and contains a 'flat distribution' of scores from our National norms.  When you use the Empty Norm file to view your charts, you see scores which more closely reflect the raw data from the test.  The values range from 0 to 100, but they do not consider how people perform on average when they take the test.  These scores are more like raw percentage scores, not graded 'on a curve'.  You should not try to add scores to the Empty norm file.

New Norm files will be made available on our Website as test results are gathered.  You can take advantage of these new Norms by downloading the files and placing them on your system in the C:\Profiler_DataFiles directory.

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Adding Scores to a Norm

You select a Norm file by choosing 

Norms > Select Norm File

then picking a file. You can create a new norm file by entering a name in the Filename field. 

To add scores to the selected Norm File, you choose 

Norms > Add Selected

We recommend only adding scores to norm files you create yourself, or to copies of the files we provide, so that you can always access the original norms which are shipped with the product.

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Removing Scores from a Norm

It is possible to remove a Score from a Norm file immediately after is has been added, in case you should accidentally add an invalid or undesired Score.  However, due to the processing which occurs as additional Scores are added to a Norm, it becomes more difficult to extract a Score each time more Scores are added.  At some point, it may become impossible to extract a Score from the Norm, so care should be taken to carefully add only those Scores which are desired.

To Remove a Score after it has been added,  simply select the Score and choose

Norms > Remove Selected

A message box will appear indicating if the removal was performed successfully.

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Merging Norm Files

The ability to merge Norm files lets you to handle groups of scores without having to deal with the individual score files.  You can easily maintain a Norm of all your students this way, if you build Norms from each individual class or group.

When you merge Norm files, you merge one into another.  The first is left unchanged, and the second accumulates the information from the first. 

To Merge one Norm file into another, first select the file you want to add as your current Norm, by choosing

Norms > Select Norm File

Perform the merge by choosing

Norms > Merge Current Norm

Select a file to merge these values into from the list that appears, or type in the name for a new Norm file to add the values to.

The ScoreTable application and the Profiler production expect all
Norm files to be in the C:\Profiler_DataFiles directory.

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Accessing Configuration

You can use the Scoring Table application to access the configuration information used by the Profiler production.  These features are also available while running Profiler by logging in as Instructor.

Reading the License Status

You can view the number of days or tests remaining in your Profiler License by  running the Scoring Table application and choosing 

View > Licensing Day/Test Counter

The number of days or tests remaining on your license will be displayed in a message.  This information is also displayed on the status area at the bottom of the Score Table window.

Editing Production Configuration

You can change the Profiler configuration for the computer you are running the toolkit on by logging in as Instructor.  See the section on Configuring Profiler for an explanation of all the settings you can change and what they mean.

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