By now, you’ve probably noticed that your students’ Typing Agent curriculum begins with a **Diagnostic Test**. When the students begin, their test will look something like this:

**Why do my students need to take this? **

Most administrators and teachers use a baseline test to determine what students know before instruction begins and then will use the same test to ascertain how much students have learned after instruction is completed. This baseline test is what Typing Agent refers to as its Diagnostic Tests. Before students begin their keyboarding lessons, all of them, even those in kindergarten, take a baseline/Diagnostic Test. As students complete their keyboarding lessons, the same test appears at various times during the program to track progress or improvement over time.

### How are the Diagnostic Tests administered?

For students using the *Keyboarding Foundations K2* Curriculum, Diagnostic Test 1 is **one minute** long. One letter at a time appears on the screen and students must type that letter. If they get that letter incorrect five times in a row, testing stops immediately and the students move on to their keyboarding curriculum. Should students get the letter correct, the next letter appears. The test continues until either one minute is up or the students type incorrectly the on-screen letter five times consecutively – whichever happens first.

The Diagnostic Tests for the *Keyboarding Foundations 3+* Curriculum follows a different format. With *Diagnostic Test: World 0*, students get **two minutes** to type. Should they type a letter incorrectly, they can’t move forward until they correct the error. Once they’ve completed the test or 2 minutes have passed, students get feedback on how well they did.

**Where can I see how my students performed in the Diagnostic Tests?**

Results and grades for these tests are found in the *Reports* section. We detail the *Accuracy*, *Speed* and *Grade Earne*d for all Diagnostics Tests students. In total, K2 students get four Diagnostic Tests but students in grades 3 and higher get 28 Diagnostic Tests.

**Can I skip this first diagnostic test?**

Since the Diagnostic Test is part of the pedagogy of Typing Agent, there is no option to skip the test.