FAQs

General Questions

Q: How is the Assessment of Religious Knowledge (ARK) different from other testing?

A: ARK allows you to see how individual students are learning from 2nd through 12th grades and not just a snapshot of aggregate scores across just three grades. Also: 

  • ARK offers the opportunity to include custom questions to assess your own diocesan initiatives.
  • ARK offers affinity questions linked to the domains to better assess Catholic Identity.
  • ARK does NOT include intrusive questions regarding your students or faculty’s private lives.
Q: Why test so many grades?

A: Only testing 3 times, or as much as 3 years between testing provides no opportunity to take corrective action. As in testing for other academic subjects, research has shown that having a longitudinal record for students more readily predicts issues with their assimilation of knowledge. As we know our Faith is difficult to teach, having a better understanding, grade-by-grade of the improvement areas allows you to adapt to the students’ needs.

Q: Can I see sample questions?

A: Absolutely! Navigate to: ARKTest.org/Sample-Questions

Q: Can I test my school without the diocese having a contract?

A: Absolutely. We have pricing options to fit many needs and are happy to discuss your specific situation and how we can best help you accomplish your goals.

Q: When can I see results?

A: Our testing window runs till May 7th. We will be validating our calculations and algorithm post-test, and anticipate results to be available in late-May. We will update you as we near test-completion.

Test Administration

Q: How long is the test?

A: The test length varies according to the age group. A typical 2nd or 3rd grade test should take about 25-30 minutes. A high school test can take up to about 45-50 minutes.

Q: Can ARK support students that need accommodations or are on IEPs?

A: Yes! The Proctor can allow extra time for students in need. For students who need reading support, the test will offer a text-to-speech feature in 2022 for questions and answers.

Q: Is the test web-based?

A: Yes! We designed the test to be easily taken on mostly any device students will have. Navigating to a simple URL allows the student to login with unique credentials provided by the teacher/proctor. This can even be completed remotely! For detailed system requirements, please visit: arktest.org/SystemRequirements.

Q: Can the test be taken remotely for students learning at home or in a hybrid environment?

A: Yes! The ARK platform supports testing from anywhere with a good internet connection.

Q: Is there a paper test option?

A: In our initial year, we will offer only the web-based test. We are investigating the best options to provide a paper-based test in the 2022 Spring testing window. There will be an additional cost to administer the test on paper to defray the cost of shipping and scoring the paper results.

Q: Is there a pre-test available?

A: At the present time, no. As we build our question pools across all grade levels, we will offer a study guide and pre-test.

Results Reporting

Q: Can I see the questions the students answered incorrectly?

A: Yes. In the report builder tool, a teacher will be able to see incorrect answers coupled with the recommended resources we provide. This should provide clear direction and content to help augment the student’s needs.

Teacher Testing

Q: Do the teachers take the test?

A: Yes! We include faculty testing with the student test. This gives you the best understanding of all factors impacting the student results.

Q: What questions are on the teacher test?

A: The faculty takes a test that is an assortment of questions from the various ARK grade levels. 

Q: What if my teachers aren’t Catholic?

A: This is certainly a growing concern in schools across the country. ARK will support measuring the effectiveness of the mission of your schools and improving Catholic Identity.   Helping all teachers understand basic tenants of our Faith will help our non-Catholic teachers exemplify the Catholic values we’re trying to instill in our students. The goal again is to help identify development areas for these teachers to be more effective in leading their students.

Q: When do teachers take the test?

A: Teachers should take the test around the same time as the students. This will allow the most direct correlation between the performance of both populations. 

Q: Can I have non-religion teachers take the Teacher Test and/or as part of a diocesan-level certification program?

A: For the Spring 2021 test, we will only couple the Teacher Test with the Student Test. In Summer 2021, we will offer the ability to subscribe and purchase a testing license for on-demand testing. 

Parish Testing

Q: Can our Parishes take the test?

A: Yes! While we clearly expect there will be differences in results. The topics tested are found in all religion publishers series’ across 2nd through 12th grades. In fact, we encourage conducting the testing to give you a more comprehensive view of what is working well and what may need attention in your diocese.

Q: We do not have access to technology, can we take a paper-based test?

A: In our initial year, we will offer only the web-based test. We are investigating the best options to provide a paper-based test in the 2022 Spring testing window. There will be an additional cost to administer the test on paper to defray the cost of shipping and scoring the paper results.

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