Initial Diagnostic

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(note: this section was previously labeled “Expedited Scope”)

The Initial Diagnostic is where you have the ability to reduce the total assessment scope to determine the material that should be tested in the initial diagnostic test students complete. The initial diagnostic scope is based on the complete scope and can contain as much or as little of the complete assessment scope as you would like.


In the example shown here, only Units 1-6 were included in the Scope (shown above), so those are the only units available here.

Why do you need to define an initial diagnostic scope? 

Before students can access the study path for an assessment, EdReady will have them take an initial diagnostic test on the material in the assessment. If this test were to comprehensively cover all the material the assessment covers, especially if the assessment covers more than two full units, the test could take several hours to complete.

We don’t want students stuck taking a test instead of getting started improving their knowledge, so the initial diagnostic is the solution. We can specify which subset of the complete assessment scope should be tested in that initial test: this allows EdReady to begin to gather information on each students’ strengths and weaknesses and also allows students to finish the test in about an hour.


How do you decide what should be included in your initial diagnostic scope?

NROC has worked with subject matter experts (SMEs) for their recommendations for the material to cover in this test. Our SMEs have identified the material in each NROC Developmental Math unit that has increased dependencies for mastery. What this means is that there is reason to believe that students would need to have mastered the excluded (untested) material before they could successfully demonstrate mastery for the included materials that are actually tested. In that sense, the suggested materials for inclusion are useful diagnostics for more material than they cover directly. That also likely means that the included materials are harder, as a rule, and questions relating to them might take longer to solve.

Based on the input from our SME’s, we have a pre-configured diagnostic scope associated with all ‘Public Version Assessments’ available for cloning: any assessment you create using these tests as a basis will start off with our recommended initial diagnostic scope.

Of course, you’re welcome to make edits to the initial diagnostic and the pre-configured scope is just a recommendation. If you do make edits, our best estimates indicate that the average student can complete an initial diagnostic test that covers approximately 100 Learning Objectives in about an hour.

Since the initial diagnostic is based on the total scope, any existing initial diagnostic scope will automatically be updated as you change the scope of your assessment:

  • If you remove material from your scope, it will be removed from the initial diagnostic scope as well.
  • If you add material to your scope, it will be added to the initial diagnostic scope as well
    • Note: all the material added to the scope gets added to the initial diagnostic scope too. So if you add in a previously-removed unit, the entire unit will now be included in your initial diagnostic scope (unless you edit it).


If you need information about what material is included in your assessment Initial Diagnostic (& scope), click the Email Data button to have an excel file with those details emailed to you. This file will list all Units, Lessons, Topics, and Learning Objectives available in your scope, as well as which ones are included in this assessment's initial diagnostic. This button is available on both the Scope and Initial Diagnostic tabs – clicking it in either place will send you the exact same file.

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