The IDOE is pleased to announce the ISTEP+ “Experience” opportunity is now available through Pearson. Experience is presented via the Pearson online platform (TestNav 8) that will be used for ISTEP+ online testing, as well as IREAD-3 online testing. The purpose of Experience is for students, educators, parents, and community members to see how test items similar to those on the ISTEP+ assessment are presented in the online system. Open-ended items have also been added to Experience Online this year. Please note that open-ended items appear only on ISTEP+ Part 1, and multiple-choice and technology-enhanced items appear only on ISTEP+ Part 2. Experience makes a great classroom-based activity!
Overview: Experience (ePATs)
Pearson provides Electronic Practice Assessment Tests (referred to as “ePATs”) for Indiana’s Experience opportunity. ePATs make it possible for students, educators, parents, and community members to experience various item types that will appear on the ISTEP+ assessment as often as they like from home, at school, or on mobile devices. ePATs use the same TestNav 8 tools, navigation, interface, and infrastructure as the online ISTEP+ assessments, providing students with a more authentic, low-stakes way to practice and become familiar with online testing and technology-enhanced items. Practice opportunities such as these enable students to become comfortable with the technology used for online testing before they take ISTEP+, allowing them to better demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have gained in the classroom.
To access Experience on TestNav 8, Pearson recommends that students use only officially supported devices, browsers, and operating systems. Other devices and hardware/software combinations could result in students experiencing incorrect formatting, functionality, or other unanticipated issues. For a list of currently supported platforms, please refer to the TestNav 8 System Requirements page at:
When referencing these requirements, please note that Experience does not require kiosk mode.
While Pearson recommends that students use only officially supported devices, browsers, and operating systems, students will be able to access Experience on devices that do not meet the requirements for secure testing.
Please click here to access Experience Online.
Experience Answer Keys
Parents and educators are welcome to use the Experience Answer Key document in working with students, as it is a non-secure resource.
Additional Guidance Regarding English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies Experience Online Items
- English/Language Arts Experience Online Guidance Video
- Math Experience Online Guidance Video
- Science Experience Online Guidance Video
- Social Studies Experience Online Guidance Video