Aquifer Calibrate is a new and innovative formative assessment system designed for your learning, to help you dial in on gaps in your knowledge and identify the highest yield of clinical learning experiences to advance your skills.

Calibrate gives you what you need to create efficient study plans, track your progress, target learning before an end-of-course exam, and have productive conversations with your faculty to guide your learning. 

  1. Click the link you received in your email.
  2. The first thing you will see is the Assessments Dashboard. The dashboard lists your assessment status, the course and assessment names, the start and end date, the maximum time allowed, the date you submitted, and if there are any reports available. 
  3. To begin your assessment, click the blue “Start assessment” button on the right side of the dashboard.
    Start Assessment Screenshot
  4. When you are asked if you are sure you would like to take the assessment, click on “yes.”
  5. You will be prompted to agree to the Student Honor Code. Please read and agree to the terms and click on “continue.”
    screenshot of student honor code
  6. You are now at the last step before you start your timed assessment. Make sure you have allotted enough time to take the assessment without interruption. Once your assessment begins, you will only be allowed to pause once for a maximum of 10 minutes. Read the instructions on this page carefully, and make sure you are ready before you click on the “Start assessment” button. When you are ready, you may begin your exam.

NOTE: DO NOT USE YOUR BROWSER’S ‘BACK’ BUTTON. DOING SO MAY CAUSE ISSUES WITH YOUR EXAM’S REPORTING.

screenshot of calibrate instructions


Taking a Calibrate Assessment

Calibrate is designed to be given twice during a clerkship to help you stay on track. You’ll start by taking a 35- to 45- question assessment aligned with the goals of your clerkship. 

Once you click on ‘Start assessment,’ your exam will begin, and your timer will start. Questions are multiple-choice, board-style vignettes with a certainty rating for each question, allowing you to calibrate your knowledge and certainty.

screenshot of calibrate test platform
NOTE:
DO NOT USE YOUR BROWSER’S ‘BACK’ BUTTON. DOING SO MAY CAUSE ISSUES WITH YOUR EXAM’S REPORTING. 

The assessment screen breaks down as follows:

  1. The Progress Bar will show you how many questions you’ve answered and how many you have left to complete. 
  2. Most items present a Vignette, which presents a specific patient scenario.
  3. You are then asked a Question along with a number of options from which to choose.Select your Level of Certainty in your answer once you have answered the question. How confident are you in your response to the question? The more accurate your own assessment of certainty, the better the system can identify your strengths and weaknesses and develop a plan for moving forward.
  4. Lab Values, located on the right toolbar, provide standard lab value ranges. 
  5. Time Remaining shows how much time you have left before the exam closes. If you run out of time, your exam will be auto submitted. 
  6. The Pause Assessment button will temporarily pause the exam. You are allowed to pause only once during the assessment, for a maximum of 10 minutes. You are required to state a reason for pausing your exam. Once you enter your reason and click pause, the pop-up window will have a button to resume your assessment. The 10-minute timer will count down on the right sidebar.

screenshot of pause assessment screen
NOTE: IF YOU DO NOT RESUME THE EXAM WITHIN 10 MINUTES OF PAUSING, THE EXAM WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY SUBMITTED.

 

  1. Click on the “Next Question” button  when you have answered your question and chosen your certainty level to proceed to the next question. 
  2. When you reach the final question on the assessment, the “Next Question” button will be replaced by a “Submit Exam” button. Be sure to click this to submit your exam. 

Submitting Your Calibrate Assessment

Once you have submitted your exam, you will be taken back to your Assessments Dashboard, and you should see a blue banner across the top of your screen that reads, “Congrats on successfully completing your exam.”

screenshot of congratulations screen

Your dashboard should also be updated to show that the status of your assessment is now complete. Any new Calibrate exam that you complete will be listed here. You can sort multiple exams by clicking the blue headers in the dashboard:

screenshot of the assessments dashboard

  1. Status
  2. Course
  3. Assessment Name
  4. Availability Start Date
  5. Availability End Date
  6. Max Time Allowed
  7. Date Submitted
  8. Reports (for assessments you’ve already taken)

The last item, “Reports,” is a dropdown list that will be populated with any reports generated from your assessment results. You’ll find instructions for accessing and understanding your reports on the Accessing and Understanding Reports for Students page.