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    First round of KS3 Test Succesfully done.

    We ran 113 tests today (first part,) and only had one pronblem. This was a pupil who was decribed as a unreliable by the staff. His test failed to start correctly and he just sat there for 50 mins and did not tell anyone.

    Second half of the test tomorrow.

    Population 2 do it on Wed and Thursday afternoons.


    I'll keep you informed.

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    Re: First round of KS3 Test Succesfully done.

    Wow, congratulations. Our tests have so far run smoothly and successfully. That reminds me, I really should update the tests on our machines as I expect there'll be more waiting to download.

    The only problems I've had with these things is that the head of ICT has done nothing but whinge, moan and grumble about the user interface of it so far. We've gone to great pains to explain taht it's nothing to do with us, but we're IT, so it must be... *rolls eyes*

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    Re: First round of KS3 Test Succesfully done.

    At least you're not in the thin client trial.

    Apparantly, a bug causes it to take up to 40mins to load a test and there is no fix as of yet!

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    Re: First round of KS3 Test Succesfully done.

    yesterday, for the third time, my head of ICT came in 5 minutes before a lesson and asked me to schedule a test for that lesson. Apart from the rush the (pfm) test seems to be running ok, though had a couple who couldn't create the chart, despite running the update/patch. doing it with a class of 26 though, as we suspect that with our servers coming towards the time when they should be replaced, it's the best bet.

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    Re: First round of KS3 Test Succesfully done.

    We ran 48 pupils through yesterday, went smoothly and only had 2 client crashes but a quick reboot solved those. We are running all pupils through stage 1 this week and then they all run through stage 2 next week.

    We managed to schedule the sessions over a 2 week period allowing us to use minimum network resources so as not to affect the rest of the network.

    Worked a treat.

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    Re: First round of KS3 Test Succesfully done.

    We ran it yesterday with one class of 20 kids. It took ages for the test to start and seemed to get to the first question one after the other after they logged on. This meant that we had a class of kids sat there staring at a crashed looking screen until it came up. Some kids started 8 minutes after the first kid.
    No one crashed though and I don't think we had any issues.

    Just glad that our IT teacher is doing all the flightdeck stuff. RTFM manual works quite well.

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    Re: First round of KS3 Test Succesfully done.

    We ran 46 kids through phase 1 yesterday, the rest will be going through this week. The only problem we seemed to have was the drive that the APS is installed on had 10GB of free space when we started, half way through the test it had no free space at all.

    Phase 2 next week.

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    Re: First round of KS3 Test Succesfully done.

    We a hundred or so yesterday. Went pretty well. Had a few crashes, nothing that a log off and on didn't sort out though.

    Wasn't slow and didn't seem to effect the network at all which i was
    pleasantly surprised about, lol.

    All in all it's been pretty successful.

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    Re: First round of KS3 Test Succesfully done.

    Currently testing 62 kids, all running smoothly so far.

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    Re: First round of KS3 Test Succesfully done.

    I still can't get it to run in a standard user account for some reason.

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    Re: First round of KS3 Test Succesfully done.

    We ran the second part today with population 1. We had a slight problem todaywith lots of machines loosing contact for a few minutes. I restarted tomcat and all went well. All tests went well apart from 4 today.

    One of them was the same kid as yesterday which seems to be a problem with him. The other 3 users machines crashed with around 3 minutes to go, the flight deck keeps showing no contact which we sorted out by ending the session.

    Population 2 do it tomorrow, around 131 of them again all at once.


    Will keep you informed again.

    By the way, QCA advised us to restart the Tomcat service before we start each session every day. Will do this tomorrow.

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    Re: First round of KS3 Test Succesfully done.

    Hi all i ran tests on 350 to day no problems so far.

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    Re: First round of KS3 Test Succesfully done.

    Quote Originally Posted by bossman
    Hi all i ran tests on 350 to day no problems so far.
    Did we?? Must have been when I was off! ops: 8O

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    Re: First round of KS3 Test Succesfully done.

    Sorry meant 35 workstations in ICTsuite!
    Case of the fat finger syndrome hehe
    still no probs to date though.

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    Re: First round of KS3 Test Succesfully done.

    We've just completed all our tests - 2 sessions per day for 2 days with about 170 kids in each. Not had any major issues.

    The odd crash and failure to save at the end but a restart on a different computer fixed these.

    Did notice it take a while to login on the slowest PC's we have but they are 5 years old so its to be expected.

    There's a rumor here that next year schools will be able to buy a licence for the interface to allow students to become more familiar with it.

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