Resuming an Interrupted Test

An unfinished test can be resumed if the test was interrupted in one of the following ways:

  • If the test was intentionally paused by the teacher or test monitor.
  • If the student lost connection to the server or accidentally closed the browser during the test.
  • If the test ended due to an idle time out (a long span of time without any interaction from the student).
  1. Start the web browser and go to the Renaissance address (URL).
  2. On the Welcome page, select I'm a Student.
  3. The student enters his or her user name and password, and then selects Log In.
  4. On the Home page, the student selects Star Reading.
  5. The student will see a message on the Star Reading Student page reminding the student that he or she has an unfinished test.
  6. The teacher or test monitor should enter the monitor password and select Start.

    The Resume Test window, with a field to enter the monitor password. The Start and Cancel buttons are at the bottom.
  7. A message will confirm that the test is resuming, and then the student can finish taking the test.


  • An unfinished test can only be resumed within eight calendar days of the interruption.
  • A test can be paused and resumed repeatedly. When a test is resumed, the student returns to the same place in the test where the student left off (the same question number), but a different question will be presented. This is done to prevent pausing the test in order to give a student more time to work on a problem.

    Example: On a Thursday afternoon, Lisa is taking a Star Reading test. She is on question 12 when she begins to feel ill. The teacher pauses the test and sends Lisa home. Lisa does not return to school until Monday; when she comes back, the teacher resumes the test. She continues the test, starting on question 12 where she left off, but question 12 is no longer the same question she saw last Thursday; it has changed to a new question.
  • If a student pauses and resumes the Indiana Star Reading Assessment on one of the additional questions they are given, they will return to the same place in the test and will return to the same question.