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Frequently Asked Questions about General Information

What is the portal for?

The Rhode Island Next Generation Science Assessment Portal acts as the gateway to all your CAI assessment systems and provides resources to help students, families, and educators prepare for the administration of the MSSA NGSS assessment. 

What are the help desk hours?

The Rhode Island Next Generation Science Assessment Help Desk hours are Monday through Friday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm EST.

What is TDS?

TDS stands for "Test Delivery System." It is the online testing system that will be used for the practice test and RI NGSA Field Test.

Do students need to download the Secure Browser to take the practice test?

No. Students can use the secure browser; however, students can also use recent versions of the Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Safari browsers to take the practice test, or they can use the native browsers built into iPads and Android tablets.