Presentation: Prompts

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Prompts are verbal statements that help a student stay focused on the test, move forward, or stop. Prompts or verbal cues also may redirect a student who has become distracted.


  1. The teacher determines what prompts are appropriate and when they will be used.
  2. The student is briefed on how the prompts will be used.
  3. During the test, the teacher should monitor carefully to ensure that the student is answering in the correct way. This is especially important for students who may lose their place on an answer sheet.


It is important to know when a prompt is appropriate. For example, some students may appear off task when they are thinking. If interchanges between the adult and student become too frequent, they may interfere with the concentration of other students.

Excerpted from Assessment Accommodations Toolkit.

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