Student User Manual

SAM
Assessment, Training and Projects for
Microsoft Office 2013
Student User Manual
Introduction
SAM (Skills Assessment Manager) is a web-based application that measures student proficiency in
Microsoft Office software and technology-related topics. SAM teaches Microsoft Word, Excel,
PowerPoint, Access, Outlook and Internet Explorer, in addition to foundational computer concepts.
SAM uses skill-based assessments, interactive training, real-world projects and just-in-time remediation
to help students master essential computing skills.
SAM offers exams, training, projects and path-based assessment and readings. The student manual
introduces the basic functions of SAM.
System Requirements
Your workstation must meet the following minimum system requirements to use SAM:
Requirements
Details
Computer
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Audio and Video
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Processor: Intel Pentium 4 or higher
processor required; Intel Centrino or an
equivalent multi-core processor
recommended
 Memory: 512 MB RAM required; 1 GB
RAM recommended
 Operating Systems: Windows XP SP3 32or 64-bit, Vista SP1 32- or 64-bit, Windows
7 32- or 64-bit or Windows 8
32- or 64-bit; Mac OS X 10.6 Snow
Leopard or higher
Graphics: SVGA
 Resolution: Minimum recommended 1280
x 800
Color: 32-bit
 Video Memory: 64 MB minimum; 128 MB
recommended
 Video Card: Modern DirectX compatible
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Network
Internet Connection: 56K modem minimum;
broadband connection (cable, DSL, T1 or
ISDN) recommended; persistent connection
required
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Software and Disk Storage
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Web Browsers: 4 MB
Adobe Flash Player 11 recommended;
versions 10.2 or higher have been tested
and are supported; versions prior to 10.1
are not supported: 2 MB
 Adobe Reader 8 minimum; 9
recommended: 22.4 MB 
NOTE: Refer to your Microsoft
documentation for current disk
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storage requirements.
For up-to-date system requirements for Microsoft products, refer to the following pages on the
Microsoft website:
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For the Windows Vista operating system: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/919183
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For the Windows 7 operating system: http://windows.microsoft.com/enus/windows7/products/system-requirements
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For the Windows 8 operating system: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/systemrequirements
Configuring Your Browser
You need to enable the following settings on your browser:
Supported Browsers
You can access SAM using the following browsers:
Operating Systems
Supported Browsers
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Windows XP SP3, Vista SP1, 7 and 8
Internet Explorer 8 through 11 for 32-bit
version of Windows or 64-bit versions
running in 32-bit emulation mode; Firefox
(latest version and latest -1); Chrome (latest
version and latest -1)
NOTE: SAM 2010 Assessment and Training
content is not tested on Chrome.
Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8 Snow Leopard
Safari 5.0 or 6.0 (for Mac OS 10.8 only);
Firefox (latest version and latest -1)
Confirm these settings in your browser:

JavaScript is enabled.

Pop-up blocking is disabled, either entirely or just for the SAM URL: http://sam.cengage.com.
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Ad-blocking software is disabled for the URL http://sam.cengage.com.
Enabling JavaScript
To use SAM, verify that JavaScript is enabled on your browser. To confirm its status, use the procedure
appropriate to your browser:
Internet Explorer
Use this table to enable JavaScript on Internet Explorer:
Step
Action
1
Select Internet Options from the Tools menu. The Internet Options dialog box
displays.
2
Click the Security tab.
3
Click the Trusted Sites icon.
4
Click Custom level. The Security Settings – Internet Zone dialog box opens.
5
Scroll to the Scripting section.
6
Under Active Scripting, confirm that the Enable radio button is selected.
7
Click OK to close the Security Settings – Internet Zone dialog box.
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Click OK to close the Internet Options dialog box.
Firefox for Windows
Follow this table to enable JavaScript on Firefox:
Step
Action
1
Select Options from the Tools menu. The Options dialog box opens.
2
Click the Content tab.
3
Confirm that the Enable JavaScript check box is selected.
4
Click Advanced to the right of the Enable JavaScript check box. The Advanced
JavaScript Settings dialog box opens.
5
Confirm that the Hide the status bar check box is selected.
6
Click OK the Advanced JavaScript Settings dialog box to close it.
7
Click OK the Options dialog box to save your changes.
Chrome for Windows
Follow this table to enable JavaScript on Google Chrome:
Step
Action
1
Select Settings on the Customize and Control Google Chrome menu in the upper
right corner of the browser window. The Settings dialog box opens.
2
Click the Show Advanced Settings… link.
3
Click Content Settings.
4
Confirm that the Allow All Sites to Run JavaScript check box is selected.
5
Click Done on the Content Settings dialog box to save your changes.
Safari for Mac
Follow this table to enable JavaScript on Safari:
Step
Action
1
Select Preferences under the Safari menu. The Preferences dialog box opens.
2
Click the Security tab.
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Confirm that the Enable JavaScript check box is selected.
4
Close the dialog box to save your changes.
Disabling Pop-Up Blockers
To use SAM, disable pop-up blocking software on the browser for the URL http://sam.cengage.com. Use
the procedure appropriate to your browser to disable pop-up blocking.
Internet Explorer
To turn off pop-up blocking entirely or for the SAM URLs follow these steps:
Step
Action
1
Select Internet Options from the Tools menu. The Internet Options dialog box
displays.
2
Click the Privacy tab.
3
Turn off pop-up blocking:
 To turn off pop-up blocking completely, confirm that the Block pop-up windows
check box is not selected. Go to Step 9.
 To disable pop-up blocking for SAM only confirm that the Block pop-up windows
check box is selected. Go to Step 4.
Step
Action
4
Confirm that the Turn on Pop-up Blocker check box is selected.
5
Under Pop-up Blocker, click Settings. The Pop-up Blocker Settings dialog box opens.
6
In the Address of website to allow field, enter http://sam.cengage.com.
7
Click Add.
8
Click Close to return to the Internet Options dialog box.
9
Click OK to save your changes.
You can also turn off pop-up blocking entirely from the menu bar following these steps:
Step
1
Action
Select Pop-Up Blocker from the Tools menu.
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Select Turn Off Pop-Up Blocker from the Pop-Up Blocker menu.
Setting Up Pop-Ups (IE Only)
SAM requires that pop-ups in Internet Explorer display in a new window instead of a new tab. Use the
following procedure to set this up:
Step
Action
1
Select Internet Options from the Tools menu.
2
Click Settings in the General tab. The Tabbed Browsing Settings dialog box opens.
3
Select the Always open pop-ups in a new window radio button under When a
popup is encountered.
4
Click OK. Your changes save and the Tabbed Browsing Settings dialog box closes.
5
Click OK. The Internet Options dialog box.
Firefox for Windows
To turn off pop-up blocking entirely or for the SAM URLs only, follow the directions in the table below:
Step
Action
1
Select Options from the Tools menu. The Options dialog box opens.
2
Click the Content tab.
Step
Action
3
Turn off pop-up blocking.
 To turn off pop-up blocking completely, confirm that the Block pop-up windows
check box is not selected. Go to Step 8
 To disable pop-up blocking for SAM only confirm that the Block pop-up windows
check box is selected. Go to Step 4.
4
Click the Exceptions button to the right of the check box. The Allow Sites – Pop-ups
dialog box displays.
5
Enter the URL http://sam.cengage.com.
6
Click Allow.
7
Click Close in the Allow Sites – Pop-ups dialog box to close it.
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Click OK to save your changes in the Options dialog box.
Chrome for Windows
To turn off pop-up blocking entirely or for the SAM URLs only follow the steps in the table:
Step
Action
1
Select Settings in the Customize and Control Google Chrome menu in the upper
right corner of the browser window. The Settings dialog box opens.
2
Click the Show Advanced Settings… link.
3
Click Content Settings.
4
Turn off pop-up blocking:
 To turn off pop-up blocking completely, confirm that the Allow All Sites to Show
Pop-ups check box is selected. Go to Step 7.
 To disable pop-up blocking for SAM only, click the Manage Exceptions button.
Go to Step 5.
5
Enter the URL http://sam.cengage.com in the hostname pattern field.
6
Click Done on the Pop-up exceptions dialog box.
7
Click Done on the Content Settings dialog box to save your changes
Safari for Mac
To turn off pop-up blocking entirely or for the SAM URLs only:
Step
Action
1
Select Preferences from the Safari menu. The Preferences dialog box opens.
2
Click the Security tab.
3
Deselect the Block pop-up windows check box
Step
4
Action
Close the dialog box to save your changes.
NOTE: Safari does not support disabling pop-up blocking for individual URLs. Turn off pop-up blocking so
that you can use SAM.
Alternatively, you can turn off pop-up blocking from the menu bar using the following procedure:
Step
Action
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Click the Safari menu.
2
Deselect the Block Pop-Up Windows option.
Third-Party Pop-Up Blockers
Third-party Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome toolbars offered by companies like Yahoo!, Google
and Ask.com may include pop-up blockers. Deactivate this feature, either completely or for the URL
http://sam.cengage.com only. Refer to the toolbar’s documentation for instructions on how to disable
this feature.
Disabling Ad Blockers
Third-party add-ons and extensions for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari may block the display of
ads. This may cause issues if one of the SAM URLs is present on the block list. To prevent this, disable
the ad blocker for the URL http://sam.cengage.com. Refer to the ad blocker’s documentation for more
information.
Setting Up Your Computer
You need the following computer settings to run SAM:
Necessary Software
You need the following software on your computer to use SAM:

Adobe Flash Player: Required to use the simulations in exams and training. Links to this
component are on the right side of the Home page, under Software. Click the link or go to
http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ and follow the installation prompts.
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Adobe Reader: Required to read SAM user manuals. Go to http://get.adobe.com/reader/ if you
need to download Adobe Reader.
IMPORTANT: If you are using a computer in a computer lab, always ask the lab administrator before
installing any software.
Monitor Resolution
The preferred minimum screen resolution is 1280 x 800 or higher.
Use the following procedures to check or update the current resolution:
Windows XP
Use this table to change your screen resolution for Windows XP:
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Step
Action
1
Right click anywhere on your computer’s desktop. A shortcut menu displays
2
Select Properties from the shortcut menu. The Display Properties dialog box
displays.
3
Click the Settings tab. The current resolution displays under Screen resolution.
4
Drag the slider toward More until the desired setting displays (if the current
resolution is less than 1280 x 800.)
Record the current setting so you can restore it later.
5
Click OK to save your changes. The Display Properties dialog box closes.
Windows Vista
Use this table to change your screen resolution for Windows Vista:
Step
Action
1
Right click anywhere on your computer’s desktop. The shortcut menu displays
2
Select Personalize from the shortcut menu. The Personalize appearance and
sounds dialog box displays.
3
Click Display Settings. The Display Settings dialog box displays.
4
Drag the slider toward High until the desired setting displays (if the current
resolution is less than 1280 x 800.)
Record the current setting so you can restore it later.
5
Click OK to save your changes. The Display Properties dialog box closes.
Windows 7 and 8
Use this table to change your screen resolution for Windows 7 and 8:
Step
Action
1
Right click anywhere on your computer’s desktop to display a shortcut menu.
2
Select Screen Resolution from the shortcut menu to display the Screen Resolution
dialog box.
3
Select 1280 x 800 from the Resolution menu.
Record the current setting so you can restore it later.
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Click OK to save your changes. The Screen Resolution dialog box closes.
Mac OS X
Use this table to change your screen resolution for Macs:
Step
Action
1
Select Systems Preferences from the Apple menu to display system preferences.
2
Click Displays from the Hardware category to edit the screen resolution.
3
Select 1280 x 800 from the Resolution menu.
Record the current setting so you can restore it later if desired.
4
Click OK to save your changes.
Viewing Applications on a Split Screen
You can use SAM in a split screen environment with another browser, window or application.
(Examples: You can read a Cengage eBook while doing a Training assignment or view the instructions
and application while working on a project.) You can display each application window on the side you
prefer.
If you have a wider monitor, you may choose to split the screen. Follow these procedures to set up a
split screen environment:
Windows
Confirm that the Aero Snap feature is enabled:
Step
Action
1
Click Start.
Select Control Panel from the menu on the right.
2
Select Ease of Access Center from the Control Panel dialog box. The Ease of Access
Center dialog box opens.
Step
Action
3
Select Make the keyboard easier to use.
Confirm that Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to
the edge of the screen is deselected.
4
Click OK.
5
Launch the applications to display on the left and right sides of the screen.
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Click and drag the Windows title bar to the left until the arrow icon reaches the left
edge of the screen. The window fills the left side of the screen.
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Launch the application to display on the right side of the screen. Click the Windows
title bar and drag to the right until the arrow icon reaches the right edge of the
screen. The window fills the right side of the screen.
Older versions of Windows
Follow this procedure to use a split screen on XP:
Step
Action
1
Open both applications.
2
Hold the Ctrl key and click to select both applications from the task bar.
3
Right click one of the selected applications in the task bar. Select
Tile Vertically from the menu to split the screen.
Mac
Follow this procedure to use a split screen on a Mac:
Step
Action
1
Open the application to display on the left.
2
Click and drag the lower-right corner of the window so it fills the left side of the
screen.
3
Open the application to display on the right.
4
Click and drag the lower-right corner of the window so it fills the right side of the
screen.
5
Drag the window to position it.
NOTE: If you use OS X version 10.6 or greater, you can purchase an app called Split
Screen from the App Store to split the screen display. If you use a computer in the
lab, always ask the lab administrator before you install an application.
Tips for Mac Users
If you use a Mac, you can use the same procedures for enabling JavaScript, cookies and pop-ups on your
browser.
If you use an Apple Mac computer to access SAM, you may find the following tips helpful:
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When instructions direct you to press the Windows Ctrl key, do the following, depending on your
keyboard:
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Using a Mac with an Apple keyboard, press the Command key instead.

Using a Mac with a generic USB keyboard, press the Ctrl key. You may need to press the Alt key
for the same function.
When instructions direct you to click the right button of a Windows mouse, do the following:

Using a single-button mouse or track pad, press the Ctrl key and click at the same time.

Using a more recent MacBook that supports gestures, touch the track pad with two fingers. (You
need to enable this in your System Preferences.)
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Using a generic USB two-button mouse or track pad, click the right button.
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Apple keyboards do not have a Backspace key. For the delete key on a Mac keyboard to function
as a Backspace key would on a PC, hold the fn key while pressing the delete key.
How to Use SAM
Logging in the First Time
Follow the instructions on the course website to log in to SAM.
Account
Do not change any account or profile information in your SAM account. The only thing you should
change is your password.
Notifications
System messages display in the Notifications dropdown. Notifications include system downtime or
failure to meet system requirements such as installing Adobe Flash player. Plan your schedule if there
are periods when SAM will not be available to you.
Help
If you require technical assistance, you can access documentation through the Help menu or contact
Cengage Customer Support.
To open the documentation, select the link to either the online help or the User Manual.
If you need technical assistance, do the following:
Step
Action
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Click Help
2
Click Technical.
Result: The Cengage Customer Support page opens in another tab.
3
Under Returning User, enter your SAM/Cengage Brain username/email address and
password and click Sign In.
4
Click Select Product and select SAM from the Select a Product menu.
Result: The SAM Knowledgebase page displays. From here you can do the following:
Browse articles, downloads and tutorials in the left column.
 Search the knowledgebase by entering one or more keywords in the Search field
and clicking Search.
 Enter a new problem by clicking No, please create a new case on the upperright
side of the page. Follow the online directions to complete your case.
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Activities
You can view and take assignments from either the Activity Calendar or Activity List view. The Activity
Calendar displays assignment available and due dates on a calendar. The Activity List displays
assignment details in a list format. UCF recommends using the Activity List view.
Activity Calendar
The Activity Calendar displays when you log into SAM. The Activity Calendar displays activities that
become available and when they are due in a calendar format.
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NOTE: The first time you log in to SAM, no sections display. Register for a section in the Sections tab.
Action
Result
Activity Calendar Display
The Activity Calendar displays Exams, Training, Projects and
SAM Paths. Badges display next to the activity type. A gray
badge indicates the assignment becomes available that day. A
red badge means the assignment is due that day. The number
in the badge refers to the number of activities of that type.
Filter Activity Types
Activity types that display in orange display in the Activity
Calendar view. Select an activity type to hide it from the
calendar view. Activities that display in blue do not display in
the Activity Calendar View.
NOTE: Activity filters settings apply to the Activity List and
Reports pages.
Sections filter
Select a section from the dropdown menu. All sections display
by default. Enter text for partial search functionality.
Days
Click a day to display the Daily Assignments dialog box. The
dialog box displays additional assignment details, including
the due date and time, number of attempts allowed and how
many times you attempted the assignment.
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Unavailable assignments
The assignment name displays grayed out in the dialog box if
the assignment is not available or past due.
Begin an assignment
Select an assignment from the Daily Assignments dialog box
to begin. The Assignment Start or Project dialog displays.
Always Available
Always Available Assignments display in the top left corner
with the number of assignments that are always available.
 Click the dropdown menu.
 Select the activity type you want to view by selecting the
check box. All activity types are enabled by default.
 Click the assignment name to launch the assignment.
Switch month
Select the arrow next to the month to navigate the calendar.
Activity List
Click the Activity List view to see a list of all activities. The Activity List displays assignments from all
sections by default. You can select assignments to begin from this menu. The Activity List displays the
name, type, availability, due date, section and status. Assignments that you completed and have no
more attempts available do not display in the Activity List.
Action
Result
Sections filter
Select a section from the dropdown menu. All sections
display by default. Enter text for partial search functionality.
Sort
The Activity List initially display by assignment name. Click a
heading row to sort by it.
Filter Activity Types
Select a type of activity to remove it from the list view.
Activity types with orange backgrounds display in the Activity
List view. The Always Available filter is off by default.
NOTES:
 If you use the Always Available filter, you need to turn on
a filter for one or more assignment types for assignments
to display.
 The Always Available filter is off by default. Assignments
with no due date do not display in the Activity List view
while the filter is off.
 Activity filters apply to the Activity Calendar and Reports.
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Due Date
The Due date column displays both the date and time an
assignment is due.
Available
Lists the assignments availability.
Status
Status describes your progress on an assignment
Type
The type describes whether the assignment is an exam,
training or project.
Sections
The Section column lists the course the assignment is for.
Beginning an assignment
Click an assignment to begin. The Assignment Start or Project
dialog displays.
NOTE: Some assignment requires an 18-digit keycode. Enter
the correct keycode when prompted. See Adding a Product
for more information.
Reports
You can view Exam Results and Training Progress from the Reports view. You can also view Study Guides
for exams and SAM Path assignments.
Action
Result
Sections filter
Select a section from the dropdown menu. All sections
display by default. Enter text for partial search functionality.
Filter Activity Types
Select a type of activity to remove it from the list view.
Activity types with orange backgrounds display in the Reports
page.
NOTE: Activity filters apply to the Activity Calendar and
Activity List.
Sort
The Reports initially display by assignment name. Click a
heading row to sort by it.
Submitted
The Submitted column displays the date and time when you
submitted the activity.
View all Reports
Click View all Reports to view every report from a section.
Different activity types have different reports. A message displays if the report is not available for
students to download. These are the reports you can download for each activity type:
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Exams
— Study Guide: The Study guide lists tasks and provides links to training.
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— Results
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Training
— Training Progress
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Projects
— Download submitted project file
— Study Guide: The Study guide lists tasks and provides links to training.
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SAM Paths
— Study Guide: The Study guide lists tasks and provides links to training.
Gradebook
Gradebook enables you to view your assignment scores in each section in which you enrolled. This
includes scores for the SAM Exams, Projects and Training Assignments.
Step
Action
1
Select the Gradebook view.
2
Select a section from the drop down menu. Entering text begins a search.
3
Click OK.
 If your instructor has set up the Gradebook for the section to display to
students, you can view the score information for each assignment. You may
have to wait for a specified date.
Assignments are grouped by their Type. You can expand and collapse them by
clicking + and -.

If your instructor has not set up the Gradebook for the section to display to
students, you see the message There is no gradebook data available at this
time.
Taking Assignments
You can launch assignments in SAM through the Activity Calendar or Activity List. UCF recommends
using the Activity List view. You can take exams, training and projects in SAM. Some assignments are
password protected. Instructors provide the password. Enter the password at the prompt.
]Searching for and Selecting an Assignment
Before you can work on an assignment, search for and select it. Students can search for assignments
through either the Activity Calendar or the Activity List. UCF recommends using the Activity List view.
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Activity Calendar View
Follow this procedure to begin an assignment using the Activity Calendar:
Step
Action
1
Navigate to the Activity Calendar view.
2
Narrow the list of assignments by selecting a Section from the drop-down menu or
an Assignment Type from the filter bar.
3
Assignments that display with a gray badge become available that day. Assignments
with a red badge are due that day.
NOTE: The assignments display only on their available or due date. You can take the
assignment between the availability and due date. Click the day it is available or due
to take it.
4
Select a day to view assignment details for a day.
5
Click the assignment name. The Assignment Start or Project dialog box displays.
6
Click Start to begin an assignment.
Always Available Assignments from Activity Calendar View
Follow this procedure to begin always available assignments:
Step
Action
1
Navigate to the Activity Calendar view.
2
Narrow the list of assignments by selecting a Section from the drop-down menu or
an Assignment Type from the filter bar.
3
Click Always Available Assignments dropdown menu. A list of assignments display.
4
Use the check boxes to enable or disable assignment types.
5
Click the activity name. The Assignment Start or Project Start dialog box displays.
6
Click Start to begin an assignment.
Activity List View
Follow this procedure to begin an assignment using the Activity Calendar:
Step
1
Action
Navigate to the Activity List view.
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Sort the list by clicking on a column heading.
3
Narrow the list of assignments by selecting a Section from the drop-down menu or
an Assignment Type from the filter bar.
4
You can work on assignments if it is listed with an availability of Always or Now.
Enable the Always Available filter to view assignments with no due date. They
display in blue.
5
Click the activity name. The Assignment Start or Project Start dialog box displays.
6
Click Start to begin an assignment.
Exam Assignments
Use the following procedure to take an exam.
NOTE: Before you start an exam, close all applications other than your browser, and close any
additional browser windows or tabs unless otherwise indicated by your instructor. This helps ensure
that the SAM Content Player performance is not affected. This is especially important if you take a
timed exam.
Step
Action
1
Select an exam from the Activity Calendar or Activity List.
2
If your instructor specified a password for the assignment, SAM prompts you for it.
Enter the password and click OK.
Result: The assignment details display in a new window, listing the following
information about the assignment:
 The name of the assignment
Instructions
 Incorrect actions allowed per task and question

Whether the exam can be retaken
 The number of times an exam can be retaken
 The number of retakes you have remaining
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Step
Action
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Click Start.
Result: The Content Player launches and the exam begins. See Using the Content
Player for further information.
4
Follow the instructions.
5
Click Exit in the Control Panel to close the Content Player. A message displays if
there are any incomplete questions. Click Yes if you want to exit or click No to
continue working on the exam. SAM does not grade incomplete questions.
IMPORTANT: Your exam does not submit if you close the content player by closing
the browser window.
Training Assignments
Use the following procedure to take a training assignment
NOTE: Close all applications other than your browser and additional browser windows or tabs unless
otherwise indicated by your instructor. This ensures that the SAM Content Player performance is not
affected.
Step
Action
1
Select a training assignment from the Activity Calendar or Activity List.
2
If your instructor specified a password for the assignment, SAM prompts you for it.
Enter the password and click OK.
Result: The assignment details display in a new window, listing information about
the training, including:
The name of the assignment
 When the training is due
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3
Click Start.
Result: The Content Player launches. See Using the Content Player for further
information. Follow the instructions.
4
Click Exit in the Control Panel to close the Content Player when you are done. A
message displays if there are any incomplete tasks. Click Yes if you want to exit or
click No to continue working on the training.
IMPORTANT: Your training does not submit if you close the content player by closing
the browser window.
Using the Content Player
Use the SAM Content Player to take exams and undergo training.
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Content Player Areas
The SAM Content player is divided into three areas: Title Bar, Questions Area, and Control Panel.
Title Bar: Assignment Information
The Title Bar of the Content Player’s window lists information about the assignment, including:

Your name

The name of the assignment
Question Area: Assignment Questions and Tasks
The Question Area displays either the question you need to answer or the task you need to complete.
Follow the instructions.
NOTE: If you are taking training, you see a window that describes the training task. Click Continue to
proceed with the training.
Control Panel: Content Player Controls
The Control Panel at the bottom of the page displays the Content Player’s controls. These include:

: These controls enable you to open and
close the menu of questions. Use this menu to select specific questions to answer and tasks to
perform.

For training assignments different SAM versions and type of training have different controls.
Intro provides a basic summary of the task. Observe mode provides audio and visual
instructions for the task. Practice mode helps you perform the task by providing audio and
visual prompts. Apply mode enables you to perform the task without assistance.
— Microsoft Office 2013:
— Computer Concepts (training about Windows or the computer):

: This control displays when you are taking an exam. It
displays the ID of the current task or question.

: These controls enable you to go to the previous or next questions in
the task list.

: This control displays when you are using training. It ends one training
mode and takes you to the next. It takes you to the next task if you click it in Practice mode.
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
: These controls display when you are using training’s
Observe and Practice modes. You can reset, rewind, pause and fast forward through the
demonstration of each task. You can also mute and un-mute the audio presentation.

: These controls display when you take an
exam. They indicate the time remaining for a timed exam and the number of attempts you have
to answer the question or complete the task.

: This closes the Content Player. If there are any unanswered questions or incomplete
tasks, you see the warning, There are unfinished tasks. Are you sure you want to exit? Click Yes
to exit or click No to return to the session. If you exit, summary of the session displays. Click
Print to print out the summary or click Close to end the session.
IMPORTANT:
— Your training or exam does not submit if you exit the Content Player by closing the browser
window.
— You can re-enter exam assignments only if the exam crashed.
— You can take an exam or training as many times as the instructor allows.
Recovering and Resuming from a Crash or Lost Connection
If your computer crashes or you lose your connection to SAM during an exam or training, you can
restart it once conditions return to normal. Log in, navigate to the Activities List view, and select the
assignment. The Content Player begins where you lost connection and SAM saves any complete
questions and tasks.
If you have a problem logging back in to SAM or re-starting the Content Player, clear your browser’s
temporary Internet and history files using the following procedures.
Internet Explorer
Follow this procedure to clear your browsing history on Internet Explorer:
Step
Action
1
Launch Internet Explorer.
2
Select Delete Browsing History under the Tools menu.
Result: The Delete Browsing History dialog box will open.
3
Click the Temporary Internet Files and History checkboxes so they are checked.
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Make sure the other checkboxes are not selected.
5
Click Delete.
Firefox for Windows
Follow this procedure to clear your browsing history on Firefox:
Step
Action
1
Launch Firefox.
2
Select Clear Recent History under the Tools menu. The Clear Recent History dialog
box opens.
3
Select the appropriate Time range to clear from the drop-down menu. If in doubt,
select Everything.
4
Click the Browsing & Download History and Cache checkboxes so they are
selected.
5
Make sure the other checkboxes are not selected.
6
Click Clear Now.
Chrome for Window
Follow this procedure to clear your browsing history on Chrome:
Step
Action
1
Launch Chrome.
2
Select the Tools menu.
3
Select Clear browsing data.
4
Select Clear browsing history, Clear download history, Delete cookies and other site
and plug-in data, and Empty the cache from the Clear browsing data dialog box.
5
Make sure the other checkboxes are not selected.
6
Click Clear browsing data.
Safari
Follow this procedure to clear your browsing history on Safari:
Step
Action
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Launch Safari.
2
Select Reset Safari under the Safari menu. Result:
The Reset Safari dialog box opens.
3
Click the Clear History and Empty Cache checkboxes so they are selected.
4
Make sure the other checkboxes are not selected.
5
Click Reset.
Completing a Reading Assignment
If your instructor has selected a Cengage eBook for your section, he or she can assign readings from that
book. If you have purchased that eBook through Cengage Brain (http://www.cengagebrain.com), you
can read that book online from within SAM using the following procedure:
Step
Action
1
Select the reading assignment from the Activity Calendar or Activity List view.
2
If you have purchased the eBook through Cengage Brain
(http://www.cengagebrain.com), the name of the Reading Assignment will be
underlined. Click the name of the assignment and another browser window or tab
will open. If you haven’t purchased the eBook yet, the assignment name will be
underlined; however, you will be prompted for a license that can be purchased
through Cengage Brain.
3
If this is the first time you have accessed the eBook, the MindTap Service
Agreement displays. Click Accept to continue or click Decline.
4
The eBook displays.
Logging Out
Once you are done using SAM, click the Logout link in the upper-right corner of the page. The SAM login
page displays.
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