How to Post a Desktop Test

Last Updated: Nov 30, 2016 10:22AM PST

The following steps will help you effectively post a UserTesting desktop test.

Step 1. Log in
Log in to your dashboard.

Step 2. Create a Test
Click Create A New Test on the top right.


Step 3. Website or App Test
Select whether you will be testing a website or an app. For a desktop test, select Test a Website.


Step 4. Choose a Target Audience
Select the number of participants you'd like for your study and the devices they should use during your test. Next, choose your target audience by adjusting the demographic fields. For a desktop study, we'll select our device as computer. Read more about choosing a target audience here.


Note: Only the testers on our panel who meet your demographics and device specifications will be able to view your test.

You can further customize your demographics with the help of screener questions. These allow you to ask testers questions to see if they fit your specific demographics. This is an optional feature you can use if the demographic fields is not specific enough for your target audience. Click here to read more about screeners.


Step 5. Starting Instructions
Enter the starting URL and an introduction to the test scenario. Users will be automatically directed to the URL you provide at the beginning of their test. The scenario will help participants know what mindset they should have when taking the test.


Usage tip: Anything that can be hosted online can be tested. Consider testing a prototype design (like a PDF file), a competitor, or even a Google search.

Step 6. Select Tasks
Create the questions and tasks you'd like participants to complete during your test. You can also refer to our bank of popular tasks if you're not sure what tasks or questions to use.


Step 7. Written Questions
After participants finish recording their session, they'll see a pop-up questionnaire with 1 - 4 questions that require a written response. You can use the pre-populated questions that are included in every test or you can replace them with your own.


Step 8. Review and Launch Test
Review your test details before launching your test! Ensure that you have the correct URL listed and that your tasks/questions flow in a logical order.


Note: Only admin level members can launch and order tests.
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