How to Launch a Prototype Test

At a Glance

Start testing your prototypes today with these instructions on how to build and launch your test on the UserTesting Platform.


Step 1. Log in to Your Dashboard

Step 2. Create a New Study

Step 3. Select the Type of Study You'd Like to Conduct

Step 4. Choose Your Audience

Step 5. Build Test Plan

Step 6. Review and Launch Your Test


The following steps will help you effectively launch a prototype study.

Step 1. Log in to Your Dashboard

Log in to your dashboard.

Step 2. Create a New Study

Select the Create test dropdown from your dashboard, then select Create a test to create a brand new study.


You can also create a test using the Customize a template option as well. You can learn more about templates here.  

Step 3. Select the Type of Study You'd Like to Conduct

In this case, we want to study a prototype, so select Prototype.

We support many different prototyping tools, such as InVision and Azure.

Step 4. Choose Your Audience

Click Build audience to test with people from our networks or your own. You can also use create a link to share with anyone outside of the UserTesting Platform (Invite Network). In this example, we'll select Build audience.


When you arrive on the overview page, you have the option to start building your audience or to get started creating your test plan. We'll choose Select Audience first. You can use any saved audiences or create from scratch. To learn more about building an audience please review Targeting Your Audience

Step 5. Build Test Plan

Once you have returned to the overview page, select Build test plan to get started on test creation. 


For the starting URL, you have a couple of options:

  • Enter the URL to your prototype (if using a prototyping tool, ensure it is a publicly accessible link, so contributors can see your prototype)
  • Upload your prototype to be securely hosted by UserTesting (if this feature is available on your account)
  • Start with A blank page and include a link to your prototype via the URL asset at the appropriate point in your test.

If you are using a prototyping tool you can point directly to the public link provided in your tool. For some tools, like InVision or Azure, you can export your prototype as a .zip file and upload it into the test plan (export your InVision prototype | export your Azure prototypes).


  • Tip: Add your URL, present tasks and follow-up questions (such as rating confidence that they completed the task correctly), then add another URL before the next set of tasks. This ensures the contributor is at the “correct” page to start the next task, regardless of where they ended the previous task. 
  • Tip: Some prototyping tools allow you to set a password to control access. If you have a password set on your prototype and are sharing the URL, follow the URL Asset step in the test with a task that provides the password for the contributor to enter, then the other tasks you want them to complete.

Then, select the elements that you want to include by dragging them into your Test plan from the right sidebar. The URL of your prototype can also be added to your test plan anywhere in your test.




Once you are done creating your test plan, click the Done button to return to the overview page.


Step 6. Preview and Launch Your Test

The overview page should now display your audience targeting as well as the test plan. Review the information and remember to give your test a name. When you are satisfied, click the Launch Test button. We recommend launching the test to one contributor first, as a pilot. Once the pilot is complete and you know contributors are able to access your prototype and provide the feedback you need, add more contributors to your test.


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