Introduction

ACi-train
is an i-phone / i-pad app designed specifically for candidates for ACI - The Financial markets Association level 1 qualifications (ACI Dealing Certificate, ACI Operations Certificate and ACI Model Code). The ACi-train app permits candidates to revise for the ACI qualifications at their own pace, in their own time, even ‘on the move’ - making use of that otherwise wasted public transport commuting time using their i-phone or i-pad. There is a comprehensive library of testfiles covering all level 1 ACI examination topics. ACi-train testfiles comprising 15, 20 or 30 multiple choice ACI and ACI style theory and calculation questions are available to purchase from this website on an individual or a variety of discounted bases making the product a flexible and affordable training and revision product for the individual ACI candidate. All testfiles are delivered to purchasers direct to their i-phone / i-pad.

ACi-train screen displays

ACi-train - Title screen

Tap on the Title screen to access the ACi-train app Choices screen

ACi-train - Choices screen

The ACi-train Choices screen displays all currently available testfiles (scroll up and down to view all installed testfiles) and the ability to choose either of the two training modes - Learn and Test.

The Choices screen also permits access to the Settings screen (see below) and the Help function within which are links to Quick start information and a link to both the Multimedia TradeWind Limited website MMTW Help site - for details on the relevant ACI examination syllabuses, ACI formula sheet and other general information on ACI qualifications plus the all-important access to on-line purchase of ACi-train testfiles. There is also a link to the Phonetain.com technical Support site.

ACi-train - Settings screen

The ACi-train Settings screen displays choices such as Sound ON or OFF and the selection of Random order of display of questions in either Learn or Test mode plus the ability to set a time limit in minutes (between 5 and 60) in Test mode.

Getting started with ACi-train

The ACi-train app comes pre-loaded with two encrypted sample testfiles (DC_samplequest) containing 25 ACI Dealing Certificate sample questions and (OPS_samplequest) containing 20 ACI Operations Certificate sample questions. Open the ACi-train app and tap the Title screen to access the Choices screen. Here you will see a list of these two sample testfiles plus any others you have already purchased and synced with your i-phone / i-pad via i-tunes. Choose Learn or Test mode and tap on the title of a testfile - here we’ll assume you select the testfile (DC_samplequest).

ACi-train - Learn mode

If you selected Learn mode the Learn screen will appear showing the testfile title DC_samplequest - Learn displayed in the top menu bar. Depending on the Random order variable selected in Settings either Question 1 or another will be initially displayed. You will notice that the bottom menu bar contains the Hint and Next buttons together with the question number and the total questions available plus your progress through this testfile shown as a darker blue bar and percentage.

Read the question and the four available answers and either immediately make a selection. On tapping one of the four answers the system immediately responds with an appropriate sound (Settings variable) or tap the Hint button for assistance in making your decision. Note that for the sample questions no relevant Hint text is provided. For all other testfiles the Hint also includes a cross reference to the ACi-train accompanying text - available as an i-phone viewable pdf file via i-books or other pdf display utility. For calculation questions the Hint includes the appropriate formula detailing data elements required and the correct answer.

ACi-train - HINT screen

Tap the Hint screen to return to the question display. On selecting one of the four available answers the system immediately responds with an appropriate sound (Settings variable) and displays either a tick on a green background for correct answer selection or a cross on an orange background if incorrect - with the correct answer being indicated with a tick on a light blue background. At this time you may still access the Hint text to confirm a learning point. Tapping on the Next button takes you through the testfile questions or tapping on Cancel returns you to the Choices screen.

Testfiles comprise 15, 20 or 30 multiple choice questions and on completion of any test a message advises that any questions incorrectly answered will be re-presented. You have an opportunity to review incorrectly answered questions, access the Hint text and attempt to answer each question again. The session ends when all questions have been re-presented with a closing screen displaying an ACI qualification certificate suggesting you might now like to attempt the testfile in Test mode.

ACi-train - Test mode

If you selected Test mode the Test screen will appear showing the testfile title DC_samplequest - Test displayed in the top menu bar. Depending on the Random order variable selected in Settings either Question 1 or another will be initially displayed. The Test screen is the closest you can get to “examination conditions” so no Hint facility is available. You will notice that the top menu bar contains the usual Cancel button (to return to the Choices screen) and a Done button (to end the test) and the bottom menu bar contains the navigation buttons Previous and Next together with the question number, the total questions available in black and, if you have set a time limit (Settings variable), the time remaining (counting down).

Read the question and the four available answers and make a selection. On tapping one of the four answers the system immediately responds with an appropriate sound (Settings variable) and a tick on a light blue background indicating your answer selection. There is no confirmation of the correctness of your answer at this point. You do not need to answer the question at this point in time. As in the examination proper you may Pass on any question - by selecting Next without answering the question. To indicate that there are unanswered questions the progress display (the question number and the total questions available) changes to red

Tapping on the Previous or Next button allows you to navigate through the testfile questions or tapping on Cancel returns you to the Choices screen. Selecting the Done button in the top menu bar immediately ends this Test session and takes you to the Results screen. Note: Right up until the moment of selecting Done you can go back through the testfile questions (tapping on Prev or Done) and amend any answer. However, if you have set a time limit ( Settings variable) once this limit has been reached the app takes you to the Results screen and no further navigation is possible.

ACi-train - Results screen

The ACi-train Results screen gives instant feedback on the Test just attempted and comprises a Learning curve graph portraying your past performances / progress so far (testfile by testfile). Note: The performance graph can be reset to zero at any time using the Reset button.

Below the graph is displayed the result of your latest Test showing total Correct and Incorrect answers achieved and their percentages with assessment feedback shown as correct 0-39% = POOR, 40-59% = SATISFACTORY, 60-79% = GOOD and 80-100% EXCELLENT. The screen also shows the Topic number in the relevant ACI examination and the marks required to Pass (following ACI official topic by topic marking methodology - See syllabus).

In the bottom menu bar of the Results screen there is a button labelled Review incorrectly answered questions. This gives you the ability to review all incorrectly answered questions enabling you to learn from your mistakes and understand where you went wrong. You can navigate through the testfile using the Previous and Next buttons tapping Cancel at any time to return to the Choices screen. Alternatively the other button in the bottom menu bar OK immediately returns you to the Choices screen.

ACi-train - i-phone/i-pad functionality

Much of the standard i-phone / i-pad functionality is available in the ACi-train app.

For ease of use on the i-pad the X2 button can be used to increase the size of the ACi-train app display to fill the i-pad screen area.

Selecting the ACi-train icon to access the app. Tapping the title screen takes you to the ACi-train app Choices screen.

In the Choices screen a sideways swipe (left to right) invokes the Delete button. Select this to delete any testfile.

In both Learn and Test mode, questions may be longer than the visible question area of the screen. You can invoke scrolling by swiping the question area vertically.

In both Learn and Test mode, double clicking the i-phone/i-pad Home button displays icons of other installed apps at the foot of the screen - a sideways swipe scrolls through all installed apps. This is particularly useful enabling the user to switch between the ACi-train app and a calculator (there are numerous calculators available from the Apple apps store) or the accompanying text (I-books or pdf viewer required). For IoS4 and above utilising this functionality retains the ACi-train app open at the point of exit, meaning calculations can be effected whilst navigating back and forth to the ACi-train app when attempting calculation questions.

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