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Sam 2010 v2 0 assessment training projects

SAM 2010 v2.0: Assessment, Training & Projects

Student Getting Started Guide

Updated June 2011

Initial set up

Initial Set Up

Login page
Login Page

If you have a username/password: Enter your username and password in the appropriate fields, and click the Login button.

No username/password: Click the New User button; you will follow the on-screen prompts to create your SAM 2010 account.

Institution key

Your instructor will provide your Institution Key. It will contain 8 digits in this format T2xxxxxx.

The Citadel Institution Key is shown below


Institution Key

Once you have entered the institution key and click Submit, SAM will ask you to verify that you have selected the correct institution key for your institution. Select “OK” if this is correct.

Key code entry

We use the key code version of SAM 2010. Enter your key code here. This will be found inside the flap of the SAM 2010 package (card) you purchased with your textbooks. If you do NOT see this message, please proceed to the next screen.

Click Save to go to the next screen.

NOTE: This 18-digit code is case–sensitive.

Key Code Entry

User profile
User Profile

You need to create your SAM User Profile.

Enter your information in all of the required (*) fields, including a security question and answer that will be used if you forget your password. Usernames MUST be an email address. Also enter the numbers in your CWID as your WebCT ID.

Click Save when you’re done.

Profile confirmation

This screen confirms the information entered in the User Profile screen. If all information is accurate, click Confirm.

If it’s not correct, click Revise and go back to the prior screen to edit.

NOTE: If you have tried to enter a username which already exists within Cengage Learning, you will be prompted to confirm your password. (Next screen)

Profile Confirmation

Username already exists

If you have tried to enter a username which already exists within Cengage Learning, you will be prompted to confirm your password.

If you are unable to retrieve it by using the “Forgot your password?” link, you will need to create a new username to used within SAM 2010.

Username already exists

Terms conditions

The SAM within Cengage Learning, you will be prompted to confirm your password. TERMS and CONDITIONS will display. Read them fully, and then click the I Agree button to accept the terms and conditions and continue.

If you click I Disagree, SAM automatically exits.

Terms & Conditions

Home screen

You should now see the SAM within Cengage Learning, you will be prompted to confirm your password. Home screen, where you will begin each SAM session. If the necessary Flash Player (v10) is not yet installed on your computer, click the links under Software to install it.

(Check with your instructor first; this may already be done for you.)

Home Screen

Join a section

In order to see your SAM Assignments, you need to be enrolled in a Section (class).

From the Home screen, click the Join a Classlink. You can also click the Sectionsbutton (left navigation bar), then the Join a Section button.

To Join a Section, click the name of the section in the “All Sections” list on the left. Click the right arrow button to move it into “My Sections” and click Save.

Join a Section

Sam assignments

To begin your SAM Assignments, click My Assignments (from the Home tab) or SAM Assignments (left navigation). You can sort based on Assignment name, type of assignment (Exam, Training, or Project), due date, and more. Simply click on the column heading to re-sort the table.

Click on the name of the assignment (it should be a link) to get started.

SAM Assignments

Sam projects workflow
SAM Projects Workflow the Home tab) or SAM Assignments (left navigation). You can sort

Sam projects

After you click the link to the name of the SAM Projects assignment, you will want to download or save the Instructions& personalized Start Files to your desktop or other location (USB drive, MyDocuments, etc.)

SAM Projects

We will get to the submission information later.

Sample download 1
Sample Download #1: assignment, you will want to download or

Sample download 2

Some assignment, you will want to download or Start files will be completely blank (Word example) or partially completed (Excel example). Be sure to follow all of the steps in the instructions and Save your file once you’re completed.

Sample Download #2:

Submit for grading
Submit for grading assignment, you will want to download or

When you’ve completed your project and saved it one final time, you will revisit the SAM site and Browse for your file, then Submit it for auto-grading.

Graded file summary

This is an example of what the Downloaded File will assignment, you will want to download or include, after it’s graded.

*Go to Reports, then change the dropdown to Download Submitted Projects and click on the name of the Project to download. Exception: Access results available as Study Guide only.

Graded file—Summary

Graded file embedded comments not applicable for access
Graded file—embedded comments assignment, you will want to download or *not applicable for Access

This is an example of the project w/the embedded comments about what was performed incorrectly, with the specific step number to refer back to.

Sam exams

  • To begin a SAM exam, click the link from your SAM Assignments page.

  • Review your assignment details: (which may include)

  • Instructions

  • Time limit

  • # of chances at each question

  • # of retakes of entire exam

  • When you’re ready to begin your Exam, scroll down and click OK.

  • When you do, the exam window will launch.

SAM Exams

Exam interface

7 Assignments page.

Opened Task List






Exam interface


  • Show Task List, shown collapsed, (you can use this list to jump from task to task, in any order)

  • Task ID number

  • Question label with back and forward arrows to jump between tasks

  • Time remaining (if set by instructor)

  • Attempts remaining per question

  • Describes the task that the student must perform.

  • The “simulation” of the application where you will complete the task.

Student reports

Students visit Assignments page. Reports to see results on all types of assignments.

If you have also purchased SAM Training, you can launch Training activities, right from this Study Guide.

Student Reports

Sam training

SAM Training

Training interface

The first screen will always provide a written description of the task.

Along the bottom:

Observe- allows students to watch and listen how to perform a task

Practice- allows students to follow along with guided prompts to learn a skill

Apply- students perform actions, unprompted to prove that they know the skill

*You MUST complete the Apply and click Task Complete to receive credit for each task.

Just like in exams, you can show/hide the task list, move between questions w/arrows. Also use controls to replay, rewind, forward or pause the movies in progress.

Training interface

Still have questions

  • We now offer a “Getting Started with SAM” online training session to help you:

    • Create your user profile

    • Join a Section (class)

    • Complete your assignments

    • Run reports

  • Many different times/dates are offered to meet your busy schedule

  • Click here to register:

Still have questions?


You have now successfully logged into SAM training session to help you:2010, joined a section, and seen all different types of assignments!

Go to to complete your assignments.