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Creating testing objectives and tasks

One of the most important steps when planning your usability testing is to create test objectives, develop tasks you want participants to perform, and design task scenarios.

Creating test objectives

Create test objectives you want participants to accomplish.  Try to write objectives in as concrete and measurable terms as possible.

Commonly used objectives include:

Developing tasks

Once the test objectives are created, develop specific tasks you want the participants to perform such as:

Next, develop specific criteria that define success. For example:

Designing task scenarios

You can also provide test participants with scenario(s) of explicit tasks you want them to perform.
For example:

See an example task scenario

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