A tree test is a usability study technique where users are given a task, that is typical to the website, and using only menus and submenus (no content or homepage) navigate to where they believe the answer would be.
A tree test is designed to tell the web designers if the new proposed navigation is getting users from point A to point B. There may be multiple paths to get from point A to point B and every path is neither right nor wrong.
Without the input of users, web designers would be assuming a lot and could potentially create a website that makes sense to them and no one else. A tree test helps determine if new vocabulary and menu options are directing people to the information they need.
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The tree test activity contains five tasks to complete, with feedback questions. The activity should take approximately fifteen minutes.
First, you sign up with your name, email and classification (faculty/staff, undergraduate student, graduate student). To sign up: https://longwood.libwizard.com/f/treetestsignup
Then you will receive an email with the link to the tree test itself. You will need to complete the tree test before November 1.
If you are a winner of the drawing, you will be contacted and given instructions on how to pick up your prize!