Members can request dinghy tests via the self-evaluation system on the website (for Novice and Junior ratings only at this time). Instructors can also recommend their students for these tests, and this helps testers decide how to allocate their testing slots for requested tests.
Note that you must have a Dinghy Junior rating in order to recommend students for tests.
What the student has to do in order for you to recommend them
The student has to have requested a test via the self-evaluation system.You should encourage your students to use this system so they can see in detail what the test will involve. You might want to check it out yourself here so you can see what your students will need to do (you have to be logged in to use the link). Click on a test to see the self-evaluation form for that test. The data is private until the member answers the question "Are you ready for the test" as Yes, which triggers a request to be posted on the testers' bulletin board and the self-evaluation form to be visible to testers.
How you recommend a student
You look up their digital White Card. Login to the site and go to Membership->White Card or use this link. You can lookup the student using their member ID or by searching on a part of their name or email. For example, to lookup a member we use for testing the website, John Bongiovanni Test, you might enter bong in the search area
Enter or click Search to see a list of matches (if there is only one match, it will take you directly to the matched member's White Card).
Click on the Name to go to that member's White Card. Scroll down to the beginning of the Tests section, and you should see a link to click on to recommend the member for a test.
If you do not see this link, it's either because the member has not requested a test or you do not have access to recommend them (i.e, you're not a Dinghy Junior).
Click on the link, and you'll see this.
You can enter comments if you like, but they're optional. Click on Submit Recommendation and you're done.
You can only recommend a student once for a test. If you try to do it again, you'll get an error message to that effect.