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Testing on Tes: Search algorithm

Find out more about the current test on the search algorithm, as part of a wider group of tests to improve the Tes Resources site for our users

Testing on Tes

Here at Tes Resources, we are always striving to make the site as effective and efficient as it can be for our users, so that they can quickly find the resources they need to teach great lessons. It's exciting to think about future changes to the site but in order to explore what is the best next step, we have to test a few variants and let the data tell us which is the most successful.  We would only ever implement a permanent change if we find a new way of doing something that is significantly better than the original. 

We know that change makes most people uneasy, so we're keen to share what we are working on and let you know when we have winning variants that will be changed permanently.

What does this test focus on? 

To encourage more successful search results on Tes Resources while maintaining, and hopefully building upon, current conversion rates, we wanted this test to focus on improving the algorithm to ensure it is surfacing relevant content.

As search algorithms are commercially sensitive, we are unable to share the details of these changes.

What does it mean in practice? 

As well as keeping a control version, which will work as the search algorithm does at the moment, we are testing three other variations. You are likely to only see one of these when you are looking at the site. We keep a very close eye on the tests as they run to make sure that nothing dramatic is happening.

When will we know the results? 

This first stage of this test ran from 20 November to 7 December. A revised version of this test ran from 21 January to 4 February. During this time, the data did not provide a clear winner so the control version will remain.