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How do I configure the Settings for an assessment?

The Test & Quizzes tool offers a large selection of Settings that allow instructors to deliver an assessment or survey in a number of different ways.

Go to Tests & Quizzes.

Go to Tests & Quizzes.

Under the Working Copies tab, for the selected assessment, click Select Action / Settings.

Under the Working Copies tab, for the selected assessment, click Select Action / Settings.

This displays the Setting page for that assessment.

Click Open (or the arrow for a particular section of settings).

Click Open (or the arrow for a particular section of settings).
  • Clicking "Open" will expand all of the setting sections.
  • Clicking "Close" will collapse all of the setting sections.
  • Clicking the small arrow next to each section to expand/collapse that section.

Assessment Introduction Section:

Assessment Introduction Section:
  1. Change the title of your assessment if desired, and add additional authors' names.
  2. Optionally, add a description.  Anything you enter into the description field will be visible to students before they begin the assessment.  Notice that the Rich Text Editor is available in the description field.
  3. You can attach a file if you like.  The file could be a reference the students need to use during the test, or more detailed instructions on test taking requirements.

Delivery Dates Section:

Delivery Dates Section:

The delivery dates let you specify the availability window for your assessment.  You may enter the dates into the fields provided, or use the date-picker (calendar window) to select a date and time.

  1. The Available Date is the start date of the exam.  Students will not be able to see the assessment before this date.
  2. The Due Date is the end date for the exam.  Students will not be able to submit after this date unless you allow late submissions.  If late submissions are allowed, any submissions after the due date will be marked as late.
  3. The Retract Date is the closing date for the assessment.  Students will not be able to see the assessment after this date even if you allow late submissions.

When you retract an assessment, it remains under "Published Assessments", but moves from the "Active (testing in progress)" section to the "Inactive (no student access)" section. 

The Due dates represents when the assessment is due, but students will have access to their assessment feedback until the retract date.

If there is not a retract date a student will see the title of the test and depending on your feedback settings could go back and review their assessments.

The retract date removes the link to the assessment and by default will not allow students to review their test or re-submit

If you set up a due date, but will accept late submissions, then you need to set your retract date after the due date.  Plus, you need to modify the settings for Submissions to accept late submissions (See Submissions Section - Late Handling: below)

Tip: All of these Delivery Dates are optional. If you want an assessment to always be open, you may leave the date fields blank.

Assessment Released To Section:

Assessment Released To Section:

By default, the assessment will be released to the Students and Student Non-Registered roles in the site.

If your site has Groups (See: How do I create Groups?) and you would like the assessment released to a Group (or Groups) select the Selected Groups radio button. This will open a new panel to allow you to select a group (or groups).

If you would like the assessment to be released to Anonymous Users (users outside the current course), select the Anonymous Users radio button. If you release an assessment to anonymous users, you must distribute the assessment URL to participants; it will not be accessible from within your site's Tests & Quizzes tool.  The URL will be displayed when you publish the assessment.

High Security Section:

High Security Section:

You may want to provide additional security for your assessment.

  1. You may restrict the assessment so that only connections from certain IP addresses are allowed, such as the testing center on campus.  Enter one IP per line.  Asterisks may be used to stand for any single subnet.
  2. You may also specify an additional username and password for the assessment.  This information is typically provided to a proctor who enters the information for the student at the testing center.   Note: The username and password here are for this specific assessment, and NOT the instructor's or the student's login information.
  3. You may also specify that students use the Respondus Lockdown Browser to take the assessment.

The Respondus LockDown Browser is a customized browser that increases the security of assessment delivery in the Test & Quizzes assessment engine.

When students use the Respondus LockDown Browser to access an assessment, they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. Once an assessment is started, students are locked into it until it’s submitted for grading.

If the Respondus Browser is required for a Test/Quiz, the display of the assessment to students is marked " Requires Respondus LockDown Browser" To take the Test/Quiz students must download and install the Respondus LockDown Browser on their computer.

See "How do I download and install the Respondus Lockdown Browser?"

Timed Assessment Section:

Timed Assessment Section:

If you would like your assessment to be timed, select the check box for Timed Assessment and select a Time Limit from the drop-down menus. When a student takes a timed assessment, a timer will be displayed on the student's assessment display. The assessment is automatically saved and submitted when the timer runs out.

Assessment Organization Section -  Navigation:

Assessment Organization Section -  Navigation:

Navigation controls how students proceed through the test.  The default is Random access where students can navigate through the test with Next and Previous buttons, as well as a Table of Contents.  You may change this to Linear access if you prefer, where students can only go forward using the Next button and cannot revisit earlier questions or access a Table of Contents to jump to a question.

Assessment Organization Section - Question Layout:

Assessment Organization Section - Question Layout:

You can control the presentation of the questions according to the options shown.  To display the entire assessment on a single Web page, allowing students to scroll through it, click the third choice.

Assessment Organization Section - Numbering:

Assessment Organization Section - Numbering:

Numbering can be either Continuous throughout the test, or can Restart for each part.  (For example, if you have multiple parts in the exam and the second part is for essay questions, you could have the numbering go back to 1 for the first essay question.)

Mark for Review:

Mark for Review:

If your assessment navigation is "random access" (not linear access) you can choose to add a "Mark for Review" feature. This adds a checkbox to each question that students can check and return to via a "Marked for Review" list. This feature is sometimes used if the assessment is very long and contains a large number of questions.

Submissions Section - Number of Submissions.

Submissions Section - Number of Submissions.

Enter the number of times students are allowed to submit the assessment, or choose Unlimited to let them submit as many times as they like.  

Tip: Unlimited submissions are often used for self-assessment, practice tests, or drills.

Submissions Section - Late Handling:

Submissions Section - Late Handling:

Choose whether or not you will accept late submissions.  

If you Do NOT ALLOW late submissions, students will not be able to submit the assessment after the due date (if you selected a Due Date)

If you ALLOW late submissions, students will be able to submit the assessment until the Retract date (if you selected a Retract Date). Any assessments submitted after the due date are marked as late.

Note: If you allow multiple submissions, only one late submission is allowed after the due date, and it only applies to students who have not submitted at all.

Submission Message Section:

Submission Message Section:

You can add a submission message, which is displayed to the student when they submit the assessment. As an alternative you can automatically direct the student's display to a web page by adding a URL in the URL box. The Validate URL button allows you to preview this web page.

Feedback Section:

Feedback Section:

Feedback controls if and when students are able see their submission results.  

For Feedback Authoring, the default option is Question-Level Feedback.  This allows the instructor to author feedback at the question level.  You may also choose to display Selection-Level Feedback (i.e. feedback per answer choice), or Both.  

  • Immediate feedback is recommended for self-tests only, as it will display the answers immediately - PRIOR to the student submitting the assessment.
  • Feedback on submission displays feedback to students as soon as they submit the assessment.
  • No Feedback (the default setting) does not display any feedback to the student.
  • Feedback on a specific date releases assessment feedback upon the date and time specified.

You can also decide how much feedback you want to release to students.  

  • You can choose to Only Release Student's Assessment Scores so that they only see their grade on the assessment, not individual questions.  
  • Or, you can choose to Release Question and the following and then select the items that you want students to see from the list below.  Check the box next to any items you want students to see.  

Tip:  If you are concerned about students sharing their exam results with one another, you should choose either No Feedback or Feedback on a specific date.  For the latter, selecting a date after the closing date for the assessment will prevent students from sharing feedback with other students who have not yet taken the test.

Grading Section - Student's Identities:

Grading Section - Student's Identities:

The default setting here is Student identities can be seen by graders.  In most cases, you want to keep this setting,

If you are using the Tests & Quizzes tool to deliver a survey in your course or if you do not want those that are grading an essay portion of the assessment to see the student's name, you may want to make the submissions anonymous by selecting Anonymous grading only.

Note: This identity setting can be changed later (for instance, after all the grading is completed) by editing this setting on the published assessment.

Grading Section -  Gradebook Options:

Grading Section -  Gradebook Options:

Gradebook Options include None (the default) or Grades sent to Gradebook.  Select to send grades to gradebook if you want to be able to calculate them as part of the course grade.

Note: Selecting "Grades sent to Gradebook" will send the assessment scores immediatly to the Gradebook after a student submits the assessment, regardless of the feedback date.  A grade item (with the name of the assessment) is automatically created in the Gradebook when the assessment is published.

Grading Section - Recorded Score.

Grading Section - Recorded Score.

Recorded Score options include either the highest, last or the average score is submitted.  If you allow multiple attempts, select the type of score that you want to be recorded in the gradebook for that assessment.

Graphics Section:

Graphics Section:

You can choose a color or image for the background here.  To select the colors, click the palette icon.  The image is given by a URL.  An image smaller than the screen will be tiled for to cover the entire screen area.

Metadata Section:

Metadata Section:

You may add metadata to the assessment that may assist in searching or record keeping.

Click Save Settings.

Click Save Settings.

Save any changes yo have made to the Settings.

You may also continue on to Publish the assessment. See "How do I Publish an assessment?"

Additional Settings Notes:

Additional Settings Notes:

You can modify the settings, parts, and questions of any assessment listed under "Working Copies".

When you Publish an assessment, a copy is created and listed under "Published Copies" (either "Active", if they are currently available to students or "Inactive", if they are not currently available to students. For the Published copy, you can make changes to all the settings except "Assessment Released To".

Note: After you've published an assessment, if you modify the unpublished version under "Working Copies", you'll have to alter the assessment's name before republishing it.

When you publish it, you'll be creating another publication under "Published Copies", not replacing the existing published copy.

Also, if you modify the settings of an assessment while students are taking it, the changes will not affect testing sessions in progress. Students must exit the test and re-enter it in order to have the modified settings take effect.