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Create a test

Tests are always available to instructors but anonymously submitted surveys aren't supported at this time.

You can create tests alongside the other content students need as they prepare. On the Course Content page, select the plus sign wherever you want to add a test. In the menu, select Create to open the Create Item panel and select Test. The New Test page opens.

Feel free to experiment! Students can't see what you add until you make your tests visible.

More on how to edit an existing test

The Create option from the add content button opens up a create item menu.

You can also expand or create a folder or learning module and add a test.

When you create a test, a gradebook item is created automatically. A test's score consists of the sum total of all the questions' points.

After you post test grades, students can view their scores on their grades pages or in the activity stream. They can also access a test, associated rubrics, their submissions, your feedback, and their grades from the test link on the Course Content page.

Watch a video about creating tests

The following narrated video provides a visual and auditory representation of some of the information included on this page. For a detailed description of what is portrayed in the video, open the video on YouTube, navigate to More actions, and select Open transcript.

Video: Create a test explains how to create a test and add questions. You'll also learn how to make the test available to students.

About the New Test page

Provide a descriptive title so students can easily find the test among your course content. On the Course Content page, the title appears as the link students select to view the materials. If you don't add a title, "New Test" and the date appear in the content list. If you don't add content, the test won't appear on the Course Content page.

This is how a test creation workflow looks like.

Add questions and more. Select the plus sign to open the menu and make a selection. You can choose a question type, add a question pool, or reuse questions and content from existing assessments. You can also add files and text, such as instructions for the test. You can also add files from cloud storage, such as OneDrive® and Google Drive™. You can't enable parallel grading on a test with questions.

More on adding questions

More on adding question pools

More on reusing questions and assessment content

Add additional content. Once you've added a question to a test, you can choose if you want students to add additional content, like text, supporting files or attachments. By default, this feature is turned on for your test. Toggle this feature off if you don't want students to add additional content. 

Test content page with additional content from students at the end of assessment turned on. You can turn off this function at any time.

Show or hide the test. Students can't see a test until you choose to show it. You can create all your content ahead of time and choose what you want students to see based on your schedule. You can also set availability conditions based on date, time, and performance on other items in the course gradebook. On the Course Content page, students can see when you set the test to show.

Apply test settings. Select the Settings icon to open the panel where you provide the test's details and information.

Provide a due date. Due dates appear on the calendar and in the activity stream. Late submissions appear with a Late label in the course gradebook. Encourage students to review what’s due now and what’s ahead so they can ask questions as soon as possible.

Prohibit late submissions: Enforce a hard deadline and prevent a late submission. In-progress and saved attempts will auto-submit at the due date. Students will receive a submission receipt email. Specified accommodations are still honored.

If students have submitted attempts, you cannot change the due date to a date in the past. If the due date has passed, you can't select the Prohibit late submission setting.

Prohibit new attempts after due date: Prevent students from beginning a new attempt after the due date.

View accommodations. You can set accommodations for students and make them exempt from certain course requirements, such as test due dates and time limits. To select accommodations, go to the Roster and access the student's menu. The number of accommodations you've made appears on the test page in the Test Settings section.

More on accommodations

Add a time limit. A time limit can keep students on track and focused on the test because each person has a limited amount of time to submit. The test attempts are saved and submitted automatically when time is up. You can also allow students to work past the time limit. At this time, you can't add a time limit to group tests.

Allow class conversations. If you allow class conversations, students can discuss the test with you and their classmates while the test is available. Students can contribute to the conversation before, during, and after the test. As the conversation develops, it appears only with the relevant test.

More on conversations

Collect submissions offline. You may want to grade student work that doesn’t require students to upload a submission. For example, you can add grades to your gradebook for oral presentations, science fair projects, acting performances, and artwork delivered in person.

More on collecting submissions offline

Randomize questions and answers. You can randomize questions and their answers to support practice/drilling activities and help students avoid academic dishonesty. You can use one or both settings so tests appear differently for each student. You can't randomize questions in a test with text blocks or attachments.

You can only randomize answers for Matching and Multiple Choice questions. If you want to randomize answers for True/False questions, use the Multiple Choice question type with True and False answer choices.

Questions appear in order to you but are randomized for students. To prevent confusion, don't add numbers to reference other questions within the test.

More on randomizing questions and answers

Change the grade category. You can change the test's grade category to be part of one of the custom gradebook categories you set up in your course. You can create new categories to customize how coursework is grouped in your course. You can use the default and custom categories when you set up the overall grade.

Determine the number of attempts. You can let your students submit more than one attempt at a test. When you allow multiple attempts, you can also choose how the final grade is calculated. At this time, you can't allow multiple attempts on a group test.

Select the grading schema. From the Grade using menu, select an existing grading schema such as Points. A test's score consists of the sum total of all the questions' points. You can change the grading schema at any time and the change will show to students and in your gradebook.

If you create a test that only consists of text blocks, you can manually set the maximum score.

Enable anonymous grading. When you create a test without questions, you can enable anonymous grading so student names are hidden while you grade. You may only add text and files to anonymously graded tests.

More on anonymous grading

Show assessment results. Select the Show correct answers check box to allow students to see the correct answers to automatically scored questions after they submit.

More on showing correct answers

Enable automated feedback. Provide feedback to students that's released automatically based on your settings.

More on automated feedback

Add an access code. You can issue an access code to control when students and groups take a test. At this time, access codes are generated randomly by the system. You can't customize the access codes.

More on access codes

Enable parallel grading. You can enable parallel grading and assign graders when you create a test without questions. You can also enable parallel grading even after students make submissions. The system randomly assigns graders you choose so each student has two graders for the test. The grading workload is distributed evenly among the graders. Graders can only open the submissions for the students assigned to them. Instructors or reconcilers determine the final grades for students.

More on parallel grading

Add a rubric. Rubrics can help you evaluate student submissions based on key criteria that you define. In Test Settings, you can create a new rubric or associate a rubric that you've already created in your course. At this time, you can only add a rubric to a test without questions.

Add goals and standards. You can align a test to one or multiple goals. You and your institution can use goals to measure student achievement across programs and curriculums. You can also align individual test questions to goals.

Make a group test. You can create a test for groups of students. By default, you assign a grade to each group as a whole, but you can change a group member's individual grade.

Group tests are set up the same as group assignments.

Enable SafeAssign. You can use SafeAssign to check for potential plagiarism in student submissions. You can enable the SafeAssign Originality Report any time, even after students have started their submissions, but submissions are only checked when SafeAssign is enabled.

Add an optional description. The description appears with the test title on the Course Content page. You can ask students to upload files to the end of their tests. For example, you might ask them to provide citations for essay questions, include lab work, or prepare content ahead of the test.

Add questions to a test

When you create a new test, select the plus sign to open the menu and select a question type. You can also reuse questions and content from existing assessments. If you add questions to a test, you can't enable anonymous or parallel grading.

This is how the expanded Add question type menu looks like when you’re creating a new test.

The Test Content area opens where you type the question and answer choices if required, such as for Multiple Choice questions. Questions have a default value of 10 points. Select the Points box to type a new value.

Expanded Insert menu and points value for question number one in a test.

More on the question types you can add

You can use the options in the editor to format the text.

To use your keyboard to jump to the editor toolbar, press ALT + F10. On a Mac, press Fn + ALT + F10. Use the arrow keys to select an option, such as a numbered list.

To help keep your test content organized, you can add files within individual questions. Make a selection from the editor's Insert Content menu, such as Insert from Cloud Storage.

More on adding files and text blocks

More on editing and deleting questions

Align questions to goals

You can align goals with individual assessment questions to help your institution measure achievement. After you make the assessment available, students can view information for the goals you align with questions so they know your expectations.

Access a question's menu, select Align with goal, and select goals.

More on how to align goals with course content

Top right hand side corner menu highlighted to edit, align with goal or delete a question.

Add files and text blocks to tests

Edit a test. Select the plus sign to open the menu wherever you want to add questions, text, or a file. You can add as many text blocks and files as you want.

The assignment space is open with 1) a True/False question created, 2) an Essay question created, and 3) the plus sign clicked and the "Add text" option selected.

Add text blocks. Select Add text to open the editor. You can include instructions for a section of the test or introductory text for an audio file or image. You can also paste text from a Word doc.

You can also use the editor to embed images and attach files along with your text.

If you create a test that only includes text blocks, you can manually change the Maximum score in the Test Settings panel. For example, you may want students to upload submissions or use the freeform text fields.

Add files. Select Add local file to browse for files on your computer. Your institution controls the maximum size of a file that you can upload. You can't add a folder of files.

Add file from Cloud Storage: You can instantly connect to multiple web apps where you store files, such as OneDrive. The files you add are copies. If you make a change to a file in cloud storage, you need to upload a new copy in your course. If your browser allows, media files you add from cloud storage display inline.

More on cloud storage

Media file viewing options

Media file viewing options

If your browser allows, media files you add to assessments display inline by default. If your browser can't display a media file inline, it appears as an attachment. Files you add from cloud storage behave in the same way.

Images that display inline are embedded in a 768-pixel block at the biggest breakpoints. The closer to that size the images are, the less padding appears around them.

Access a media file's menu and select Edit.

To edit the file's alternative text or display behavior, select the file in the editor and then select the Edit Attachment icon.

In the Edit File Attributes window, you can choose how your video, audio, or image file appears in the assessment: inline or as an attachment. For example, you can display extremely large files as attachments that students can download. You can edit the file names for files displayed as attachments.

You can also add alternative text to describe images you add. Alternative text describes the image for people who use screen readers or visit web pages with images turned off.

For video and audio files that appear inline, students have controls for play, pause, and volume control. For video files, students can view the video in full screen.

View media files as attachments

For media files that appear as attachments, students access the menu and select Preview File or Download Original File. Instructors have the additional options of move, edit, and delete.

More on editing files within questions

Reorder questions, text, and files in a test

Questions are numbered automatically in the order you add them. The question numbers update when you reorder. Before students open the test, you can reorder the elements of your test.

Edit a test. Point to a test item to access the Move icon. Press and drag the question, text block, or file to a new location.

Reorder icon right below the menu on the top right-hand corner.

You can use your keyboard to move an item.

  1. Tab to an item's Move icon.
  2. Press Enter to activate move mode.
  3. Use the arrow keys to choose a location.
  4. Press Enter to drop the item in the new location.

What do students see in tests?

If no time limit exists, students can view a test and they don't have to submit it. When students select View assessment, they can just view the test or add some work. Students can select Save and Close in the panel and return later. Their work is saved. Students can select View assessment to resume working or Submit when they've finished.

Students can take a test by clicking on this icon.

If you added a time limit, students see Start attempt instead of View assessment.

The time limit appears alongside other test details on the Course Content page. Students also see the time limit on the test's Details & Information panel and within the test as they work.

Students can see a test's time limit and the time remaining for the test to end.

When students select Start attempt, they'll receive a pop-up window. They must start the timer before they can access the test. If they're not ready to start, they can select Cancel. After they start, the test auto-submits when time is up.

If you allowed students to submit multiple attempts, the time limit applies to each attempt.

Start the timer pop-up window with options to cancel timer or start timer.

More on the student workflow

Tests and the activity stream

When you create a test and make it visible to students, they're notified in their activity streams.

Test notification in a student's activity stream.

After you post test grades, students can select View your grade to display their grades. Any feedback you provide appears after the test title.

Students can view their grade by clicking on View my grade on their activity stream.

You'll see an alert in the stream when you have submissions to grade. Select the test title to begin grading on the test submissions page.

A submitted test is ready for grading in the activity stream.

More on the activity stream