How do I create and manage a test?

Tests and surveys are used to measure student knowledge, gauge progress, and gather information from students. You can create tests and surveys and then deploy them in a content area.
The difference between tests and surveys is test questions have points assigned to them for grading evaluation, whereas surveys do not.

Test Management Quick Tips: Task Instructions

Build a Test

Tests can be added to any content area.

  1. In a Content area select “Assessments” then “Test.”
  2. Click the “Create” button.
  3. Use “Create Question” to add questions to your test.
  4. Click “OK” in the lower right corner of the test canvas.
  5. Set your test options then press “Submit” to add the test to your content area.

Add a Question

Several types of questions (Multiple Choice, True/False, Essay) can be added to a test.

  1. Click the button next to your test and select “Edit the Test.”
  2. Hover over “Create Question” and select the type of question you want to add.
  3. Complete the required fields and click Submit.

Create Question Set

Question sets can be used to group questions and deliver a few questions from a pool.
(For example, deliver 5 questions from a set of 10.)

  1. Click the button next to your test and select “Edit Test.”
  2. On the Test Canvas page, hover over “Reuse Question” and select “Create Question Set.”
  3. On the Create Question Set page, search for questions using “Browse Criteria.”
  4. Select the questions to include in the test. Select the check box in the header row to select all questions.
  5. Review your selected questions.
  6. Click Submit.

Change Test Options

Test options are used to determine how a student experiences a test (Timer, Attempts, Availability etc.)

  1. Click “Edit the Test Options” next to the test title in a content area.
  2. Select or clear the check boxes to customize your test options.
  3. Click Submit.

Change the order of Test Questions

The order in which questions are delivered can be adjusted from the “Edit Test” canvas.

  1. Click and hold the arrows at the top left corner of the question box and drag and drop it to the correct position.

Edit a Question

Editing questions before a test is delivered simply updates the question.
If you update a question after students have taken it the tool will automatically re-grade all previous attempts.

  1. Click “Edit the Test” next to the title of your test.
  2. Click the down arrow button next to the question you would like to edit and select “Edit Question.”
  3. Change the whatever pieces of your questions you would like then press “Submit.”

Any previous attempts for this test will be re-graded to reflect your changes. Any future attempts will be delivered with the updated question.

Delete a Question

Delete with caution – once a question has been deleted it cannot always be retrieved!

  1. Click “Edit the Test” next to the title of your test.
  2. Click the down arrow button next to the question you want to delete and press “Delete.”

Reset Test Attempt

If a student loses power or internet connection during a test this could result in an incomplete test that needs to be reset.

  1. Click on the “Grade Center” link on your course menu then select “Full Grade Center.”
  2. Locate the column for the test/quiz in the Grade Center with the corresponding row with the student who needs to retake the test/quiz.
  3. Click the down arrow button next to their grade (if any.)
  4. Select “View Grade Details” from the drop down menu.
  5. Click on the “Clear Attempt” button. When prompted, click “OK” to clear the attempt.

Making Test Option Exceptions for Certain Students

This settings allows instructors to select one or more groups of students and make a number of exceptions to the already established availability settings. Instructors can use exceptions to provide an accommodation to a center for access and success student, or provide accommodations a student that needs to take a test outside late or outside the initial time frame.

  1. Click the down arrow button next to the title of the test, then choose “Edit Test Options”.
  2. Under “Test Availability Exceptions” click the “Add User or Group” button
  3. In the window that pops up with your roster on it check off the students who need extended time,
  4. Click “Submit”
  5. To the right of the students name(s) under “Test Exceptions” set any new timer, number of attempts, and/or other options that you want to apply for these students.
  6. Click “Submit” to save your options.

Setting Test Feedback Options

Step 6 of editing test options (Show Test Results and Feedback to Students) is to decide what feedback students will see on the test results page that appears after they submit a test.

  • After submission – choosing this option shows selected results to students once they complete the assessment.
  • One-time View – choosing this option shows selected results to students ONCE during their session. Once they view the results, they are not able to view them again unless another event is defined.
  • On Specific Date – choosing this option shows selected results to students after the defined date and time.
  • After Due Date – choosing this option shows selected results to students after the defined due date.
  • After Availability End Date – choosing this option shows selected results to students after the defined availability end date.
  • After Attempts are Graded – choosing this option shows results to students after the attempts have been graded for the class.
  • Score – Checking this box allows students to see the total score they received for the test.
  • All Answers – Checking this box allows students to see all possible answers (such as multiple choice options) that could have been selected for each question.
  • Correct – Checking this box allows students to see what the correct answer to the question was.
  • Submitted – Checking this box allows students to see what they submitted as their answer.
  • Feedback – Checking this box allows students to see any feedback that was entered on a question (see part two of this manual to learn more about question feedback.)
  • Show Incorrect Questions – Checking this box will make the graded test highlight which question the student answered incorrectly.

Video Tutorials

Please see the video tutorial below for a walk through of creating and managing tests in myCourses: