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Creating Tests and Surveys

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After you build a test or survey, you create questions or add existing questions from tests, surveys, and pools. Then, you deploy the test or survey in a course area, such as a content area, learning module, lesson plan, or folder.

About Question Settings

On the Test Canvas, click Question Settings on the action bar to change settings for different aspects of a test or survey. Question settings include options for the following:

  • Enabling the feedback option for questions.
  • Adding images, files, or web links to questions and answers.
  • Adding metadata to questions.
  • Determining default point values for questions in tests.
  • Designating questions as extra credit, and enabling negative and partial credit scoring.
  • Specifying display options, such as numbering options for answers.

To learn more, see Changing Question Settings.

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How to Build a Test or Survey and Add New Questions

Use the following steps to create a test and begin adding questions to it.

  1. On the Control Panel, expand the Course Tools section and select Tests, Surveys, and Pools.
  2. On the Tests, Surveys, and Pools page, select Tests.
  3. On the Tests page, click Build Test on the action bar.
  4. On the Test Information page, type a name, and optional description and instructions.
  5. Click Submit.
  6. On the Test Canvas, point to Create Question on the action bar to access the drop-down list.
  7. Select a question type.
  8. On the Create/Edit page, provide the necessary information to create a question.
  9. Click Submit.

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    You can add new questions exactly where you want them on the Test Canvas. Click the plus sign before or after another question and choose a question type.

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  10. On the Test Canvas, you can change a question's point value.
    1. Click a question's current point value.
    2. In the Update Points pop-up box, edit the points.
    3. Click Submit.
  11. Repeat Step 7 through Step 11 to add more questions.
  12. Click OK. The test is added to the list on the Tests page and is ready to deploy in a course area.

You create surveys in the same way. Points are not assigned to survey questions.

  1. On the Control Panel, expand the Course Tools section and select Tests, Surveys, and Pools.
  2. On the Tests, Surveys, and Pools page, select Surveys.
  3. On the Surveys page, click Build Survey on the action bar.
  4. On the Survey Information page, type a name, and optional description and instructions.
  5. Click Submit.
  6. On the Survey Canvas, point to Create Question on the action bar to access the drop-down list.
  7. Select a question type.
  8. On the Create/Edit page, provide the necessary information to create a survey question.
  9. Click Submit.
  10. Repeat Step 7 through Step 10 to add more questions.
  11. Click OK. The survey is added to the list on the Surveys page and is ready to deploy in a course  area.

Reordering Questions

By default, when you create new questions using the Create Question drop-down list, they are added to the end of the test. Reorder questions using the drag-and-drop function or the keyboard accessible reordering tool.

Changing question order only affects new test attempts, assuming the test is not set to display questions in random order. Attempts already submitted retain the order as originally viewed when the test was taken.

Questions are numbered automatically in the order they are added, and the question numbers update when items are reordered or randomized. Therefore, use caution when referring to specific question numbers in the questions' text.

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