Test Question Filtering - 3900.39

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Impact: Students

Test-taking anxiety is real. We want students' experiences taking tests to be as worry free as possible. To support students well, we are introducing

  • a question filter,
  • an unanswered question warning, and
  • a choice to hide the timer on timed tests.

The question filter supports common test taking strategies. For example, students may complete questions they know first and skip harder ones. The filter enables students to quickly return to skipped questions. Students may also use the filter to find essay questions.

Image 1. Question filter options

Test Question Filters

If a student submits a test with unanswered questions, a warning will alert the student. The alert shows the number of unanswered questions. The student may choose to submit the test or keep working. If the student chooses to keep working, the unanswered questions filter auto applies. The unanswered questions display automatically.

Image 2. Unanswered question warning.

Warning for students to let them know when a question in a test hasn't been answered before submission

In response to student feedback, students may now choose to hide the timer in timed tests. This may help to reduce pressure and anxiety during assessments. When students hide the timer, the timer icon stays visible. Students may view the remaining time as needed.

Image 3. Before we added the option to hide the timer.

Old timer appearance for questions with time limit

Image 4. Timer visible with choice to hide.

New timer with visibility control for students when answering tests with time limit

Image 5. Hidden timer with choice to unhide.

Hidden timer with visibility controls for students, when answering tests with time limit

Watch a video about test question filtering and timer

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Video: test question filtering and timer options shows how to filter test questions and set visibility to the timer.

Test question filtering for students video

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