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Test and Survey Options

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13:30, 28 Feb 2013

Test and survey options allow you to edit the name and description of a test or survey. Options control the availability, presentation, and feedback for an assessment. These options are available only after an assessment is added to a content area. Tests added to a content area are said to be "deployed."

To edit options for a deployed test or survey, access a test or survey's contextual menu and select Edit the Test Options or Edit the Survey Options.

Editing Test or Survey Availability

Test and survey availability is set after you add the assessment to a content area. Availability is managed on the Options page. When an assessment is unavailable, it is deployed to a content area but a link does not appear to students. Unavailable tests can be seen by instructors and course builders when Edit Mode is ON. To learn more, see Edit Mode.

The following table provides descriptions of the test and survey availability options.

Test and Survey Availability Options
Option Description
Make the Link Available Select Yes to make a link to the assessment appear to students. If you select No, it will not appear to students. You can set this to available, and then use the Display After and Display Until fields to limit the amount of time the link to the assessment appears.
Add a New Announcement for this Test/Survey Select Yes to create an announcement for the test or survey. The announcement will include the date and state, "An assessment has been made available in [Course area that includes the link to the Assessment]". This announcement will appear in the course announcements as well as the My Course and My Announcements modules.

If an announcement has previously been posted using this feature, the date and time of the most recent announcement will be displayed.

Multiple Attempts This option allows students to take the assessment multiple times. The status of multiple attempts is displayed to students at the top of the assessment. Select Allow Unlimited Attempts for students to take the assessment as many times as they wish. Select Number of Attempts and enter a numeral to indicate a specific number of attempts that is allowed.

If you allow multiple attempts for a test, the most recent graded attempt's score appears in the Grade Center and shows to students in My Grades by default. To change the attempt used for the score, go to the Grade Center and access test's column header contextual menu. Select Edit Column Information and select from the options in the Score Attempts Using drop-down list.

Force Completion Students must complete the assessment the first time it is launched if Force Completion is selected. Students may not exit the assessment and continue working on it at a later date. The Save function is available for students to save the assessment as they work through it, but they may not exit and re-enter the assessment. If you enable the Force Completion option, it is noted and explained to students at the top of the assessment. If you do not enable Force Completion, students may save their progress and complete the assessment at another time.
Set Timer Select this check box to set a time limit for finishing the assessment. Enter the amount of time to allow for the test or survey in the hours and minutes boxes. The time elapsed appears to the student during the assessment.  A one-minute warning appears as students approach the time limit.

Selecting this option also records completion time, available in the Test Information section when the attempt is complete.

If students save and exit the assessment, the timer continues. For example, if they begin the test on Tuesday, save and exit it, then complete it on Thursday, the student's completion time will be 48 hours.

If you set a timer, turning on Auto-Submit will save and submit the assessment automatically when time expires. When set to off, students have the option to continue after time expires.

Display After Optionally, select the date and time when the test or survey becomes available to students. You can also control availability through the Make the Link Available option without setting specific dates.
Display Until Optionally, select the date and time the test will be made unavailable to students.
Password Select this check box to require a password for students to access the assessment. If selected, enter a password in the field below. Passwords cannot be longer than 15 characters and are case sensitive.

About Unavailable Tests and Surveys

There is a difference between unavailable and deleted assessments.

  • Deleted assessments have been deleted from a course. Deleting an assessment is irreversible.
  • Unavailable assessments are deployed to a content area, but a link does not appear to students. You can access assessments through the Control Panel > Course Tools > Tests, Surveys, and Pools.

You manage assessment availability on the Test Options or Survey Options page. Assessment availability is limited to a specific time period by setting the Display After and Display Until dates and times. If the link to an assessment is available, but neither date is set, the assessment is immediately and always available.

Using the Self-Assessment Options

By default, a deployed test is included in Grade Center calculations. However, sometimes you may want to allow students to take tests for review or practice without impacting Grade Center calculations.

You can turn the test into a self-assessment by hiding students’ scores in the Grade Center. This allows students to take tests to reinforce learning without feeling pressure about a score affecting their total grades. Select all of the options in the Test Feedback section so students are able to see how they did. If you select all options, students will see the answers they selected and which ones are correct.

Self-Assessment Options
Option Description
Include this Test in Grade Center Score Calculations Select this option to include this test in Grade Center calculations. If the test is not included, the score does not affect any Grade Center calculations.
Hide Results for this Test Completely from Instructor and the Grade Center Select this option to hide this test score from you and exclude it from Grade Center calculations. The display in the Grade Center will read Complete/Incomplete and N/A or zero appears on the Grade Details page. You cannot see the student's answers to questions. Students are able to view their own scores.

Selecting this option makes Include this Column in Other Grade Center Calculations and Show Statistics (average and median) for this Column to Students in My Grades unavailable when editing column information in the Grade Center.

Editing Test Feedback

When you deploy a test, four options for test feedback appear on the Test Options page. The feedback options determine the type of results users receive after a test is submitted. You can select one or more options. If you are using the test as a self-assessment, selecting all of the feedback options will give students the most information to help them improve.

Test Feedback Options
Feedback Mode Description
Score Present the final score to students.
Submitted Answers Present the student’s answers.
Correct answers Present the correct answers to the questions.
Feedback Present the question feedback to the student.

If students are taking the test at different times, you can choose to make a limited amount of feedback available until all students have completed the test.

For example, you can choose to present only the Score when you first deploy the test. After all students have taken the test, edit the test options to show Submitted Answers, Correct Answers, and Feedback. You can create an announcement to notify students that additional feedback is available. Students can return to the test to view the additional feedback.

Editing Survey Feedback

When you deploy a survey, two feedback options appear on the Survey Options page. The survey feedback options determine the type of results students receive after a survey is submitted. You can select one or both options.

Feedback Mode
Feedback Mode Description
Status Students see whether the survey is complete or incomplete.
Submitted Answers Students see the answers they submitted.

Editing Test Presentation

The following table describes the options for presenting questions on tests and surveys.

Question Options
Option Description
All at Once Present the entire assessment on one screen. Students scroll through all the questions and can move up and down from question to question. When selected, you may not select Prohibit Backtracking.
One at a Time Displays one question at a time. The screen includes navigation tools to move between questions. The Submit function only appears on the last page of the assessment. You may also select Prohibit Backtracking and Randomize Questions.
Prohibit Backtracking Prevents students from going back to questions they have already answered. If you do not allow backtracking, questions are presented one at a time and the <<, <, and >> functions do not appear to users during the test or survey.
Randomize Questions Display questions in a random order each time the assessment is taken. If you have included references to the question numbers as they appear on the Test Canvas, do not use this option because the random order will change question numbering.

Related Tutorials    video  Setting Test Options (Flash video | 2m 35s)

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