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Test and Survey Options

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10:09, 20 Mar 2014

Test and survey options allow instructors to edit the name and description of a test or survey. Options control the availability, presentation, and feedback. These options are available only after a test or survey is added to a content area. When instructors add a test or survey to a content area, it is "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 Options

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

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

Test and Survey Availability and Feedback Options
Option Description
Make the Link Available Select Yes to make a link to the test or survey appear to students. If you set this option to 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 was previously posted using this feature, the date and time of the most recent announcement is 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 so students can take the assessment as many times as they want. Select Number of Attempts and provide the amount 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 a 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 If selected, students must complete the test when they launch it. Students may only access the test ONE TIME. The Save function is available for students to save the questions as they work through them, but they may not exit and reenter the test. At the top of the test, Force Completion is noted and explained to students. If you do not enable Force Completion, students may save their progress and complete the test at another time.

If students accidentally close their browsers, leave the test page, or lose power or their internet connections, they cannot continue with the test. They have to contact you to allow them to start over with a new attempt.

You may want to reserve the Force Completion option for when students are on campus taking a proctored test and connected to an Ethernet cable instead of Wi-Fi. If issues occur, an instructor can be available to reset proctored tests.

Alternatively, use the Set Timer options to reduce receiving emails from panicked students who accidentally left a test with Force Completion enabled.

Set Timer Set a time limit for finishing a test. Type the amount of time in the hours and minutes boxes. During a timed test, the time elapsed is displayed to students. As students approach the time limit, a one-minute warning also appears.

When the attempt is complete, student completion time is available in the Test Information section.

If a student saves and exits the test, the timer continues. For example, if he begins the test on Tuesday, saves and exits it, then completes it on Thursday, his completion time will be 48 hours.

If you set the timer, turning on Auto-Submit automatically saves and submits a test when time expires. Without enabling auto-submit, students have the option to continue after time expires. Tests are flagged as submitted after the time has expired. You have the option to adjust the grade based on the time.

You may find it advantageous to use the Set Timer options and not the Force Completion option. For example, if a student loses his internet connection for 10 minutes on a timed test, at least he can access the test again and continue. If you enabled the Forced Completion option, he cannot access the test again and must contact you to reset the test.

Display After Select the date and time when the test or survey will become available to students. This field is optional. You can control availability through the Make the Link Available option without setting specific dates.
Display Until Select the date and time the test will be made unavailable to students. This field may be left blank.
Password Select this check box to require a password for students to access the assessment. If you select this check box, enter a password in the text box. Passwords cannot be longer than 15 characters and are case sensitive.
Test Availability Exceptions Select one or more groups of students and make a number of exceptions to the already established availability settings. You can use exceptions to provide an accommodation to a disabled student or provide accommodations for technology and language differences. You can create exceptions for:
  • Number of attempts.
  • Timer.
  • Availability.
  • Force completion.
Show Test Results and Feedback to Students Test results and feedback are available to students after they complete a test. Set up to two rules to show results and feedback. If conflicts in rules occur, the most permissive settings for that user or group of users is granted. For example, students would receive the greatest number of attempts, longest availability time, and so on.
  • When: Sets when appropriate test results and feedback are shown to students: After Submission, One-time View, On Specific Date, After Due Date, After Availability and End Date, After Attempts are Graded.
  • Score: Shows the score a student achieved out of points possible for each question.

    Hide the Grade Center column to disable the overall score.

  • All Answers: Shows all answer options.
  • Correct: Shows the correct answers.
  • Submitted: Shows all of a student’s submitted answers.
  • Feedback: Shows instructor-generated feedback messages for each question.
  • Show Incorrect Questions: Shows the questions a student answered incorrectly or partially incorrectly.


You select After Submissions, Score, All Answers, Correct, Submitted, Feedback, and Show Incorrect Questions. Students see their scores along with all answer options. They also see their submitted answers marked as correct or incorrect, and any feedback you have provided.


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.

When you first deploy the test, you can choose to present only the Score. After all students have taken the test, edit the test options to show more. You can create an announcement to notify students that additional feedback is available. Students can return to the test to view the additional feedback.

About Unavailable Tests and Surveys

The 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 the appropriate options in the Show Test Results and Feedback to Students section so they 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 students' 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 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 include 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.
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