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Modifying Tests & Quizzes Settings

Assessment settings can be viewed after the test has been created or during the process of creating a test.  In most cases and instructor will develop a test, but not publish the assessment until a future date.  In that situation,  you can use the “--Select Action--” drop down menu to choose either Settings or Publish to view the settings.  Alternatively, when you create an assessment or publish an assessment you will have the chance to review settings.

Screenshot of Tests & Quizzes screen showing how to change settings.

Setting Due Dates and Retract Dates

When you retract an assessment, it remains under "Published Assessments", but moves from the "Active (testing in progress)" section to the "Inactive (no student access)" section.  If there is not a retract date a student will see the title of the test and depending on your feedback settings could go back and review their assessments.

Due dates represent when the assessment is due, but students will have access to their assessment feedback until the retract date.  The retract date removes the link to the assessment and by default will not allow students to review their test or re-submit.  If you set up a due date, but will accept assessments late then you need to set your retract date after the due date.  Plus, you need to modify the settings for Submissions to accept assessments late.

1.  From the settings click on Delivery Dates.
2.  Establish a time to make it available and due to students.
3.  By setting a retract date you will remove the assessment altogether from student view (i.e the potential to see any post assessment feedback).

Screenshot of delivery dates.

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Assign Assessment to Groups

1.  From the settings click on Assessment Released To.
2.  By default the assessment will be released to all participants, but by clicking on Selected Groups you have the option to either choose one group/section, or multiple groups/sections.

Screenshot of assessment released to.

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Timed Assessments

1.  From the settings click on Timed Assessments.
2.  Assessments are not timed by default, you have to check the box for Timed Assessment with Time Limit.
3.  Select the appropriate amount of hours and minutes.

Screenshot of timed assessment.

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Assessment Layout

It is recommended to have each part display on a separate page or each question on its’ own page.  If it is a short assessment then it might be appropriate to have all the questions displayed on the same web page.

1.  From the settings click on Assessment Organization.
2.  Modify the settings to your standard.

Screenshot of assessment organization options.

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Allowing Re-submissions

Remember, if you set your feedback options to allow students to view their choices and the correct answer upon completing their assessment plus you allow them to resubmit an assessment then you have essentially given your students access to the answer key.  They can review the feedback and correct answers then go back and retake the assessment.

1.  From the settings click on Submissions.
2.  Check the appropriate box to determine the limit on submissions.
3.  Check the Saved assessments will be automatically... box if you want the assessments to be saved on the due date.  This option is not always relevant if the assessment is timed, since the assessment will automatically be saved when the time limit has expired.

Screenshot of allowing resubmissions.

Allow student(s) to re-take assessment after the due date

If you want a student to re-take a test after the due date then you may need to modify some of your test's settings.  You have to set up a Retract Date for a future time and also accept tests after the due date.  Now, students can re-take the test prior to the Retract Date.

4.  If the student took the assessment or missed the due date then view assessment scores.
5.  Click on Submission Status.
6.  Click on Allow retake? below the student's name.
7.  Click Retake on the confirmation screen.

Screenshot of submission status.

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Feedback Settings

1.  From the settings click on Feedback.
2.  The feedback that will display is what you typed while creating the assessment.
3.  Feedback on submission is the most common option.  If you allow multiple submissions then you may consider displaying feedback after the due date, so that students will not be able to view feedback and then retake the assessment.
4.  Feedback Components are optional.  f you do not display feedback, even the Student’s Assessment Scores, then the student can view their score in the Gradebook if you set the Gradebook entry to be Released to Students.

Screenshot of feedback settings.

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Sync with Gradebook

1.  From the settings click on Grading.
2.  Anonymous grading is applicable with short answers that need to be manually graded and somebody other than the instructor is the grader.
3.  Check the box Grades sent to Gradebook in order to automatically create and update a Gradebook entry whenever a student submits an assessment.

Screenshot of sync with gradebook.

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