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For a basic understanding of roles and permissions, see Permissions and roles.

Information about the Sakai Test and Quiz Settings
Test Quiz & Survey Settings
Test Quiz & Survey Settings

To reach the Settings page for an assessment, from the menubar of the appropriate worksite, click Tests & Quizzes. On the Assessments page, click Settings beneath the title of the assessment. Click the black arrow for a type of setting to see the options.

Altering the settings for one assessment does not impact the settings of other assessments you created.

The settings available depend on whether or not your assessment is published. They also depend on what assessment type you have created for use with an assessment. The default assessment type does not include all possible settings. Once an assessment is published, you may only edit the three Delivery Dates settings, and the Gradebook Options (under "Grading") setting.

If you wish to include more settings than you see available for an unpublished assessment, you will need to create and edit a new assessment type. To do this, see Adding/creating, editing, or deleting an Assessment Type.


[edit] Assessment Settings

'Note:' You should not use the feedback option in Tests & Quizzes when assessing learning, as it may provide information students can use to correct their answers before submitting a test.

The following is a list of all possible settings.

  • Assessment Introduction: Specify the title and author(s) of an assessment, add an attachment to the assessment, and add a description of, or introduction to, the assessment. The assessment's creator (i.e., the user who was logged in when the assessment was created) is also listed, but you cannot modify this information.
  • Delivery Dates: Specify when (date and time) an assessment will be made available, when it will be due, and when it will be retracted. To set the dates and times, click the calendar icon next to each field.
  • High Security: You can do either or both of the following:
    • Create a unique username and password combination (both fields are required) that all students use to access each test This will not be the student's CAMPUS ID. You may want to caution students about this, as the interface can be misleading.
    • Note that the "Allow only specified IP addresses" feature is not currently functional due to recent hardware configurations, and should not be used when configuring assessments.
  • Timed Assessment:
    Timed Assessment
    Timed Assessment
    You can make the assessment a timed assessment and specify the amount of time allowed. This option will cause the assessment to submit automatically when the time is up.
  • Assessment Organization: Govern the appearance and behaviour of your assessment. The following options are available:
    • Navigation: Choose from the following:
      • Linear access: Limits users to progressing forward through an assessment without access to the table of contents
      • Random access: Allows users to move from question to question throughout the assessment using either the Previous and Next buttons, or the table of contents
    • Question Layout: Choose to display each question on a separate web page, each part on a separate web page, or the complete assessment on one web page.
    • Numbering: Choose continuous numbering throughout all parts of the assessment, or choose to restart numbering with each part.
  • Mark for Review: Enabling the Mark for Review option adds a checkbox labeled Mark for Review under every question in an assessment. Students can check the boxes to mark questions they would like to return to before submitting the assessment. This feature is not available when the assessment is configured for linear access.
  • Submissions:
    • Specify how many submissions you'll allow.
    • Use the "Late Handling" option to indicate whether or not you'll accept submissions after the due date (see Delivery Dates above for information on the Due Date option). If you choose to accept late submissions, such submissions will be flagged during grading.
    • The "Automatic Submission" allows you to force saved but not submitted submissions to be submitted after the due date.
  • Submission Message: Type a message or specify a URL to be delivered to the user upon submission.
  • Feedback:
    • Feedback Authoring: Choose from the following:
      • Question-Level Feedback: Allows feedback based on question regardless of the answer
      • Selection-Level Feedback: Allows feedback based on the answer given (i.e., different answers depending on which selection the student chose)
      • Both: This allows you to use both types of feedback.
    • Feedback Delivery: Choose from the following:
      • Immediate Feedback (i.e., while taking the assessment)
      • Feedback on submission (Best used with the "Record the last score" grading option)
      • No Feedback will be displayed to the student
      • Feedback will be displayed to the student at a specific date (Click the calendar icon to specify the date)

Note: You should not use the Immediate Feedback setting in Tests and Quizzes when assessing learning, as it may provide information students can use to correct their answers before submitting a test. No Feedback is the default setting when you click Create to begin your assessment, unless you use an Assessment Type with a different default setting.

Also, you can choose any combination of the following options to include in the feedback:

'Note:' If you choose to release any of the items listed above, the tool will also release questions to students. To prevent students from seeing the questions but allow them to see their scores, choose Only Release Student's Assessment Scores (questions not shown). You cannot release other feedback if you select this option.

    • Student response value the student selected or response entered
    • Correct response an indication of the correct option or response to be entered, when one was provided for the question
    • Student's assessment score score for the complete assessment
    • Student's question and part scores the score the student earned for each question, including partial scores where appropriate
    • Question-level feedback feedback associated with the question when originally created
    • Selection-level feedback feedback entered for a specific student by an instructor from the Questions area of the Scores for an individual question/response in the assessment
    • Grader's comments feedback entered for a specific student by an instructor from the Total Scores area of the Scores for an assessment
    • Statistics and histogram information for students tracked across multiple individual responses
  • Grading: Specify whether grading is to be anonymous, if grades should be sent to the Gradebook or not, and how to process the scores if multiple submissions are allowed. If you select anonymous grading, graders won't be able to see usernames associated with assessment submissions.
  • Graphics: Change the appearance of your assessment:
    • Click the palette icon next to the "Background colour" field to open the colour picker. From the drop-down list, select the palette you'd like to use (Web Safe Palette,Windows System Palette, or Grey Scale Palette), and then click the colour you want to use for your assessment's background colour. The hexadecimal value representing your colour will automatically populate the "Background colour" field.
    • In the "Background Image" field, you can type the URL of an image file to be used as the background image.
  • Metadata: Specify keywords, objectives, and rubrics to facilitate searches for and categorization of your assessment.

Additionally, you have the option to collect metadata for questions.

To save the settings for an assessment, click Save Settings at the bottom of the page. Click Cancel to cancel any unsaved changes.

Note: An assessment must contain at least one question in order to be published.

[edit] Settings for published assessments

You can modify the settings, parts, and questions of any assessment listed under "Pending Assessments". When you publish an assessment, a copy is created and listed under "Published Assessments". For the published copy, you can make changes to all the settings exception Assessment Release To.

Note: After you've published an assessment, if you modify its "Pending Assessments" copy, you'll have to alter the assessment's name before publishing it. When you publish it, you'll be creating another copy under "Published Assessments", not replacing the existing published copy.

[edit] Settings Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

[edit] Why are the changes I'm making not affecting the test/quiz?

Be sure that you are making the changes in the correct place. Changes made to a delivered assessment should be made in the lower Published Assessments area NOT the upper Pending Assessments area, which are only unreleased or draft version with no scores.

Other articles about Isaak/Sakai's tools and how instructors can use them:

Core Tools:   Image:Flag blue.png Announcements | Image:Page edit.png Assignments | Image:Lessons-icon.png Lessons | Image:Comments.png Forums | Image:Report.png Gradebook | Image:Folder.png Resources | Image:Calendar.png Schedule | Image:Pencil.png Tests and Quizzes

More Tools:   Image:User comment.png Chat Room | Image:Folder page.png Drop Box | Image:House.png Home | Image:Comment.png Messages | Image:Chart bar.png Statistics | Image:Page world.png Web Content

Related articles:   How to add tools to your course | Using the Text Editor | Manage Groups | Permissions and roles | Contact the CPI for help

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