Creating a new assessment

Note: To complete these procedures, you must be assigned a role having the necessary permissions. To determine your role, follow the directions in Participant roles. For a basic understanding of roles and permissions, see Permissions and roles: Overview.

To create a new assessment (e.g., a test, quiz, or survey), in the menubar of the relevant course or project site, click Tests & Quizzes. From the Assessments page, you can create a new assessment from scratch or from a template. (For more information about using templates, see Adding, editing, or deleting an Assessment Type.) You also can import an assessment; see Importing or exporting an assessment.

There are four basic steps to creating a new assessment:


Name your assessment

In the "New Assessment" area, under "Create a new assessment":

  1. In the "Title" field, enter a title for your assessment.

  2. Select the method you would like to use to create your questions:

    • Create using assessment builder (default): Allows you to create your assessment questions using a graphical user interface.
    • Create using markup text: Allows you to create your assessment questions by typing appropriately formatted text.

  3. If desired, you may select an assessment type using the Choose assessment type (optional) drop-down box. For more on assessment types, see About Assessment Types.

  4. Click Create. This will take you to the editing screen.

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Configure the settings

The Settings link, available from the Assessments page or from the editing screen, allows you to specify various parameters for the assessment (e.g., delivery dates and security settings). For more information on the possible settings, see Assessment settings.

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

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Create parts

When you create a new assessment, a part (i.e., section) called "Default" is created automatically. If you leave it named "Default", that title will not appear on your assessment; to change the part's name, click Edit. You can begin adding questions immediately to "Default", or you can add your own parts.

To add a part to your assessment:

  1. On the editing screen, click Add Part.

  2. On the part editing screen, next to "Title", type a name for this part.

  3. Under "Information", you may use the WYSIWYG editor to enter a brief description or instructions.

  4. To add attachments, click Add Attachments.

  5. Under "Type", use the radio buttons to indicate whether you'll be authoring questions one by one, or using a random draw from one of your question pools. For the latter option, use the drop-down list to choose the name of the pool from which to draw them, and use the accompanying text boxes to indicate the number and point value of questions. Use the radio buttons to indicate the type of randomization.

  6. Under "Question ordering", use the radio buttons to either dictate the order of questions, or allow a random ordering within the part.

  7. Under "Metadata", you may use the text boxes to record any objectives, keywords, or rubrics.

  8. To save your changes, click Save. To cancel them, click Cancel.

New parts will be listed in the order you create them. To switch the order of two parts, before a part's name, change the number in the drop-down list (i.e., next to "Part"). For example, if you have three parts, and you want the third part to appear first, use the drop-down list to change the 3 to 1. The third part will become the first part and the first part will become the third.

To edit the name and any of the information and settings associated with a part, next to that part's name, click Edit.

Your assessment must always contain at least one part, but you can remove any of the parts you create. You can also remove the "Default" part, as long as you've already created another part to replace it.

To remove a part:

Note: The first part listed on the editing screen will not have the Remove option. To remove the first part, you must switch its order with another part (if you don't have another part, you'll have to create one), and then click Remove.

  1. Next to the part's name, click Remove.

  2. On the subsequent confirmation screen, choose between the following:

    • Remove part and all questions
    • Remove part only and move question(s) to (use the accompanying drop-down list to choose another part)

  3. Click Remove.

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Create questions

You can either create a new question to add to the assessment, or you can add a question from a question pool. To add your first question, first create an assessment, and then from the drop-down menu next to "Add Question:", choose the type of question to add. For more on question types, see Creating questions for an assessment. Once you've selected the type of question, the question editing screen will open.

To add a question from a question pool, from the drop-down menu next to "Add Question", select Copy from Question Pool.

On the question editing screen, the available options will depend upon the type of question you are adding. To change the type of question, choose another option from the "Change Question Type" drop-down menu. Options common to most question types include:

After you insert a question into your new assessment, a drop-down list, Insert New Question, will appear in the assessment editing screen at the end of each part. Use this button to add a question directly to a specific part. Near the top, within the assessment's title bar, clicking Preview allows you to preview the assessment as it presently stands. After you've saved questions within your assessment, you can use the corresponding Edit and Remove buttons to alter or delete questions.

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