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Tests

Make sets of questions that are graded to measure student performance.

New Tools

Assessment Item Analysis

Automated Regrading

About Tests

Tests are sets of questions that are graded to measure student performance. Once a test is created here, it must be deployed within a content folder before students can take the test. Some question types are not automatically graded.
Incorporating tests into your course involves a multi-step process and includes the following steps:

  • create a test
  • add questions individually or from a pool
  • make the test available
  • view results

Creating a Test

  1. Open a Content Area.
  2. Under Create Assessment select Test.
  3. Select Create.
  4. Complete page options.
  5. Click Submit and the Test Canvas appears.

Adding Questions

  1. Select Create Question drop-down menu to select a question type. Alternatively, you can choose Reuse Questions to select from a pool of questions. To create a pool of questions refer to instructions about Question Pools (see below).
  2. Follow the directions that appear for each question type at the top of the screen.
  3. In the Question Text field, enter the question you want to ask.
  4. Assign a Point Value to your question or the default will be used.
  5. Follow specific directions for entering answers for each question type.
  6. Click Submit.
    To add additional questions, repeat steps 1-6.
  7. After all questions have been added, select OK.

You can reorder the questions by dragging them to the desired position.

The Create Test page will include your test on the list of tests. You can still modify the test because it has not been made available.

Making a Test Available

  1. After creating the test and clicking Submit you are brought back to the Test Canvas.
  2. Click Submit again to be brought to Test Options.
  3. Under Test Availability select Yes as your choice for Make the Link Available to make a test available for students.
  4. You can select other options if desired.
  5. Click Submit, then OK on the next two screens.

For previously created tests, go to Test Canvas by selecting the double-down arrow to the right of the Test icon and select Modify Test Options.

Viewing Test Results

  1. Go to Control Panel > Grade Center.
  2. Select the title of the Grade Center test item you want to view.
  3. Select View All Attempts or Download Results.

To view an individual student’s submission, manually grade a submission or adjust a grade, click double down arrow for specific student’s cell under the appropriate Grade Center column and select View Grade Details.

Assessment Item Analysis

Item Analysis provides data to instructors on test performance and individual questions, allowing them to examine and improve questions for future tests or to adjust credit on current attempts.

Document: Running an Item Analysis on a Test

Automated Regrading

Instructors can now fix problematic questions by simply editing the invalid question directly and having all necessary updates flow automatically to the Grade Center.For any assessment question, Instructors can drop, give full credit, change point value, or change which answer is marked correct. UBlearns recalculates the score of all submitted assessments that included the updated question, reflects the updates in the Grade Center, and provides notification to both the Instructor and optionally to the Student for all impacted submissions.

Pools (Question Sets)

Pools are sets of questions that can be added to any Test or Survey. Pools are useful for storing questions and reusing them in more than one Test or Survey.

Creating a Question Pool

  1. Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Tests, Surveys and Pools > Pools.
  2. New questions can be created by using the Create Question drop-down list.
  3. Questions can be added to the Pool from other tests, surveys, and pools by clicking Find Questions.

When you are done adding pool questions, your pool will be saved in the pool area of your course.
To use questions from a pool, select an option from the Reuse Questions menu when creating a test or survey.

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