Overview

There are three steps to creating a test:

  1. Create the test.
  2. Add questions to the test.
  3. Deploy the test.

You need to deploy a test to a Content Area (i.e. Learning Resources or Assessment) so students can access it. A test can only be deployed once, though you can make a copy of a test and deploy the copy if needed.

Add Test link to a Content Area

  1. Open the required Content Area (i.e. Learning Resources or Assessment).
  2. Click on the Assessment button.
  3. Select Test from the drop down menu.

Assessment content area with the assessments button circled and test circled in drop down menu

Add Test

  1. Select the required test from the Add Test list.
  2. Click on the Submit button.

Create test page with the require test circled from the add an existing test list.

Test Information

  1. If required, edit the title of the test in the Name textbox.
  2. If required, edit the Content Link Description. This option allows you to give information to the students before they open the test.
  3. From the Open Test in New Window radio buttons:
    • Yes, use this option if students need to access resources on the rest of the site.
    • No, usually the recommended setting.

Test information screen with name text box circled, content link description text box circled and open test in new window circled

Test Availability 

  1. From the Make the Link Available radio buttons:
    • Yes, makes the link appear to students immediately or once the Display After date has been reached.
    • No, the link will not be displayed to students.

Note: Use the Display After option to determine WHEN the students can access the test.

Test availability section with make the link available circled

Test Announcement

  1. From the Add a new Announcement for this Test radio buttons:
    • Yes, an automatic announcement will be posted when the test link becomes available.
    • No, recommended option

Note: This automatic announcement is not very informative; it is recommended you write your own.

Announcement section with the add a new announcement for this test circled.

Multiple Attempts

  1. Check the Multiple Attempts checkbox, if you wish the students to be able take the test multiple times.

    • Allow Unlimited Attempts, there is no restriction on how many times the test may be taken by a student.
    • Number of Attempts, enter the number of times the student can take the test.

Multiple attempts section with multiple attempts check box circled and radio buttons circled and number of attempts text box circled.

Note: The mark for the student’s last attempt is recorded in Grade Centre.

Score attempts using

  1. Select whether to keep score attempts using the last graded attempt, highest grade, lowest grade, first graded attempt, average of graded attempts. 

Score attempts using section with the drop down box circled.

Force Completion

  1. DO NOT check this option. Once the student opens the test they must complete it. If they navigate away from the test or lose their internet connection they cannot re-enter and complete the test.

Force completion check box not selected

Set Timer

  1. Check the Set Timer checkbox, if you wish to add a clock to the test.
  2. Select the hours and minutes from the drop down lists.

Note: The elapsed time is displayed to the student during the test. A one minute warning is also displayed as the student approaches the time limit.

  1. From the Auto-Submit radio buttons:
    • Off, students can continue after the time is up.
    • On, the test is automatically submitted when the time is up.

Set timer check box circled with the minutes text box circled and the auto submit radio buttons circled.

Display after

  1. Use the Display After and Display Until to set specific times the test link is available to students.
    • If required, select the Display After checkbox and enter the date using the Date Selection Calendar and enter the time using the Time Selection Menu.
    • If required, select the Display Until checkbox and enter the date using the Date Selection Calendar and enter the time using the Time Selection Menu.

Note: Once the student has entered the test the Display Until date/time does not affect them completing the test.

Display after and until check boxes circled as well as the clock and calendar icons.

Password

  1. Check the Password checkbox, if you wish students to enter a password before they can start the test.

Password check box circled and the text box circled

Restrict Location 

Note:  This option is not available at UQ.

Test Availability Exceptions (optional)

This feature allows you to set different timer settings and / or availability settings for different groups or students.

Example 1: Setting a group of students a different test timer

  1.  Click on the Add User or Group button.
  2.  Check the checkbox of the required group.
  3.  Click on the Submit button.

Add user or group screen with checkbox circled next to post grad student group and the submit button circled

  1. Select the required timer settings.

Note: You will not be able to set a different timer for a particular student or group, if a timer was not set for the general test.

The added exception for post grad student group with the timer check boxes circled

Example 2: Setting a student a different test availability

  1. Click on the Add User or Group button.
  2. Check the checkbox of the required student.
  3. Click on the Submit button.

Add user or group screen with check boxes circled next to students

  1. Select the required availability settings.
  2. Click on the Save button.

Setting the availability settings for the student with the calendar drop down box highlighted and circles around the after and until settings

Due date (optional)

  1. If required, select the Due Date checkbox and enter the date using the Date Selection Calendar and enter the time using the Time Selection Menu.
  2. If required, check the Do not allow student to start the Test if the due date has passed checkbox.

Note: Unless the above option is selected, students will be able to complete the test after the due date and their test will be labelled Late in Grade Centre.

Due date settings with the due date and time circled as well as the check box next to don not allow students to start the test if the due date has passed

Self-assessment Options

  1. From the Self-assessment Options checkboxes:
    • Include this Test in Grade Centre Score Calculations, recommended, the test will automatically have a column created in Grade Centre and the marks will automatically transfer to this column.
    • Hide Results for this Test Completely from Instructor and the Grade Centre, not recommended, ever if you are not using the marks, hiding to results will not even allow you to check if students have attempted the test.

Self assessment options with both check boxes circled

Show Test Results and Feedback to Students

You can set up two rules for when feedback is available to students i.e. After Submission and at a particular date.

  1. From the drop down list:
    • 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.
  2. From the Test Feedback checkboxes:
    • Score, students receive a mark if all questions are self-marking i.e. If no short answer, essay or file upload questions are included.
    • All Answers, shows all question options.
    • Correct, Shows the correct answers.
    • Submitted, Shows all of a student’s submitted answers.
    • Feedback, Shows custom instructor feedback for each question
    • Incorrect Questions, Shows the questions a student answers incorrectly and any feedback you have provided.

Show test results and feedback to student settings with the drop down boxes and check boxes circled

Test Presentation 

Presentation Mode

  1. From the Presentation Mode radio buttons:
    • All at Once, all questions are displayed on the one page. This is the easiest option for students.
    • One at a Time, students can only view one question per page.

Note: In an invigilated exam the One at a Time option can help stop students viewing answers on a neighbour’s screen, as they are unlikely to be on the same question (randomising questions will also make this difficult). This option also makes it more time consuming for students to print / copy the questions.

  1. Prohibit Backtracking, DO NOT select this option, if students use the browser back button they will be thrown out of the test.

Test presentation settings with the radio buttons circled

Randomise Questions

  1. Checking the Randomised Questions checkbox, will mean students will not all receive the questions in the same order.

Randomise questions setting with the check box circled

Submit

  1. Click on the Submit button.

 

Assessment folder with the deployed test

Informing students

Ensure that you clearly inform students of the test settings. i.e.

Settings information

  • How many test attempts are allowed.
  • If there is a time limit.
  • When the test link will be available.
  • What test feedback they will receive or if you will allow feedback after the test closes.
  • The presentation mode for the questions i.e. All on one page OR One question per page.
  • What randomisation has been included.

Test tips

  • Add a link to your Learn.UQ course to the AskUS test guides for students. In particular advise students to follow the section on Before you start.

https://web.library.uq.edu.au/library-services/it/learnuq-blackboard-help/learnuq-assessment/tests-and-quizzes