The below are recommended settings for summative non invigilated tests. i.e. Usually tests that students at home on their own machines. This type of test is usually treated the same as a Take home exam. 

Note: Your test settings may need to differ depending on your context and/or the learning outcomes for the test.

Recommended Browser: It is recommended both staff and students use Chrome (a recent version).

Setting Recommendation Comments
Description Recommended Allows you to give information to the students before they open the test.

This description is visible while the students take the test and should be kept short as otherwise it will cause extra scrolling.

Open Test in New Window NO This opens a new window and can make navigation confusing for students.

YES, has the advantage of allowing students to access other resources on the site.

Make the Link Available YES         Use the Display After setting to set WHEN students can access the test.
Add a New Announcement for this Test NO The automatic announcement is not very informative; it is recommended you write your own.
Multiple Attempts OFF Students will still be able to re-enter the test (if Force completion is OFF) if they lose their Internet connection.

Students must have a procedure to follow if there is a problem with their test attempt, such as accidental submission. i.e. A contact number for the coordinator. 

Force completion OFF This ensures that students will be able to re-enter the test if they lose their Internet connection or browse away from the page.
Set timer Timer ON;

Auto Submission ON

An elapsed time clock will be visible to students during the exam.

The students’ exams will automatically be submitted once the exam time is up.

Display After & Until ON Use these options to limit when the test is available.
Password OFF


Test Availability Exceptions OPTIONAL Can be used to give individual students or groups of students:
  • Extra time (i.e. student with a disability.
  • Different test availability (i.e. students who are not completing the test at the same time as the rest of the students.)
Due Date ON The date the test was completed / due is shown to students in My Grades.
Self Assessment Options Include this Test in Grade Centre Score Calculations ON The marks will be automatically recorded in Grade Centre.

Test Feedback

(rule 1)

On Specific date
Score, ON
All Answers, ON
Correct, ON
Submitted, ON

Feedback, ON
Show Incorrect questions, ON


Note, giving no feedback when the test is submitted gives you an opportunity to edit the marking if there is a problem with a question.

Note, do not give students an opportunity to copy the questions if you want to reuse them. i.e. only turn the Score ON.

Presentation Mode

One at a Time, ON

Prohibit Backtracking OFF

This option and having a time limit makes it more difficult for students to copy/print the questions.

Prohibiting backtracking is not recommended as it will cause the student to be thrown out of the exam if they use the browser back button.

Randomise Questions YES

Changes the order of the questions, which means that students will likely be working on different questions as they progress. This is useful to help prevent cheating by sharing correct responses to numbered questions.

Thank you to Ms Lauren Hives, eLearning Applications Administrator, Bond University for permission to use their Online Exam Supervisor’s Manual.