Creating a new assessment

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.

Note: To complete the procedures in this document, you need to be assigned a role that has the necessary permissions. To find out what your role is, follow the directions in Participant roles. To see a list of what permissions are associated with a given role, see Permissions, roles, and tools. For a basic understanding of roles and permissions, see Permissions and Roles: Overview.

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 by using a template. (For more information about using templates, see the document Adding/creating, editing, or deleting a template.) You also can import an assessment by using the Import feature. For more information, see the document 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", type a title for your assessment in the "Title" field, and then click Create. This takes 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 for an assessment, see Assessment settings.

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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", its title will not appear on your assessment (i.e., your assessment won't display a part's title if its title is "Default"; to change the "Default" part's name, click Modify). You can begin adding questions immediately to "Default", or you can add your own parts.

To add a part to your assessment, follow these steps:

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

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

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

  7. 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 and first parts will switch places.

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

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, follow these steps:

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

  2. On the subsequent confirmation screen, use the radio buttons to choose between the following:


  3. Click Remove.

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.

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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, then from the drop-down menu next to "Add Question:", choose the type of question to add. For more information 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, click the drop-down menu next to Add Question and select "Copy from Question Pool."

On the question editing screen, the available options will depend upon the type of question you are adding. If you'd like to change the type of question, you can 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 Assessment allows you to preview the assessment as it presently stands. After you've saved questions within your assessment, you can use the corresponding Modify and Remove buttons to alter or delete questions.

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Last modified on January 27, 2006.