Recent Updates

  • Test-Taking Tips - In order to avoid potential problems during an assessment, it is recommended that you:

    • Use a supported web browser, such as the most recent version of Firefox, Google Chrome, or Internet Explorer.
    • Make sure that you DO NOT have multiple windows or tabs open while testing.
    • Make sure that you have a dependable internet connection; wired rather than wireless if possible.
    • DO NOT use your browser back and forward buttons. Always navigate within Sakai.
    • For timed tests, remember that once you begin the test, the timer will continue to count down.  This is true if you lose internet connection, your browser crashes, or you simply exit and close your browser window.
    • Make sure that you only click on the Begin Assessment button ONCE when starting a test.
    • Make sure that you only click on the Submit for Grading button ONCE when submitting a test.
  • Below are screen shots with examples of the email notifications you'll receive if you've selected to receive email for submissions from Tests & Quizzes.  There are several types of notifications, corresponding to the different ways in which an assessment can be submitted:

    1. Manual submission: A student clicks the Submit for Grading button on the Assessment Submission Warning screen to confirm submitting an assessment.
    2. Timer submission: The timer expires on a timed assessment and automatically submits the assessment for the student.
    3. Automatic submission: An instructor has configured an assessment to Autosubmit saved student work after latest acceptance date, unless student has previously submitted.  A student saves content in the assessment and exits it before the latest acceptance date, so the assessment remains In Progress.  The saved assessment is automatically submitted at the latest acceptance date provided no other attempt has been submitted.
  • Note: The availability of feedback and the type of feedback displayed will vary depending on the quiz settings specified by your instructor.

  • Layout and Appearance options control the overall look and feel of the test for students, such as how they navigate from one question to another, and how the assessment questions are numbered if the assessment has multiple parts. For more information on additional assessment settings, see How do I inspect and adjust the settings of an assessment?

  • After you have created an assessment, you must publish it before students can view and submit it.  

  • You can make multiple copies of the assessment in the same course site.  You would duplicate an assessment if you need to make the same assessment available to specific students with different settings, for example, to give different rosters or groups exams on different dates or to give a student extra time on a timed exam.

  • You can preview an assessment either by using the Preview option in the Action menu, or by viewing the site as a student and submitting the assessment.

    Note: If you use the Preview option to preview an assessment, you will not be able to submit the assessment or see how feedback displays for your students.

  • You can print an assessment with or without an Answer Key.

    Note: Certain types of questions may not display exactly the same way in a printout as they do for a student taking a test.  For example, if you have any Calculated Questions in your assessment, they will not display numerical values in a printout, because a single Calculated Question can contain different numbers for each student based on the variables entered.  Instead, you'll see a formula, e.g. {x} + {y} = {z}.

  • Updated on: Dec 21, 2020

    How do I grade Tests & Quizzes?

    Most question types in Tests & Quizzes are automatically graded by the system. However, you will need to manually score short answer/essay questions, file uploads, and audio recordings. You may also adjust the auto-graded scores, add comments, or give partial credit.

    If you would like to send your assessment scores to the Gradebook so that they can be included in the course grade calculation or allow students to see an answer key or other feedback in Tests & Quizzes, see What are the Grading and Feedback options for an assessment?

    On the Total Scores screen for an assessment, you can see the total score each student received based on the points from auto-graded questions (such as multiple choice and true false).  You may adjust the students' scores and for students who submitted the assessment, you can add comments.

    For more information on manually grading individual student submissions or questions, see the following articles:

    Note:  

    • Tests & Quizzes will NOT automatically grade students with no submission.  If a student who did not submit an assessment should receive a grade of 0, you'll need to enter a 0 for their grade.
    • Comments cannot be added within the Tests & Quizzes tool for students with no submission and they do not have access to feedback for assessments they did not submit.  If you'd like to provide comments to a student with no submission, you might upload a file with comments to their folder in Drop Box.   If you'd like to print an answer key to an assessment to provide to students who did not submit, see How do I print an assessment (i.e. test or quiz)?
    • Once a grade has been saved for a student in Tests & Quizzes, you cannot delete the grade to remove it from the student's course grade.  If you inadvertently assign a score to a student who should not have received one for an assessment, and the assessment score is being sent to the Gradebook, you will need to remove the assessment score from the student's final grade using a Grade Exclusion in the Gradebook.
  • Most question types in Tests & Quizzes are automatically graded by the system. However, you will need to manually score short answer/essay questions, file uploads, and audio recordings. You may also adjust the auto-graded scores, add comments, or give partial credit.

    If you would like to send your assessment scores to the Gradebook so that they can be included in the course grade calculation or allow students to see an answer key or other feedback in Tests & Quizzes, see What are the Grading and Feedback options for an assessment?

    For more information on making grade adjustments to overall scores, including assigning scores to students with no submission, or grading by question, see the following articles:

    Note:

    • Tests & Quizzes will NOT automatically grade students with no submission.  If a student who did not submit an assessment should receive a grade of 0, you'll need to enter a 0 for their grade.
    • Comments cannot be added within the Tests & Quizzes tool for students with no submission and they do not have access to feedback for assessments they did not submit.  If you'd like to provide comments to a student with no submission, you might upload a file with comments to their folder in Drop Box.   If you'd like to print an answer key to an assessment to provide to students who did not submit, see How do I print an assessment (i.e. test or quiz)?
    • Once a grade has been saved for a student in Tests & Quizzes, you cannot delete the grade to remove it from the student's course grade.  If you inadvertently assign a score to a student who should not have received one for an assessment, and the assessment score is being sent to the Gradebook, you will need to remove the assessment score from the student's final grade using a Grade Exclusion in the Gradebook.