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Tests and Surveys Overview

You can find tests and surveys (referred to collectively as assessments) in any Content Area, Learning Module, Lesson Plan, or folder.

Surveys can be used for polling purposes and evaluations. This type of assessment is not graded.

WARNING!  Do not refresh the page, close the window, or click the browser's back button while taking an assessment. If you experience problems during a test or survey, please contact your instructor or the Help Desk.

Multiple Attempts

You may be allowed to take an assessment multiple times. If multiple attempts are allowed, this is noted at the top of the assessment. Your instructor may also set a limit on the number of attempts, which will also be noted at the top. A link to take the test again appears if the test is re-opened. Your instructor determines if one or more of the test attempt scores are recorded in the Grade Center.

Assessment Presentation Options

Your instructor may or may not enable the optional features below. But, the information below outlines several options for delivering your test.

Question Types

There are many types of questions that can be included in an assessment:

  • Calculated Formula: Contains a formula with a number of variables. The correct answer can be a specific value or a range of values.
  • Calculated Numeric Response: Resembles a fill-in-the-blank question except a number is entered to complete the statement. The correct answer can be a specific number or within a range of numbers. The answer must be numeric (42 instead of forty-two).
  • Either / Or: A statement with a pre-defined choice of two answers (Yes/No, On/Off).
  • Essay: A question where the answer must be typed in a text box.
  • File Response: Uploaded files are used to respond to the question.
  • Fill in Multiple Blanks: Multiple responses are inserted into a sentence or paragraph.
  • Fill in the Blank: A statement that requires an answer to complete it. Answers are evaluated based on an exact text match.
  • Hot Spot: A specific point on an image is used to indicate the answer. For example, selecting all the countries in South America by clicking on each one on a map.
  • Jumbled Sentence: A sentence with a number of variables within it.
  • Matching: Two columns of items where each item in the first column must be matched to an item in the second column.
  • Multiple Answer: A number of choices with one or more correct answers.
  • Multiple Choice: Allows a number of choices with one correct answer. Indicate the correct answer by selecting the correct answer.
  • Opinion Scale / Likert: A rating scale used to measure attitudes or reactions.
  • Ordering: A question that requires users to provide an answer by selecting the correct order of a series of items.
  • Quiz Bowl: An answer appears; the users responds with a who, what, or where question to respond.
  • Short Answer: Similar to Essay questions; answer length is limited.
  • True / False: A statement with the option to choose either true or false. True/False answer options are limited to the words True and False.

Question Completion Status

The Question Completion Status indicator provides you with a quick up-to-date look at complete or incomplete questions in an assessment at all times. The status of which questions have been answered is displayed at the top of the page. Click the chevron next to the Question Completion Status to collapse or expand it.

When you answer a question and move to the next question in a Question-by-question Assessment, the status box is edited on the next page to show that the previous question was answered. If you do not answer a question and move on to the next page in a Question-by-question assessment, the status box will show on the next page that the previous question was not answered. Navigate between questions by clicking on the question number in the status indicator.

When you take an All-at-once Assessment (an Assessment where the questions all appear on the same page), click Save Answer to save a specific question without scrolling to the bottom of the page to save. Saving either a single question or all of the questions that have been answered (with the Save All Answers at the top or bottom of the page) changes the status indicator to show which questions have been completed.