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How to Create an Exam (Graded Assessment)

Are you an existing customer but do not see the new Assessment Builder yet? Don’t worry we expect to release it to everyone by the beginning of July. 

Exams and test questionnaires can enhance users' comprehension of their studied material. Our new Assessment Builder can help you to create an advanced and exciting testing environment!

To create graded assessments:

1. Go to Courses and select your created course.

2. Add activity → select Assessment.

3. Choose the first option → Exam (Start from Scratch).

4. Click on the Edit assessment button.

The structure of your assessment consists of the starting screen which can include an introduction to the questionnaire, organized sections with graded questions, and the ending screen. The type of questions can be added and customized according to your needs. For more information on how to further customize the assessment's structure, you can check this article.

To add questions and further customize the content of the questionnaire, you can click on the +Add question button.

A window will open and you will be able to check all the available types of questions. When you decide the type of questions you would like to add, it's time to build the content and customize the questions' templates. There are different settings per question type but some of them are general question properties.

More information about the addition, customization of the Assessment questions, and their available settings, you will find in our respective article.


The Scoring tab has two available options:

  • Basic Score
  • Advanced Score

To enable the Advanced Scoring, hover over the desired question template, click on Edit question, and the sideform will open. On the provided options you can find the Score tab, and activate the Advanced Score, where you can set a specific point per choice.

On the Basic Score, you are able to set the score for the correct answers as well as the score for the incorrect answers. 

Extra Widgets

You can add widgets to all of your questions (text, buttons, images, embed code, etc), however, we are also introducing two widgets that will be very helpful for your assessments:

Audio widget: With the new audio widget, you can upload an audio file (the supported file types are the same as the audio learning activity). You can choose one of the three available templates and configure the color, size, and alignment of the widget. You are able also to add a title and description, however, these will only show up on the eligible template.

Attach File widget: With the attach file widget (button) you will be able to upload a file and, upon clicking on the button, the users will be able to download it. You can also configure the colors, text, background, and alignment. In the same attach file template, you can also import questions via:

Grading Settings & Attempts

The available settings are:

  • Grade & Attempts
  • Timer
  • Randomize
  • Learner tools
  • Feedback 
  • Assignments
  • On submission
  • Navigation
  • Language

You can find out more, here: How to Configure the Assessment Settings

On the Grade & Attempts for graded assessment, you will be able to set the passing grade. Also, you can allow the users to take unlimited or an exact number of attempts. You have the option to allow multiple or an exact number of attempts only when a user fails the exam, or generally, you can prohibit resubmissions. You can also make the score visible immediately after the submission, or in case you have added assignment questions, you can make the score visible after all assignment questions are graded.

Reviewing Responses

To access and review the submitted Assessment responses:

  • Go to Courses.
  • Locate the created course and the respective Assessment learning activity.
  • Hover over the Assessment learning activity and click on Responses.

You can find out more in our respective article: How to Review the Assessment Responses

Grading Responses

In order to grade an assessment, you need to visit the Gradebook section within your school (from the Admin's dashboard, Report Center → Gradebook). 

If you add a Text Assignment or a File assignment type of question in your assessment learning activity, once users complete the assessment, they will receive the Pending status on the Ending screen. You will need to grade it in order for the assessment to be considered as Passed or Failed. The grade will take place only on the Assignment section within your school and not on the Gradebook (Report Center → Assignment). When you grade the assignment, then, it will be automatically transferred to the Gradebook. You can find out more in our respective article.

Ending Screen

The Ending Screen appears once a user submits their assessment. The widget of the ending's screen has 3 statuses: Pass, Fail, and Pending (awaiting grading). You can choose each of those three statuses and modify the respective interface. All options on the widget are configurable. Having said that you have the ability to add widgets with images, buttons, text, embed code, etc. By clicking on the premade widget, the sideform will open, then you can choose a specific layout template and enable or disable the score details' appearance

  • Pass: When users complete the assessment and pass, they will receive the Pass message.
  • Fail: If users fail the assessment, they will receive the Fail message.
  • Pending: In case you have added a Text Assignment or a File assignment type of question in your assessment learning activity, once users complete the assessment, they will receive the Pending status 

Note: To alter the ending screen's text, you will need to click on it and the Exam viewer or Language tab will open in order to make the necessary changes.

You can find more information on how to create a non-graded assessment in the following article:

How to Create a Non-Graded Assessment

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