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How to Create an Exam (Graded Assessment)

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

Within this guide, you'll find a detailed, step-by-step walkthrough on how to create these assessments.

To create Graded Assessments:

1. Create your course and the course sections.

2. Navigate to the Course you wish & then go to its Course outline tab.

3. Click on Add an Activity.

4. You can choose between the Blank exam or Graded SCORM and Open-Ended Question Templates (which are premade templates such as Text and File assignments and Record Video). 

5. Hit Save or Save & Edit. If you click on Save, you must hover over the activity and select Edit questions to add your assessment questions.

Your assessment structure consists of the starting screen, which can include an introduction to the exam, organized sections with graded questions, and the ending screen

As soon as your starting screen is ready, you can move on by adding questions to the exam by clicking +Add/Import question or the + icon.

A window will open, displaying all the available types of questions. Once you've decided on the type of questions you want to add, it's time to build the content and customize the templates for your questions.

For more information on adding and customizing your assessment questions, please check this article

Adding a Score to your Exam’s Questions

The Score tab offers two available options:

  • Basic Score: Set a specific score on both correct and incorrect answers.
  • Advanced Score: Set specific points for each answer choice.

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

On the Basic Score, you can set the score for the correct answers and the score for the incorrect answers. 

Adding Feedback or Tags to your Exam’s Questions

You can provide general feedback after a question is added or enable Advanced Feedback for each answer choice. 

You can also add tags to users who give particular responses.

Configuring your Exam’s Settings

The available settings are:

  • Grade & Attempts: set the passing grade for your exam.
  • Timer: apply a time limit on your exam.
  • Randomize: choose whether to shuffle the questions’ order.
  • Feedback: choose whether to offer a feedback report to the student.
  • Manual Feedback: push exams with close-ended questions to the Review Center.
  • Ending Screen: customize your ending screen
  • Auto recovery: allows students to navigate away and return to the assessment within a time window without losing their answers.
  • Learner tools: show a sidebar presenting all available questions concisely.
  • After submission: enable a submission confirmation pop-up and tag users after submission.
  • Assignment grading: set the passing grade for assignments (open-ended questions).
  • Navigation: configure how users will navigate through the exam’s questions.
  • Language: change the language of the UI text.

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

Reviewing Responses

All learners’ responses to an exam are stored under the Responses tab, where you can view, edit, and export submissions. You can find out more in our respective article: How to Review the Assessment Responses

On the Responses tab, you can review users' responses; however, you cannot grade or view grades here. To grade (set score) or provide feedback on a submitted answer, you can do so from either the Review Center or the Gradebook. For grading exams or providing feedback, please check this article.

Grading Responses

If you add a Text Assignment, File assignment, or Record Video type of question in your assessment learning activity, users will view the Pending status on the Ending screen once they submit the assessment. You will need to grade those types of submissions for the assessment to be considered Passed or Failed.

The grade will be available only in the Review Center section within your school and not in the Gradebook (Courses→Review Center). When you grade the assignment, it is automatically transferred to the Gradebook

You can find out more in our respective article.

Ending Screen

Once a user submits their assessment, the Ending Screen appears. The widget on the ending screen has three statuses: Pass, Fail, and Pending (awaiting grading). You can choose each of these three statuses and modify the respective interface.

  • 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: A pending screen is shown when the Exam/Self-assessment has gone to the Review Center for grading or feedback. 

All options on the premade widget are configurable. You can add widgets with images, buttons, text, embed code, etc. Additionally, clicking on the premade widget will open the sideform for customizing the ending screen.

Note: To alter the ending screen's text, you will need to click on the Assessment container, the Design form will be opened, and then you can select the Assessment Viewer tab and simply change the text. Alternatively, you can go to the Language option from Settings. You can find more information on creating a non-graded assessment in the following article: How to Create a Non-Graded Assessment.

  • The Undo/Redo option can be used within the editing mode of the type of questions and not for the assessment settings, design, responses, etc. 
  • Additionally, the Undo/Redo option can also be utilized after saving a Page or Assessment/Form if you do not leave the page you are editing.

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