How do I view and modify the settings of an assessment?

The settings of a test or quiz are complex, and offer many options.  In many cases, the default values will work, but should be reviewed.  The modification of a setting in one section will not change settings in other sections.

You can modify the settings, parts, and questions of any assessment listed under the Working Copies tab. When you publish an assessment, a copy is created and listed under Published Copies. For the published copy, you can make changes to all the settings except "Assessment Released To".

Note: After you've published an assessment, if you modify the unpublished version under Working Copies, you'll have to alter the assessment's name before republishing it. When you publish it, you'll be creating another publication under Published Copies, not replacing the existing published copy. Also, if you modify the settings of a test while students are taking it, the changes will not affect testing sessions in progress. Students must exit the test and re-enter it in order to have the modified settings take effect.

Go to Tests & Quizzes.

Go to Tests and Quizzes.

Select the Tests & Quizzes tool from the Tool Menu of your course.

Edit the settings.

From the Tests & Quizzes tool home screen, choose the Settings option in the drop-down menu for the quiz you would like to publish.  Be sure that you are in the Working Copies tab; otherwise, you won't see your unpublished items.

Note: You can review and edit settings on a published assessment by going to the Published Copies tab and selecting Settings in the drop-down menu for the assessment. It is not recommended to modify the settings of an assessment while testing is in progress, as it may cause loss of student submission data.

Alternately, you can access assessment settings from the edit assessment screen.

Alternately, you can access assessment settings from the edit assessment screen.

If you are currently editing the Working Copy of the assessment, select the Settings link at the top of the assessment editing screen.

Settings options.

There are five sections of assessment Settings:

  1. About this Assessment
  2. Availability and Submissions
  3. Exceptions to Time Limit and Delivery Date
  4. Grading and Feedback
  5. Layout and Appearance

Select on the section title in the Settings screen to expand or collapse that section.  Below is a summary of the options available to you in each of these sections, and a link to an article that describes the options in greater detail.

About this assessment.

The first section is the Assessment Introduction.  

In the About this Assessment section, you can edit the Title of your assessment or add a Description that displays before students begin taking the test.  For more information on this section and its options, see How do I edit my assessment title or description?

Availability and Submissions

In Availability and Submissions, you can:

  1. Indicate who should submit the assessment (Anonymous UsersEntire Site, or Selected Group(s)).
  2. Select how many times each student or site member is allowed to submit the assessment.
  3. Select the dates when the assessment is available and due, and until when to accept late submissions, if allowed.
  4. Set a time limit for the assessment, if desired.
  5. Choose whether to have in progress assessments automatically submitted, if the students have not already submitted the assessment.
  6. Restrict the assessment by a range of IP Addresses (to require students to submit the assessment within a specific building), or require a Password that students will have to type in at the start of the assessment to take it. You may also require the use of a lockdown browser.
  7. Create a message that students see upon submitting their assignment.

For more information on this section and its options, see What are the Availability and Submissions options for an assessment?

Exceptions to Time Limit and Delivery Date

In the Exceptions to Time Limit and Delivery Date section, you can select users or groups within the site and specify a different availability window for the assessment as well as indicate the time limit allowed for that user/group. For more information on this section and its options, see How do I give specific students different date and time settings for an assessment?

Grading and Feedback

In Grading and Feedback, you can:

  1. Choose whether graders see the students' names when grading.
  2. Select whether or not to send grades to the Gradebook tool.
  3. Choose which score is recorded, if a student is allowed to make more than one submission (also applies to allowing a retake).
  4. If and when students will receive feedback on the assessment, and what kinds of feedback you will make available to them (e.g. their answers, correct answers, assessment scores).

For more information on this section and its options, see What are the Grading and Feedback options for an assessment?

Layout and Appearance

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 this section and its options, see How do I adjust the layout and appearance of an assessment?

Save and publish the assessment.

Save and publish the assessment.

When the assessment settings are ready, and the questions are in place, select Save Settings and Publish to publish the assessment so that your students can take it.  See the article How do I publish an assessment (i.e. test or quiz)?

Alternatively, if you're not ready to publish the assessment, you can select Save to save your settings selections.

Note: If you're modifying the settings of an assessment in Published Copies, you'll only see the Save and Cancel buttons.