The following explains how to create an assessment in your master Course Outline using our Assessment Builder which will also be added to all Sections.

  1. Navigate to your course and click Manage.

2. Click Add.

3. Choose Select Assessment.

4. Type in a name for your assessment.

5. Fill in your start and end dates and times. Also select whether you would like to label this a Test or a Quiz. Then click Next.

6. To begin building your assessment, choose + Add Alta Question to add questions authored by Knewton or +Add Custom Question if you’d like to build your own questions.

7. On the next page, you can search for the objectives you’d like to include in your assessment, or click into the chapters and topics to browse available objectives.

8. Before you select your objectives, you should select your question Preferences. You can choose whether you would like Static or Pool questions where available by default. Also you can choose whether you would like 1 or 2 questions per objective. You can add more questions per objective in a later screen if desired (step 16). Click Apply to finalize your choices and return to the select objectives page.

9. Click the checkbox next to the objective you’d like to add assessment questions for, or the Topic level checkbox to include all the objectives it covers. 

10. You can use the filters to see specific objectives: Assignment Usage will display objectives already assigned or unassigned in adaptive assignments. Assessment Usage will show the objectives already tested or untested in other assessments. Selection will show objectives already selected or not selected for the assessment being built/edited.

11. Once you have selected your objectives and preferences, choose Done when you’re ready to move on.
Note: you can select up to 60 objectives to include in your assessment. However, there is no limit to the number of Alta questions you can include as part of these 60 objectives.

12. On the next page, you can Preview your assessment to see it as students will or choose Edit to change the objectives you’ve added to the assessment. 

13. You can also see information about the questions you have added from the tags in the top right corner of the questions, including whether the question is compatible with printing (offline) tests or Lockdown Browser, as well as whether they are Static or Pool questions.

14. If you have created multiple assessments in your course or section, you will receive an alert if questions are already Used in other assessments and may repeat for your students. The alerts will look like this:

If you wish to avoid students potentially seeing the same question again across assessments, then you should choose different questions within the current assessment you’re editing. Go to step 16 to see how to remove and add new questions per objective. Once you swap out the questions, you will no longer see the Used label or triangle alerts.

15. From here you can also weight the number of points each question is worth by clicking on the point value displayed at the top of each question card (2). The total point value of the test will be calculated at the top of the test (1). Students will also see how many points each question is worth when taking the assessment and reviewing their scores.
Note: Instructors cannot edit point values after students have started the assessment, and partial credit on individual questions is not available.

16. To add additional questions per objective, click the three dots next to the question and choose Edit Questions.


17. From this page you can add additional questions or remove those that are added by default. Choose Done when you’re happy with the included questions.

18. Back on the main assessment page, you can also add your own questions. Scroll to the bottom and click +Add Custom Question to start creating your own questions.
Note: you can create up to 100 custom questions in each assessment. 

19. Once you have selected and reviewed your questions in your assessment, you can edit the order they appear for your students. Click Viewing By Objective on the top. In the pop-up window, choose View By Order and the question Display Density. We recommend choosing Collapsed if you plan to edit the order of your questions. Click Apply to finalize your choices. You can then drag and drop the questions in the desired order. You do not need to click save, it will save automatically.


20. Next, navigate to the Settings on the top right to choose the in-depth settings on your assessment. You can change the name of the assessment, as well as the due date and time. You may also enable the Review Center, password protection, LockDown Browser, a timer and shuffling the order of questions (note this will conflict with question reordering). You can decide what assessment results to display to students after completion. If you would like to allow students to take this assessment multiple times, you can check Allow Multiple Attempts and set the attempt limit. Once you have selected your settings, click Save at the bottom of the page to finalize your choices. 

Offline (Printable) assessments

In addition to normal assessments comes Offline, or Printable assessments. Instructors have the option of turning their online assessments into Offline assessments. These offline assessments can be printed and distributed to your students to take. Your Review Center will still work as usual even if your assessment is in Offline mode. To access Offline assessments, create your assessment as normal or begin to edit an existing assessment. Navigate to Settings on the top right and check the box to the right of Convert to offline assessment.

You will be able to print up to 5 Test Versions by clicking the arrow in the box under Convert to offline assessment. Assessments versions will show the same questions in a different order if you used Static Questions or if you enabled Pool Questions it will generate different versions. Additionally, you will still have the option to shuffle your question order. Once you’re happy with your offline assessment settings, click Save at the bottom of the page. 

In your Course Outline, you’ll see that Offline Tests are clearly specified with a label to the left of the assessment title.

To print the assessment from your course outline, click on the three dots to the right of your offline assessment. Then click View and Print.

On the next page, select which version of the assessment you’d like to print. If you chose to have one version of the assessment, you will only see one assessment version. 

Note: you will not be able to access the same versions of these assessments again after closing this print window. We recommend downloading and saving a version when you first access it.

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