How to Create an Assessment - New Portal Beta

September 20, 2016 Kelly Basara

1. Once logged in, click on the Course Name to select the course you wish to post the assessment to.

The page will refresh to display all posted and drafted exams. A Posted exam has been made available to active students enrolled in the course. A Draft exam has not been made available to students, and may be altered.

2. To create a new assessment, click the Create button in the upper right-hand corner of the list.

3. From this page, you will need to first designate the Assessment Title; This field is required to proceed. The Assessment Admins field is optional, but utilized for assigning other Admin Users access to your assessment. Alternatively, you may click the Browse All link to see a list of all admins within the current department. 

4. At this time, for Type of Assessment we only offer assessments built from your question bank. These types of assessments can be taken using Examplify for Windows & Mac, or Examplify for iPad. If the student is unable to use these programs on their machine, they can submit their answers for import via Scantron® bubble-sheet. Stay tuned, we'll be adding more assessment types soon!

5. Selecting the Type of Question Bank Assessment dropdown display a list of assessment types for your institution. This type is used for internal tracking purposes, and does not affect students or the content within.

6. Click Next to proceed to the next step. Or, click Cancel to go back.

7. Next, you will need to set the assessment options. From this page, you can build how the assessment will function and appear for the student(s).

Note, the options you will see selected on this page are default assessment settings. In the meantime, you will need to select the options you wish to enable for the assessment each time you're creating one.

8. In the top-left box, adjust the Total Assessment Points setting within the Scoring options.

  • The Total Assessment Points will determine the maximum score a student can earn for this assessment.
  • The Display Scores on Exit settings are optional, and will display either the student's Percentage or Raw Score after their assessment is complete. Note: either of these scoring options will not include any essay scores.

9. Below the Scoring section is the Options to Enable section. These settings will change the behavior of Examplify during the assessment, and include additional exam features that may be necessary or beneficial for students during their assessment. To learn more these settings, click here

10. The Security Options settings will affect how Examplify will interact with the student's machine when loading into the assessment, as well as how the questions and answer choices are displayed within the assessment. To learn more about these settings, click here.  

11. The Font Override settings will allow you to change how the question and answer text are displayed within the assessment. Use the drop-down menus to change the font and font size for the Question Stem or Answer Choices. 

12. The Attachments section will allow you to drag-and-drop files or browse your hard drive for any documents, images, movies, or sound clips you wish for students to have access to throughout their assessment. 

13. Once you have set all assessment options, click Save & Continue in the upper right-hand corner to proceed. 

14. The page will refresh, and you will be tasked with building your assessment. The exam administrator has the option to build an assessment through either Blueprint View or List View.

  • If you would like to begin building an assessment with a Blueprint, select the green Yes option from the message on screen. The next message will confirm your decision of choosing Blueprint View rather than List ViewFor more information on Creating an Assessment Blueprint, click here.
  • If you would like to begin building an assessment through either manually creating questions or utilizing questions from your question bank, select No. A new message will appear to confirm your decision of choosing List View rather than Blueprint View.

15. Click the green plus symbol on the left-hand side to add questions to your assessment. Clicking this button will generate a new menu, from which you can choose to find questions or create new questions. Click Find Questions to search for questions to be added to the Assessment.

16. A new window will appear, and will allow you to bulk add questions, or add each question individually. To add a question, simply click its blue plus symbol; once selected, it will change to a blue checkmark. If you need to remove a question, simply hover over the blue checkmark of a selected question until the blue X appears; Click the blue X. The confirmation message will update with each successful addition or removal.

Clicking the expand icon  will allow you to add more columns to the grid if there are any not being displayed.

From this list, you can see the Question Type, Point Biserial, Difficulty Index, Last Modified date, Categories tagged, as well as Preview the Question before adding it to the Assessment. Once you've added all questions to the assessment, click Save to continue.

17. The build assessment page will now contain all questions added to the assessment so far. Once you've added all questions, you can now preview the Assessment Stats before clicking Continue. At this point, your assessment is still in Draft mode, and any changes can still be made.

By default, each question's weight is set to 1 when added to an assessment. If you need to adjust a question's weight, navigate to the Build Assessment sub-tab, and click the Edit icon for the question's that need to have weight changed. Within the slide-out window, you may enter the new weight.

18. At the top of the screen, you will see the assessment's title, assessment ID, owner, type, and number of questions for the assessment. Below this, you will see the total number of points available for this assessment, a brief overview of assessment settings and options, secure or non-secure symbol, number of questions, estimated time to complete versus the time limit (if imposed), and average point biserial and item difficulty.

19. Beneath this bar, to finalize your assessment you will need to set the Post Assessment Settings. All required fields are marked with a red asterisk. To learn more about the post assessment setting options, click here

20. Once you are satisfied with all of the settings, click Finalize to post the assessment to the selected student(s). The system will ready itself, and you will be asked to confirm the posting. Click Post to confirm, or Make Changes to return to the editing process.

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