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Tests, Surveys, and Pools

You can use tests and surveys to measure student knowledge, gauge progress, and gather information from students. You create tests and surveys and then deploy them in a course area. When you add a test or survey to a content area, it is "deployed."

You assign points to test questions for grading evaluation, but survey questions are not scored.

Survey results are anonymous, but you can see whether a student has completed a survey and view aggregate results for each survey question. To learn more, see Test and Survey Results.

Before You Begin

Consider the following questions when you create an assessment:

  • Do I need a test or survey?
  • Are special instructions needed?
  • How many questions?
  • What type of questions?
  • For tests, what is the point value associated with each question?
  • Will partial credit be acceptable for some or all test questions?
  • Are some test questions very difficult and may count as extra credit?

Wired Connections Are Best

Remind your students that it is best to take tests using a wired connection. Wireless connections are more prone to network issues. The stability of the signal depends on how long and how much bandwidth users draw, similar to 4G phone data connections.

About Creating Tests and Surveys

After you add a test or survey to a content area, properties such as availability and presentation options are managed there. To learn more, see Create Tests and Surveys.

After you add a test or survey to a content area, the Test Options or Survey Options page appears. To learn more, see Deploy Tests and Surveys.

You can view and grade tests submitted by students in the Grade Center. You cannot view or grade them  from the content area where they are deployed.

Specify Question Settings

Before you begin adding questions, you can change the test or survey's question settings. Question settings include options to change default point values for a test, add images, files, or web links to answers, and designate questions as extra credit.

To learn more, see Question Settings.