Tests and Quizzes: Taking Tests (Ultra)

When to Use?

Instructors use tests to assess your knowledge of course content and objectives. Your instructor assigns point values to questions in a test. You submit your test for grading and the results are recorded. You can view your grades when your instructor makes them available to you.

Procedure

Where do I access tests?

You can access tests from multiple areas, including both in and outside your courses. For example, you can access tests in the activity stream or in the calendar if your instructor added due dates.

Test notification in the activity stream

If the due date has passed for a test, you’re alerted in the Important section of the activity stream.

You can also find tests on the Course Content page. Your instructor may also organize tests in folders and learning modules. Surveys aren't supported in the Ultra Course View at this time.

Your instructor may create groups or ask you to self-enroll for group tests. Learn more about how group assessments work in the group assignments topic.

Take a test dialog box with View Assessment link to access the test.

After you select a test, the Details & Information panel appears. View the due date, number of attempts allowed, the time limit if imposed, and possibly goals and a rubric for grading. Check if the due date has passed and if any submissions are or will be late.

Access code

Your instructor may require a 6-digit access code. Instructors issue the access codes, but they might have another person, such as a proctor, deliver the codes. After you type the code, you can open the test. You can use the code to resume a test you saved. You don't need the code to view your grades and feedback posted by your instructor. If your instructor changes the code between attempts, you'll need to ask for it again.

Test setting panel open focused on the assessment security section

Ready to start?

If no time limit exists, you can view a test and you don't have to submit it. When you select View assessment, you can just view the test or add some work. Not ready to submit? Select Save and Close in the panel. If you previously started the test, your work was saved. Select View assessment to resume working.

If your instructor added a time limit, it appears alongside other test details on the Course Content page. You'll also see the time limit on the test's Details & Information panel and within the test, as you work. You'll see Start attempt instead of View assessment. When you select Start attempt, you'll receive a pop-up window to start the timer before you can access the test. If you're not ready to start, select Cancel. After you start, the test auto-submits when time is up.

Take a test with a time limit

Late work

After the due date has passed and you open a test, you’re alerted that your submission will be marked late. You can view the alert in the Details & Information panel and on the test page. In the Details & Information panel, you can also see if any submissions are or will be late.

Details and information dialog box showing 1 attempt left and 1 submitted attempt.

On the test page, you can also see that you made a late submission.

Late submission notation on Test page.

If set up by your instructor, you may see zeros for work you haven't submitted after the due date passes. You can still submit attempts to update your grade. Your instructor determines grade penalties for late work.

Take a test

View the details. In the right panel, view all the information you need to complete a test-the due date, maximum points, and time limit and rubric details if your instructor added them.

Test details dialog box showing due date, attempts, and grading.

Type or choose your answers. You can use the options in the editor to format the text and embed images and attach files. If you view the editor on a smaller screen, select the plus icon to view the menu of options.

To use your keyboard to jump to the editor toolbar, press ALT + F10. On a Mac, press Fn + ALT + F10. Use the arrow keys to select an option, such as a numbered list.

View files. Your instructor may attach files that you need to complete a test.

More on viewing attached files

Add additional content. At the end of a test, you can add text and files that support your answers or add comments for your instructor. Your instructor can turn off the ability to add additional content. 

Not ready to submit? Select Save and Close to save your work and continue later. Your answers are saved on the page. When you return, you can resume working. However, if your instructor added a time limit, the test auto-submits when time is up.

Submit your test. Finished? Select Submit when you're ready for your instructor to grade your work. You can see your score immediately if all questions are auto-graded. When you submit, a panel appears with the date and time you made the submission. Your submission is labeled Not graded if it requires instructor grading. Select anywhere in the Grading section of the Details & Information panel to review your submission.

If your instructor allowed multiple attempts and you submit an attempt past the due date, the attempt is marked late. Any attempts you submit before the due date aren't marked late.

If your instructor allowed one attempt, you can't edit your work after you submit.

View attached files

Your instructor may attach files that you need to read or use to complete a test. Your instructor decides how files appear, such as inline or as attachments.

For video and audio files that appear inline, select the title to open them in new windows. You have controls for play, pause, and volume control. For video files, you can view the video in full screen. You can also download the file.

For media files that appear as attachments, open the menu. Select Download Original File to download images, Word documents, PDFs, or slide presentations to your computer. Select Preview File to open the file on the course page, such as an image.

For image files that appear inline, you can select an image to view it separately.

Preview and download file options for a test question

 

View the rubric

If your instructor added a rubric for grading to a test, you could view it before you open the test and after you start the attempt. Select This item is graded with a rubric to view the rubric.

Student view of grading rubric on assessment activity panel

If you want, you can view the rubric alongside the test instructions. You can expand each rubric criterion to view the achievement levels and organize your efforts to meet the requirements of the graded work.

Rubric details dialog box for a test

Timed tests

Your instructor may limit the amount of time you have to submit your test. If you have a time limit, it appears alongside other test details on the Course Content page. You'll also see the time limit on the test's Details & Information panel and within the test, as you work. You'll find a countdown at the bottom left corner of the screen that will let you know the remaining time in minutes and, during the last minute, the time you have left down to the last second.

Take a test with a time limit

When you select Start attempt, you'll receive a pop-up window to start the timer before you can access the test. If you're not ready to start, select Cancel.

If you see View assessment instead of Start attempt, the test isn't timed. You don't have to submit a test with no time limit when you open it.

Start timer alert with the option to cancel or start

If your instructor allows you to submit multiple attempts, the time limit applies to each attempt.

The timer keeps running whether or not you're actively working on the test. If you save a draft or leave the test window, the countdown continues and your work is saved and submitted when time is up. When you select Save and Close to return to the test later, you're reminded that the timer will continue.

Timer is active dialog box

The timer appears at the bottom of the window to let you know how much time is left. Your work is saved and submitted automatically when time is up.

Time is up dialog box when time runs out on a test or quiz.

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Article ID: 6849
Created
Mon 6/20/22 11:41 AM
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