How do I set a pre-built assessment?

A pre-built assessment is an assessment based on a past exam or proficiency test, or which has been created by a teacher at your school. Pre-built assessments come with advanced marking rules and can include recommended remedial content. Students will answer these questions under exam conditions; they will have a time limit and will not see the correct answers until marking is complete.

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Click on Assessments from your Control Panel. 

Select New Assessment.

Choose Pre-built Assessment as your Assessment type.

Click Who? to select the class you want to assign the assessment to:

  • My Classes lists all classes of which you are a teacher. If you are assigning an assessment to classes that you don't teach, click on All Classes. You can filter to specific classes in the Search Classes box. 
  • Assessments can be assigned to several classes at the same time by ticking each class you want to sit the assessment.
  • Assessments can be assigned to specific students instead of an entire class; select their class, then  click Assign to specific students.

To select content for your students to complete, click What?

Browse to the content you want to assign, and click Select Exam or Confirm Selection

Click Assessment Setup to customise your assessment:

  • Set a time limit for your assessment by entering the number of minutes allowed to complete the test. Students will automatically be kicked out of the assessment when the time limit elapses.
  • Choose whether you would like the assessment to be marked by me (teacher) or by the student.
  • Choose when assessment results will be released.

By default, assessment results are released as soon as marking is complete. To withhold your students' results, change the option to When I choose to. To release results, see How do I change the visibility of student results?

  • Choose whether to Require students to enter an access code to start the test. This code will only be visible to you and other teachers in your school, and the students will be required to enter the code to begin the assessment. This means you can prevent students from sitting the assessment until they are in the examination room with you.
  • Decide whether to Allow multiple attempts at this exam, and if so, how many attempts are allowed. You will also be asked to choose whether students' last attempt or best attempt will be used to determine their grade.
  • Full Screen Monitored Mode helps prevent students from accessing other websites and resources during an exam by notifying you when a student switches to another tab or leaves the assessment. It is not a replacement for an invigilator on its own, but can help with classroom management. For more information, see How do I monitor my assessment?

To set a start and end time for the assessment, click When? Choose a start and end time for the assessment's availability. 

The time limit you selected in Assessment Setup is the amount of time students will be able to work in the assessment. If you make the assessment available for 1 day, but the assessment is only 30 minutes long, students will only have 30 minutes to answer questions, from the time they begin work.

The end date of an assessment is just when the last student can start work on the task. When the end date passes, any students who are still in the assessment and have time remaining will be able to continue working. 

By default, your students will be emailed with a link to the assessment, if we have their email address on file, and you will be emailed a report of your students' results when the end date of the assessment passes. To change these settings, expand the Optional Settings section and make your changes.

The email to students will be sent at the start time of the assessment, not when you create the task, and will not provide them with their access code to ensure that they can not start work until you are ready for them to begin.

Click Assign Task.