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Create an online test

1. Introduction

You can create an online test in MyBeckett to check student knowledge and give immediate feedback. Tests differ from surveys (another available tool), as you can add a point value to questions. Test results are recorded in Grade Centre.

This guide explains how to create a test. There are three main stages:

  • Create the test shell with name, description and instructions
  • Add questions to the test (create, reuse or upload questions)
  • Make the test available to students

2. Create a test shell

a. In the Control Panel, click Module Tools, then click Tests, Surveys and Pools.
 Create a test menu image
b. Click Tests, then click Build Test.
 Create a test image

Create a test menu bar

c. Under Test Information, type a Name and Description for the test, along with any Instructions for your students.

Important: If you plan to use question by question feedback, we have a standard description you can give your students which explains how they can view it:

“When your feedback is released by your tutor, you can view it by clicking Provisional Grades in the module navigation menu. Next, click the Test Name. This opens a screen displaying your attempts and marks. Click the mark you received and it'll take you to the feedback you received for that attempt.”

Important: You need to make the Provisional Grades link visible for students to access feedback.
d. Click Submit. Next, you need to add some questions.

3. Create questions

a. In the Test Canvas, hover your mouse over Create Question. Then click a question type (for more information about the question types, view our guide.
Create a test canvas menu image
b. Add a Question Title and Question Text, then complete the remaining sections.

c. The new question displays in the Test Canvas. You need to allocate Points for a correct answer. The default is 10 points.
 Create a test question options image

4. Reuse questions

You can reuse questions you've already created.
a. In the Test Canvas, hover your mouse over Reuse Question, then click one of these options:

Create a test reuse question menu image

  • Question Set: A group of questions drawn from tests or pools. Choose how many questions to present, and (if it's less than the total number of questions) it presents a random set of questions to students each time they sit the test. See our question set guide for more information.
  • Random Block: A set of questions randomly retrieved from a single pool, based on the type of question you specify and the number of questions available in the pool. (Random blocks can't be drawn from tests, or from multiple pools.)
  • Find Questions: Add any combination of existing questions in pools to a test. Choose whether to copy questions into the test (creates a new instance of the question that's protected from changes to the original), or link to the original questions so any changes are reflected in the test (useful if you regularly update questions). 
b. Complete the Create Question Set, Create Random Block or Find Questions section/s.

c. Click Submit. New questions display in the Test Canvas.

5. Upload questions

a. In the Test Canvas, click Upload Questions.

b. Click Browse, find and select the formatted text file. Click Open.

c. Type the Points per question and click Submit.

6. Add a test to a content area

a. In a content area, hover your mouse over Assessments and click Test.
 Create a test reuse question menu image
b. Under Add Test, select your test. Click Submit.
Create a test Add test image 1
c. Adjust the test settings:

ImportantPlease read our online exam guidance if you're creating a summative exam.

  • Test Availability: Options that you can choose include making the test available, adding an announcement for the test, allowing multiple attempts, forcing completion of the test in one sitting, setting a timer for the test, setting a date range for the test, and password protecting the test.

Test Availability options

  • Test Exceptions: If you need to provide different options for specific users or sub-groups, you can add them to the exception list. For example, for students who are allowed more time to take tests.

Test Availability Exception options

  • Due Date: You can set a due date for the test, with the additional option of preventing students from starting the test once the due date has passed.

Due Date options

  • Self-Assessment Options: Choose whether to include or hide scores in Grade Centre. 

Self-assessment options

  • Show Test Results and Feedback to Students: Decide when to show results to students, whether to include question scores, the answers you want to show, whether to include feedback and incorrect questions.

Results and Feedback options

  • Test Presentation: Decide whether you want to show the test questions All at once or One at a Time. We recommend only using All at once if you have less than 25 questions. You can also use tick boxes to Prohibit Backtracking and Randomise Questions.

Test Presentation options

d. Make the test available to students by clicking Yes next to Make the link available.
 Create a test Test options image
e. Click Submit.

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