ODE Help Desk

Deploying Tests


A test must be deployed to a content area before students can enter the assessment. This is a two-step process: adding the test to a course area and then making it available.

To deploy a test:

  1. Enter the content area in which you would like to create the link to the test, such as Course Content or Assignments.
  2. Hover your mouse over the Assessments button, then choose Test on the drop-menu.
  3. Select the test from the Add Test menu, then click Submit.
  4. The Test Options page is used to set availability and presentation options.
    • Make available to students: By default this option is set to No, which will prevent students from seeing the test link. Click Yes to make the test available. Display rules can be used to limit visibility to specific dates and times, if needed.
    • Multiple Attempts: One attempt per student is allowed by default. Instructors can also allow unlimited attempts or specify a number attempts. The score of the last attempt will be calculated in the grade center total by default, but all attempts will be saved and recorded within the grade center.
    • Force Completion: When checked, the test must be completed once launched. Students cannot navigate away from the test page or save their work and come back later.

      Note: It is strongly recommended to leave the Force Completion box unchecked and to set a timer instead. Should an issue occur during the test, such as a crashed web browser or power failure, the student can re-enter the test at the point of the last save and the attempt can be continued. The timer will continue to run even if the student is not on the exam page.

    • Set Timer: The box must be checked to utilize the test timer. By default, students are allowed to exceed the timer. They will receive a notification when the timer expires, but they can dismiss it to continue. Their attempt will be marked as late in the Grade Center. Check the Auto-Submit box to force the test to submit as-is when the timer expires.
    • Display Rules: Use the Display After and Display Until options to limit when the test link is available. Students will be allowed the full time to complete the exam as long as they start before the link disappears.
  5. Test Availability Exceptions provides options to allow alternate availability dates and/or time limits for individual students. This is helpful for students who need longer time limits for a test or for a student who needs to take a test early or late. For more information about test availability exceptions, please see following helpguide:
  6. If you set a Due Date for the test, you have the option to allow students to start the test if the due date has passed. Late attempts will be accepted but flagged as late within the Grade Center.
  7. Under the Self-Assessment Options heading, the test score is included in the Grade Center calculations by default. This box can be unchecked for practice and optional quizzes which will not count toward the final grade.

    Note: Do not check the box to “Hide Results for this Test Completely from Instructor and the Grade Center.” This essentially turns the test into an anonymous survey, from which individual answers and grades cannot be recovered.

  8. Test Results and Feedback are limited to displaying the Score per question by default. This is the feedback that students are allowed to see upon completing the test and when reviewing their grade in the My Grades section. You can also set up test feedback to be released in stages, such as to show only the score to a student after submission, but automatically reveal the correct answers to the test only after all attempts have been graded.
  9. Tests are set to display all questions at once by default. Instructors can choose to display questions one-at-a-time, and also to prohibit backtracking. The questions order can be randomized, regardless of presentation choice.
  10. Once all options are set, click Submit to finalize test deployment.

Changes to the test can be made by clicking on the options button for the test link, then choosing Edit the Test Options on the drop-menu.