Course Materials: Tests/Quizzes (2023)

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Create tests/quizzes in your Schoology course to assess your students' grasp of the material or evaluate their preparedness for class. Each test/quiz is automatically graded (unless you've included a subjective question, such as a short answer/essay), providingyou with instant and powerful feedback that can help guide your upcoming lesson plans.

You can manually override grades, add comments, and customize a wide array of settings for each test/quiz.

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  • If you use Schoology Enterprise and there is no Test/Quiz option in your organization, please reach out to your Schoology representative.
  • The option to create a Test/Quiz is no longer available on Schoology Basic.

Create Tests/Quizzes

  1. ClickAdd Materials.
  2. SelectAdd Test/Quiz.
  3. Fill out theCreateTest/Quizform.
    • Set aDue Dateto place the test/quiz in theCourse CalendarandUpcomingarea.
    • Set aCategoryto include the test/quiz in your gradebook.
    • UsePeriodto choose a grading category from the drop-down menu.
    • Set aScalefor the test/quiz.
  4. ClickCreateto complete.

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    Tests/Quizzes can also be created within course folders, or added tofoldersafter their creation.


UseOptionsto turn on/off the following features:

  • UseIndividually Assign(Enterprise only)to only displaythe assignment to a specific member of the course or agrading group.
  • Published to Students displays or hides the test/quiz from the student's display.

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    UsingPublisheddetermineswhether students see the test/quiz on the courseMaterialspage. This is different from theAllow Attemptsoption in theSettingstab of the test/quiz, which determines when students can begin taking the test/quiz.
  • EnablingGrade Statisticsdisplays the statistics for the test/quiz to students.
  • EnablingCommentsallows students to comment on the test/quiz.
  • Copy to: Test/Quizzes can only be copied after all questions have been created and finalized.

Add Questions

To create questions:

  1. ClickAdd Question.
  2. Select a question type from the menu.
  3. Fill out the question.
  4. For multiple-choice or true/false questions, you can also add feedback:
    1. ClickShow Feedback.
    2. Add answer-level feedback in the text fields for each answer choice.
    3. Add question-level feedback in the text fields for the answer choices, labeledIncorrect Response FeedbackandCorrect Response Feedback.
    4. To hide feedback, clickHide Feedback.
  5. (Optional)Add alearning objectiveto the test/quiz question.
  6. ClickCreate Questionto complete.

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    • There is a limit of 200 questions per test/quiz.
    • Emojis are not supported in tests/quizzes.

Add Questions from Question Banks

Once you have a Question Bank in Schoology, you can build tests/quizzes with questions from the banks. You can add individual questions from a question bank, or you can add a random selection of questions from multiple question banks when you create your quiz.

To add individual questions from one question bank to a test/quiz:

  1. Create a test/quiz, or click on the name of the test/quiz to which you'd like to add questions.
  2. In the Questions tab, click Add Question and select From Question Banks in the menu.
  3. In the Import from Question Banks window, select Individual Questions.
  4. Click the Question Bank from which you'd like to import questions.
  5. Select the box of the question(s) you'd like to import. To import all questions, select the Auto-select button.
  6. Using Auto-select(optional): To insert a set number of randomly-selected questions from the bank. When you use the Auto-select feature, the selected number of questions are added to the test/quiz, and all students in the course receive the same set of questions.

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    1. ClickAuto-select.
    2. Enter the number of questions you'd like to add to the test.
    3. ClickSelect.
  7. Enter a point value for each question to set the number of points each question is worth. To set a consistent point value for each question, click theSet Pointsbutton and enter a value in the Points Per Question field.
  8. ClickAdd Questionsto complete.

To add a random selection of questions from one or more question banks to a test/quiz:

  1. Create a test/quiz, or click on the name of the test/quiz into which you'd like to add questions.
  2. In the Questions tab of the test/quiz, clickAdd Question.
  3. SelectFrom Question Banks.
  4. In the Import from Question Banks window, selectRandom Questions.
  5. In the Select Question Banks window, select one or more of your question banks to pull from. You can select as many as you’d like.
  6. ClickSelect Question Banks.
  7. In the Add Random Questions window, enter:
    • The number of questions that you want to generate from each bank.
    • How many points each question is worth.
  8. ClickAdd Questionsto complete.

Each quiz will contain the determined number of questions from the selected question banks.
Each student in the course receives a unique set of questions. Even if students receive a few of the same questions, they will display in a different order, so no test is alike. This helps maintain the validity of your quiz results.

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Having a question bank strategy and strict labeling system can separate good tests from great ones. Think about how your random tests might turn out if you organize your question banks by lesson unit, question type, learning objective, or even learner type (e.g., visual, auditory, etc.).

Import a Test/Quiz

To import a test/quiz from Blackboard 7.1-9.0, Edmastery, or ExamView, follow these steps:

  1. ClickAdd Question.
  2. SelectImport Test/Quiz.
  3. Select to import from Blackboard 7.1-9.0, or Edmastery. ExamView questions can be imported by first exporting them to the Blackboard format.
  4. ClickNext, and select a file from your computer.
  5. ClickImportto complete.


ClickSettingsof the Test/Quiz profile to adjust the following settings:

Instructions:The text you enter here will be accessible while students are taking the test/quiz. Use the Rich Text Editor tools to add multimedia content or attachments to the instructions.
Submissions:Specify if students can take the test or quiz, and when they have access to it. This is separate from the publishing feature on the test/quiz profile:

  • Enable:Students can open and take the test.
  • Enableuntil:Students can take the test until the date and time you specify in theUntilfield that displays.
  • Enablefrom...until:Students can begin the test after the date and time indicated inFromand before the date and time inUntil.
  • Disable: Students can not take the test.

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Thedefaultsetting for test/quiz availability isDisable.If your students canopen the test/quiz but theStart New Attempt buttonis not available, you may need to switch this setting to one of theEnableoptions.

  • Time Limit:Set a time limit for the entire test/quiz.

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TheTime Limitsettingdoesnotcontrol setting a time limit for individual questions.
  • Attempt Limit: Specify a limit to the number of times a student can take the test/quiz. If students can take it more than once, use theGrade Bymenu to select how to grade the test/quiz.
  • Randomize Order:Randomizes the order of the questions on each student's test/quiz,enabling you to give students a different version of the same test/quiz. SelectingYesignores page breaks, and students will see one question per page.
  • Paging:A quick way to set one question per page. Or, you can determine where page breaks fall in the test by inserting your own using theAdd Questionand selecting+Page Break. Then, on the test/quizSettingspage,selectUsing Page Breaksfrom thePagingdropdown.
  • Language Keyboard:SelectSpanishin this menu to provide a keyboard in the browser that includes Spanish accent marks that students can select while answering short answer and fill-in-the-blank questions.
  • Question Review:If enabled, students cansee an overview page at the end of the test/quiz where they can review their answers before submitting.
  • Resumable:Enablesstudents to resume an incomplete submission.
  • View Submissions:Enablesstudents to review their submissions (and whether they answer questions correctly or incorrectly) after submitting the test/quiz.
  • Hide point values:Enablesyou to hide the point value for each question. If you choose to displaythe point values and enable theView Submissions setting, the total point values display when students review their submissions.

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    Tests/quizzessave student answers automatically. Tests/quizzes can remain open for a maximum of 6 hours before the session expires. Make sure you tell students to exit the test/quiz and resume it at a later time if the test will take longer than 6 hours to complete.

Preview Test/Quizzes

You can preview the quiz from thePreviewarea. This feature enables you to check your questions and settings before you make the test available to students.

Grading Tests/Quizzes


Once your students take the quiz, the results are immediately cataloged for you from theResultstab of the quiz. This area enables you to review student submissions by student or by question. Use this in conjunction withView Statsto understand how your students performed on the test.

The default display of theResultstab displays submissions in theView by Student area. If your test/quiz has subjective questions, you must grade the test or test question manually for the student to receive a score.

To grade a test/quiz from theView by Studentarea:

  1. To grade the overall test, click on the asterisk, and enter a score.
  2. To grade a student's test/quiz submission, click theView Attemptsoption.
  3. If your test/quiz allows for multiple submissions, each submission displays with the selected student's name. To review a particular submission, click the gear icon, and then select View/Editfrom the menu.
  4. Enter a score for the subjective question, and adjust other automatically graded questions if needed.
  5. ClickSave Changes.
  6. Click differentstudent names to toggle to theirsubmissions.

To grade a test/quiz from theView by Questionarea, follow these steps:

  1. ClickView by Question to display a list of test/quiz questions. Here, you can click See Statsnext to each question to review question-level data about how your students performed on each question. The screenshot below displays stats on a multiple-choice question.
    Here, 25percent of students chosekeratinocytes, 50percent chosemelanocytes, and 25percent choseadipocytes. No students chose the correct answer, so the most points earned displays as0, and the average points earned is also0.
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  2. To enter a grade for a particular question, clickView Responses:
  3. Enter a score for the subjective question, or adjust the automatically graded question if needed.
  4. ClickSave Changes.
  5. ClickView by Questionat the top to return to the list of questions.

Unsubmit Attempt

To unsubmit a student attempt from theView by Studentarea:

  1. From the student's name, click the View Attemptsoption.
  2. Click the gear icon.
  3. SelectUnsubmit.

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    • Unsubmitting an attempt cannot be undone. If you have deleted an attempt and need to restore it, contact Schoology Support.
    • If a student resumes after the teacher has un-submitted their submission, the timer will not resume or restart.

View Stats

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SinceAdobe announced end-of-life support for Flash Player, Schoology is no longer using Flash technology. As a result, the flash-based graph in View Stats is no longer supported.

View Statsprovides key statistics for a Test/Quiz including:

  • # Grades:The total number of grades recorded.
  • Max Points:Total points possible for the quiz.
  • Highest Grade:The highest grade achieved.
  • Lowest Grade:The lowest grade achieved.
  • Average:The average for all grades achieved, or the Mean.
  • Standard Deviation:The amount of grade variation.
  • Median:The 'middle' grade.
  • Mode:The most common grade.
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