Assessment-level Tools

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Instructors can enable one or more of a set of advanced assessment tools to provide additional functionality and interactivity for their students when taking assessments:

Assessment Toolbar

To make a protractor, calculator, or ruler available to students for specific questions within an assessment, use the Question-level Tools for Assessments.

Flag for Review

Flag for Review is a tool to help students remember which questions they want to go back to while taking a test. Instructors can’t see flagged questions, and they do not persist after students submit their attempts.

Enabling Flag for Review

Authors can enable the Flag for Review tool for specific assessments from the Setup tab of an assessment:

  1. Scroll down to Assessment Toolbar.
    AMP clients can navigate to the Settings window of a managed assessment.
  2. Select Yes next to Students can flag questions for review.
    For AMP, select Yes next to Flag For Review.

Once saved, any students who start new attempts or resume existing ones are able to use this tool.

Using Flag for Review

The Flag for Review tool appears to students in the toolbar on the right side of every assessment if it has been enabled. 

Flag for Review 

To flag a question for review, click the flag icon. When a question is flagged, the icon is blue. To unflag a question, click the icon again.

Unflag

Flagged questions are designated on the Review screen. To navigate to the review screen, click the review icon at the top of the toolbar:

Review icon

Alternatively, navigate to the last question on an assessment and click Review:

05_Review button on last page of assessment

To revisit a flagged question, click the flag on the desired question from the Review screen:

Flag review screen

If students flag questions, leave the test, and then resume it later, those questions remain flagged when they return.

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Eliminate Choices

Students can use the eliminator tool to rule out incorrect answers on the way to finding the correct one. Instructors can’t see eliminated answers and they do not persist after students submit their attempts.

Enabling Eliminate Choices

Authors can enable the Eliminator tool for specific assessments from the Setup tab of an assessment:

  1. Scroll down to Assessment Toolbar.
    AMP clients can navigate to the Settings window of a managed assessment.
  2. Select Yes next to Students can eliminate answer choices.
    For AMP, select Yes next to Eliminate Choices.

Once saved, any students who start new attempts or resume existing ones are able to use this tool.

Using Eliminate Choices

The Eliminate Choices or the eliminator tool appears to students in the toolbar on the right side of every assessment if it has been enabled. 

Eliminate Choices 

To eliminate possible responses while answering a question, click the eliminator icon. The tool is enabled when the icon is blue. Next, click any answers that you wish to cross out. To “un-eliminate” a response, click it again.

Eliminate Responses 

When you have narrowed down your choices, click the eliminator icon again to disable the tool and then select the correct answer.

Students can see any answers they have eliminated within the same session. This means that students can cross out answers, move on to another question, and still see the choices they crossed out when they return to the original question. However, if students exit the test and resume it later, any cross-outs made during a previous session will no longer display.

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Calculator

Students can use a built-in calculator while taking an assessment.

Enabling the Calculator

Authors can enable the Calculator tool for specific assessments from the Setup tab of an assessment:

  1. Scroll down to the Assessment Toolbar section.
    AMP clients can navigate to the Settings window of a managed assessment.
  2. Select one of the following options next to Students can use a calculator during attempt:
    1. Yes, basic
    2. Yes, scientific
      For AMP, select your choice next to Show Calculator.

Once saved, any students who start new attempts or resume existing ones are able to use this tool.

Using the Calculator

The Calculator tool appears to students in the toolbar on the right side of every assessment if it has been enabled. 

 

Calculator

Click the calculator icon to open or close the calculator while answering any question on an assessment. If students are answering a question that requires typing an answer, they must enter the answer directly into the response–answers do not automatically transfer from the calculator to the response field. Students can drag and drop the calculator to any position on the screen.

Using a Calculator during an assesment.png

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Ruler

Students can use a built-in ruler while taking an assessment.

Enabling the Ruler

Authors can enable the Ruler tool for specific assessments from the Setup tab of an assessment:

  1. Scroll down to the Assessment Toolbar section.
    AMP clients can navigate to the Settings window of a managed assessment.
  2. Select one of the following options next to Students can use a ruler during attempt:
    1. Yes, 15 cm
    2. Yes, 6 inch
      For AMP, select your choice next to Show Ruler.

Once saved, any students who start new attempts or resume existing ones are able to use this tool.

Using the Ruler

The Ruler tool appears to students in the toolbar on the right side of every assessment if it has been enabled. 

 

Ruler

Click the ruler icon to open or close the ruler while answering any question on an assessment. Drag and drop the ruler to any position on the screen, or rotate it to take a measurement over an image.

Rotating the ruler

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Protractor

Students can use a built-in protractor while taking an assessment.

Enabling the Protractor

Authors can enable the protractor tool for specific assessments from the Setup tab of an assessment:

  1. Scroll down Assessment Toolbar.
    AMP clients can navigate to the Settings window of a managed assessment.
  2. Select Yes next to Students can use a protractor during attempt.
    For AMP, select Yes next to Show Protractor.

Once saved, any students who start new attempts or resume existing ones are able to use this tool.

Using the Protractor

The Protractor tool appears to students in the toolbar on the right side of every assessment if it has been enabled. 

 

Protractor

Click the protractor icon to open or close the protractor while answering any question on an assessment. Drag and drop the protractor to any position on the screen, or rotate it to take a measurement over an image.

Rotating the ProtractorYou can enable the calculator, ruler, and protractor tools on the same assessment, and students can open them all simultaneously.

Using the Protractor, Calculator, and Ruler during an assessment.png

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Text to Speech

Enabling Text to Speech

Authors can enable the Text to Speech tool for specific assessments from the Setup tab of an assessment:

Note: This feature is only available if your organization is using AMP.
  1. Scroll down to Assessment Toolbar.
    AMP clients can navigate to the Settings window of a managed assessment.
  2. Select Yes next to Students can use text to speech toolbar with screen masking during attempt.
    For AMP, select Yes next to Text To Speech.

Once saved, any students who start new attempts or resume existing ones are able to use this tool.

Using Text to Speech

Students can the Text to Speech through a toolbar that displays within the assessment if it has been enabled. When students start an assessment, the toolbar displays in the upper right corner of the screen. It is expanded by default and can be collapsed by clicking the arrow icon.

Text to Speech

Above, the Text to Speech toolbar expanded in a student’s assessment attempt.

 

When the toolbar is expanded, students see the following options:

Text to Speech toolbar

Use the arrow button to expand or collapse the toolbar.

Use the pointer button to start speech in a particular place. For example, if you have already read a passage but want to hear the second section again, simply click the pointer and then click on the first sentence in the section to listen to it.

Use the play button to start reading from the top of the page, or to read a specific selection. For example, if you have already read a paragraph but want to hear just the second sentence again, simply select the sentence and then click the play icon to listen to it.

Use the pause button to pause and unpause speech.

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Speech started in either manner - played from the top of the page or started from a specific location on the page - will continue until the entire question (or item, if a passage is paired with multiple questions) has been read.

Use the stop button to stop speech that has started at the top of the page.

Use the screen masking, or line reader, button to shade parts of the page and guide students who are reading certain portions.

Use the settings button to customize the text-to-speech experience. 

The toolbar can be moved anywhere on the screen by clicking the drag handle and dragging it to the desired location.

Learn more about the Text to Speech functionality and Line Reader/Screen Masking.

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Highlight Text 

Students can use the Highlight Text tool to emphasize key information in the text they are reading while answering questions on an assessment. Instructors can’t see highlights and they do not persist after students submit their attempts.

Highlight Text

Enabling Highlight Text

Authors can enable the Highlight Text tool for specific assessments from the Setup tab of an assessment:

  1. Scroll down Assessment Toolbar.
    AMP clients can navigate to the Settings window of a managed assessment.
  2. Select Yes next to Students can highlight text.
    For AMP, select Yes next to Highlight Text.

Once saved, any students who start new attempts or resume existing ones are able to use this tool.

Using Highlight Text

The Highlight Text tool does not appear to students in the assessment menu. To highlight text, students can double-click a single word or drag their cursor over a phrase, sentence, or paragraph. On touchscreen devices, including the Schoology mobile apps, students can highlight words by tapping or selecting them. 

When the highlight option appears, there is a drop-down option to select from one of four colors (yellow, pink, green, and cyan). Students can switch between the four colors at any time.

Highlight Text Color options

If students highlight text, leave the test, and then resume it later, the text remains highlighted when they return.

Learn more about Text Highlighting in Assessments.

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Notepad

Students can use the notepad tool to take notes, create reminders or lists, and compose drafts during attempts on managed assessments and course assessments. 

Enabling the Notepad

Authors can enable the Notepad tool for specific assessments from the Setup tab of an assessment:

  1. Scroll down to the Assessment Toolbar section.
    AMP clients can navigate to the Settings window of a managed assessment.
  2. Select Yes next to Students can use a notepad.
    For AMP, select Yes next to Show Notepad.

Once saved, any students who start new attempts or resume existing ones are able to use this tool.

Using the Notepad

The Notepad tool appears to students in the toolbar on the right side of every assessment if it has been enabled. 

Notepad

Click the notepad icon to open or close the notepad tool while answering any question on an assessment. Type notes into the notepad and the notes will automatically save. You can also drag and drop the notepad to any position on the screen.

Using the Notepad during an assessment

Learn more about Notepad for Assessments.

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