Schoology Advanced Assessment Tools

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:

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.

 The Flag for Review tool appears to students in the menu on the right side of every assessment. 

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To flag or unflag a question, click the flag icon. The icon is blue for flagged questions.

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Flagged questions are designated on the review screen. (To navigate to the review screen, click the calendar icon at the top right or navigate to the last question on an assessment and click Review.) To revisit a flagged question, click the flag on this screen.

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

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.

The Eliminate Choices, or eliminator, tool appears to students in the menu on the right side of every assessment.

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

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

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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 no longer display.

Text Highlighting 

Students can use the text highlighting 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.

The highlight tool does not appear to students in the assessment menu. To highlight, students can click a single word or drag their cursor over a phrase, sentence, or paragraph. On touchscreen devices, students can highlight words by tapping or selecting them. All text is highlighted in yellow.

Screen_Shot_2017-06-12_at_1.09.45_PM.pngBy default, students can highlight any text in the excerpts of shared passage (currently available in AMP only), as shown above.*

The author must specifically designate any text outside of shared passages as “highlightable” (in standalone questions, for example). To allow students to highlight text that does not appear in shared passages, select the text in the rich text editor (RTE) of any question stimulus or response. Click the styling dropdown menu, then scroll down and select Highlightable.

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

* If you have existing shared passages that you'd like to enable students to highlight, contact your Schoology Implementation or Project Specialist to coordinate.

Calculator

Students can use a built-in calculator while taking an assessment. If you enable a calculator, the calculator icon displays on the menu on the right side of the assessment.

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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.

Screen_Shot_2017-06-12_at_3.19.30_PM.pngTo enable a calculator on an assessment, navigate to the Settings window of a managed assessment or to the Setup tab of a new assessment and chose either basic or scientific. Once you save this change, any students who start new attempts or resume existing ones are able to use the calculator. 

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Ruler

Students can use a built-in ruler while taking an assessment. If you enable a ruler, the ruler icon displays on the menu on the right side of the assessment.

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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.

Screen_Shot_2017-06-12_at_3.30.42_PM.pngTo enable a ruler on an assessment, navigate to the Settings window of a managed assessment or to the Setup tab of a new assessment and chose either 15 cm or 6 inch. Once you save this change, any students who start new attempts or resume existing ones are able to use the ruler.

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Protractor

Students can use a built-in protractor while taking an assessment. If you enable the protractor, the protractor icon displays on the menu on the right side of the assessment.

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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.

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To enable a protractor on an assessment, navigate to the Settings window of a managed assessment or to the Setup tab of a new assessment. Once you save this change, any students who start new attempts or resume existing ones are able to use the protractor.

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

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