Course Materials: Assessments (Students)


Assessments are a type of graded material used by instructors to evaluate their students' comprehension and readiness. Students can access their assessments from anywhere they can access other graded materials:

  • The Materials list on the main Course page
  • The Upcoming feed
  • The Calendar
  • The Notifications feed

To take an assessment from your browser:

  1. Click the name of the assessment.
  2. Click Start Attempt.
  3. Answer the questions appropriately.
  4. Click Review to review your answers.
  5. Click Finish when you have completely reviewed your answers.
  6. Click Yes to submit your assessment attempt. Click No if you need to continue a review of your attempt.

Taking an assessment

  • You can only have one attempt in progress at a time.
  • Learn more about submitting audio and video recordings to an assessment here.
  • For information about taking assessments on the Schoology mobile apps, see these articles for iOS app and the Android app.

Taking the Assessment

Click the question numbers along the bottom of the screen to navigate the assessment. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard tab and arrow keys.

Assessment student view

Depending on the type of question, different actions are available to you when answering them:

  • Button selector: Multiple choice and true/false questions, for example.
  • Drag and drop: Ordering, matching, and label image questions, for example.
  • Drawing tool: Highlight image questions, for example.
  • Math keyboards: Math short answer questions, for example.
  • Rich text editor: Short answer and essay questions, for example. Your teacher will enable certain formatting options and tools here. If you wish to insert an image, be sure to use the Image tool as you cannot copy and paste images.

You may also complete each of these functions with the keyboard Tab, Arrow, and Enter keys.

Assessments may be timed or allow multiple submissions. The particular settings of each assessment will vary depending on the instructor and the course.

As you answer questions, your work is saved automatically. Submit your completed attempts from the review screen. You can open the review screen at any time:

  • Click the Review icon review icon in the right margin menu.
  • Click Review in the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen from the last question in the assessment.

Review screen

You can also enable additional accessibility features from the Accessibility icon accessibility icon including changing the color contrast or font size of the assessment. Additionally, click the Full Screen full screen icon icon to view the assessment in full-screen mode.

Flag any questions for review with the Flag tool. Click the Flag icon flag icon within any question to add it to the flagged list. Click the flag icon again to remove a flag from a question. You can view all flagged questions from the Review screen review icon with the Flagged box checked:

Flagged items on review screen

Use the Eliminate Choices tool to rule out incorrect answers to help determine the correct one. Click the Eliminate Choices icon eliminate choices icon and click any answer choice to eliminate:

Using the eliminate choices tool during an assessment

Use the Protractor tool protractor icon to populate on the screen while attempting the assessment:

Using the protrator during an assessment

Use the Notepad notepad icn tool to take notes during an assessment:

Using the notepad during an assessment

Learn more about assessment-level tools here.

For subjective questions aligned with a rubric, the rubric icon rubric icon and link are displayed in the right margin which you can click to view the rubric:

Viewing a rubric in an assessment


Viewing Grades and Submissions

After you have completed the assessment, you can view grades for assessments without subjective questions (Short Answer/Essay type questions) in the Grades area.

Additionally, you can view your submissions from the assessments page. If your instructor has allowed for multiple attempts, the number of submitted and remaining attempts is displayed when you click into the assessment. For example, if you are allowed three attempts and you have already completed one attempt, you will see the following message: You have made 1 of 3 attempts. You have 2 remaining

Assessment student experience

The Previous Attempts table displays any previously submitted assessments with the following information:

  • Attempt: The number of the attempt, with the one most recently started at the top.
  • Status: Attempts will be In Progress or Submitted
  • Time Spent: Length of time you spent on the attempt.
  • Last Modified: The timestamp for the most recent time you made changes to the attempt, including month and day, year, and time. This can be helpful when an attempt is resumable and you want to see the last time you worked on it.
  • Action: If your instructor has enabled the permission to view submissions, click View to open a completed attempt, or Resume to open and continue taking an assessment in progress. Currently, all In Progress assessment attempts are resumable.

The submissions page displays the points earned over the number of points possible for each question, as well as the total points earned for the assessment:

Submission page




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