Tests & Quizzes

What Does It Do?

The Tests & Quizzes tool helps professors conduct asychronous online assessments. It offers many useful features: timed tests, auto-grading and feedback for objective-style questions, randomization of questions or answers, and much more. And there are many available question types, such as multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, matching, and more.

Whether you are looking for a formative or summative assessment tool, Tests & Quizzes can deliver.

How You Can Use It

  • Promote student preparation (or even take attendance) through small quizzes before or at the beginning of a class session.
  • Administer surveys to evaluate student attitudes or even conduct midterm course evaluations to help guide your instruction.
  • Use it more traditionally as an assessment tool for an exam to measure various levels of student learning, ranging from recalling information to demonstrating critical thinking.


  • Always offer students a practice quiz before administering a high-stakes exam. This will help them feel comfortable with the format of the online assessment and also help you iron out any wrinkles.
  • Use a guest account or enroll a colleague as a "student" in a class to review an assessment before you release it to your students.
  • Sign up for a one-on-one consultation to learn more about the tool and how it can meet your assessment goals.


  1. Click the tab for the course or project site.
  2. Click Tests & Quizzes in the tools menu. If the tool is not listed, add it via Site Info > Edit Tools.Sakai 12 Tests & Quizzes Tool Image
  3. In the Assessment Title text box, enter the name of your test or quiz (e.g. Quiz 1).
  4. Select "Create using assessment builder."
  5. Click Create.Sakai 12 Tests & Quizzes Tool Create from Scratch Image
  6. Select the type of question you would like to use from the Question Type drop down list. Note: you can view more detailed guides on question types by clicking hereSakai 12 Tests & Quizzes Tool Select Question Type Image
  7. Fill out the form. As an example, we'll use "Multiple Choice" and "Single Correct."
    • Enter the "Answer Point Value" for the question (e.g. 2).
    • Enter the "Question Text."  For example: "What color is the sky on a cloudless day at the equator?"
    • Enter answer values in each box. To remove one of the option boxes, click the respective "Remove" link. To add additional choice boxes, use the "Insert Additional Answers" drop-down list and select the desired number.
    • Select the "Correct Answer" in the radio button next to the correct answer.
    • (Optional) Select whether to "Randomize Answers." We recommend this to display a different order of answers to each student.
    • (Optional) Enter any optional feedback to offer automated guidance to the student after after assessment feedback has been released.
  8. Click Save when finished.Sakai 12 Tests & Quizzes Tool Save Question Image
  9. Continue to add questions to your exam. Note: you can leave and come back to your assessment draft at any time. 
  10. When you have finished adding questions, click "Settings." Note: you may see more detailed guides and notes on assessment settings by clicking hereSakai 12 Tests & Quizzes Tool Settings Option Image
  11. Within the "Availability and Submissions" drop-down tab, be sure to establish the following:
    • Submissions. Set the number of submissions allowed (e.g. 1). 
    • Delivery Dates. Set the "available" and "due" dates. Will you allow late submissions to be accepted? If "yes," then adjust the "until" date/time accordingly. 
    • Timed Assessment. Decide whether there is a time limit on the assessment. This is a fixed time and once the student begins the exam, the clock starts. To specify a time limit, click the "and has a time limit of" checkbox and then specify the hours and minutes. Tip: For timed assessments, we recommend allowing late submissions to be accepted. This way, a student that begins the assessment 5 minutes before the deadline will have a chance to complete the entire assessment without an error.
  12. Within the "Layout and Appearance" drop-down tab, we generally recommend:
    • Random access to questions from a Table of Contents
    • Each Question is on a separate Web page, and
    • Continuous numbering between parts
  13. On the "Grading and Feedback" tab, make note of the following items:
    • Decide on whether to send grades to the Gradebook tool. 
    • Decide on feedback authoring (question-level, selection-level, or both).
    • Decide on feedback delivery (this is critical!). We recommend "Feedback will be displayed to the student at a specific date" and set a date a few days after the deadline so you have time to offer make-up exams to students who are absent due to illness or other excuses. Never select "Immediate Feedback" unless you are creating a practice exam and want students to see answers during the exam.
    • Decide on what feedback will be shared with your students. We recommend selecting all options except statistics and histograms.
  14. Click Save Settings and Publish.Sakai 12 Tests & Quizzes Tool Save Settings & Publish Image
  15. Confirm that you're ready to release and publish the test. NOTE: Once students begin the assessment you will not be able to edit questions or point values.
  16. Click Publish. Be sure to mark if you would like to notify your students that this test or quiz is now available.Sakai 12 Tests & Quizzes Tool Publish Image

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