Taking a Test

Taking a Test

Tests are part of nearly every course. Once you have taken the test, you may receive the results immediately (unless there are essay questions) or you may receive the results when all students have taken the test or the deadline was met and the teacher has completed reviewing the results.

Some tests may be taken more than one time. If this option is available, a Retake button will display in the Test window.

Tests are taken in the Course Viewer. Instructions, including the Due Date and the Time Limit (if applicable) display in the right side of the Course Viewer when you have selected the test. If the test has a time limit, you may monitor your remaining time in the lower left corner of the screen. Once you have started a test, you must complete it. Any questions that are not answered will be marked as incorrect.

Note: Your instructor may choose not to make the test available until a certain date to ensure that all students have the same amount of time to start and complete the test. In this case, the Start button will not be active until the test is available.


From the Home Page, under the course title, click the View link. The Course Viewer displays.


Click the folder to reveal the activities. Click the Test title. The instructions for the test display on the right side of the Course Viewer.


Read the instructions for the test. When you are ready to begin, click the Start button. Please remember that once you begin the exam, you must complete it in one sitting. Click Yes to confirm that you are ready to begin the test. If the test is timed, the remaining time will display in the lower left corner of the screen.


You can see the directions for the test at any time while taking the test by clicking the Directions button. The directions will pop up in a new window so that you can keep it open while taking the test.


When you have answered all of the questions, click the Submit button one time. Click Yes to confirm that you want to submit the test. Depending upon the options specified for the test when it was created, your results, the correct answers, and your responses may be visible immediately after you click the Yes button. If they are not immediately visible, you will have to wait until the instructor reviews and returns the test results. At this time, your grade will be returned, and your responses as well as the correct answers may be visible, depending upon how the test was configured.


If your instructor has specified that you may take the test multiple times, a Retake button will display on the assessment instruction screen.