Define Assessment Settings

Define Assessment Settings

The Assessment Settings determine how the student will interact with the assessment, such as whether the student will be able to repeat the exam, and whether the assessment should have a time limit.


Select the Assessment template. This determines the settings, such as number of attempts the student is allowed and the randomization of questions. The template types are: Pretest, Check for understanding, Gate, Quiz, Review/Remediation, Unit Test, Final Exam, and Custom.


The Default question score is 1. All questions added to the exam will default to a score of 1, but this can be overriden for an individual question. To change the default score, type the desired score in the box.


The Questions per page allows you to specify how many questions you want to show per page on the assessment.


To specify a time limit for the assessment, enter the number of minutes in the Time Limit box. When the student takes the assessment, he or she will have the specified number of minutes to complete the assessment. A clock will display on the screen, counting down to inform the student of the number of minutes remaining. Once the time limit has been reached, the assessment will automatically submit.


To specify a limited number of attempts for the assessment, select the number of attemtps from the Number of Attempts box.


The Score attempt box allows you to choose which student attempt will be the one that will ultimately appear in the gradebook.


To specify a the minimum number of attempts on the assessment, enter a number in the Attempt minimum box.


The Security Level of the assessment determines how it is accessed and graded.

  • Client-graded assessments are graded by comparing encrypted answers against the student response in the browser client.
  • Server-graded assessments are graded by submitting the answers up to the server, which grades the assessment.
  • Password protected assessments require students to enter a password before they can begin taking the assessment and are graded on the server. These are typically used for high-stakes assessments, such as major or final exams.
From the Security level list, select the appropriate level for the assessment.


In addition to allowing students to save their work and continue the assessment later, course authors can now allow students to print assessments while the students are taking the assessment. If you need to see the student's work in answering a question, such as on a math assessment, then checking this box will allow the students to print the assessment so they can write down their work.


You can decide on two randomization options to limit students cheating on assessments. The first option, Randomize question order, randomizes the order questions appear on the assessment each time a student takes the assessment.

The second option, Randomize answer order within questions, radomizes the order of the answers within each of the individual questions. The order will be changed each time a student takes the assessment.


By selecting the Require an answer to all questionscheckbox, students will be required to submit an answer to every question on the assessment.


You can also decide whether or not you want to allow students to reference their answers on previous questions. If you select the check box on the right, students will be prohibited from using the back button to view answers to previous questions.

Formative and Remediation Assessments

Formative assessments can be used to gauge a student's understanding of course topics before covering those topics in the couse. Formative assessments are generally used as pre-tests that can be created in BrainHoney similar to normal assessments. If objectives have been align in the course, formative assessments excludes those objectives that the student has already mastered. If necessary, the grade can be included in the final grade of the class. To the teacher, a formative assessment shows with a gray score in the gradebook

Remediation assessments function similar to formative assessments, except that remediation assessments are generally used at the end of the course as an ungraded review of the students' learning. Remediation assessments are used to review topics and objectives that the student should already know.

Assessments can be set to Formative, Remediation, or both.

Auto Start

When selecting Auto Start, BrainHoney automatically start the assessment when the student navigates to the item. If the student has already taken assessment, BrainHoney displays the review page with a button to retake the assessment, if available.

Student Review Settings

You can specify the information that students can view when they've completed the assessment. The options for each drop down box are:
  • Always
  • Never
  • After Minimum Attempt
  • When Answered Correctly
  • After Due Date
  • After Score Visibility Date

The default is "Always."

Question Pool

BrainHoney allows you the option of using a question pool, containing more questions than are required to complete the exam, so that each student will have a unique test built of random questions. To use a question pool, click to select the Question pool checkbox.

In the Desired number of questions box, enter the number of questions that will be presented to the student when the student takes the assessment.

Specify the parameters to determine how the questions are selected for the assessment:

  • Number of questions per each objective
  • Number of questions per group (if you use the Advanced Question editing feature, you may assign questions to Question Groups when you create the questions)
  • Number of each type of question (for example, multiple choice or multiple answer)

Next Step: Add Questions to the Assessment

Click the Add Questions tab to open it.

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