Add an Assessment

Add an Assessment

There are three parts to creating an assessment. Once the assessment has been added to the syllabus, you must:

Specify the properties
Define the settings for the assessment
Add the questions

All instructional content is added in the Syllabus window.


In the Syllabus window, in the unit to which you want to add the assessment, click Add and then click Assessment. The Assessment box displays. There are three tabs in the Assessment box: the first tab is the Properties tab.


Add a title and description for the assessment. The title displays in the student's course outline, and the description displays in the Course Viewer window before he or she begins the assessment. Include special instructions or other information in the description.


To attach a file to the assessment, click the Add attachment link. If you attach a document, it will display below the assessment when the student views the assessment. This might be used if you want to provide a reference, such as a table of formulas for the students.


Click in the Due date and time box and then click a date to select a due date for the assignment. You may also specify a time. The due date will prompt the student on the student's home page as the date approaches.

You can also decide if you want to allow late submissions or use a grace period, specified in days, hours, or minutes. This will give students some leeway in turning in their assignment.


If the assessment will be graded, click to place a check in the Add to Gradebook checkbox.

The first option allows you to select which Category the assessment will appear in. The default category for any course is "Include." You can also select a relative weight in that category. If you want the assessment to be worth more, then specify a high percentage in the weight text box. If you simply want the assessment to be worth extra credit, just select the Extra Credit check box. Extra credit in BrainHoney works in much the same way that it would in a normal classroom. Only students who complete the assignemt and receive a score will receive credit for their work. All other students will not be penalized.

You can select a specific type of score entry. Options for the Score Entry include: Points, Rubric, Percentage, and Letter Grade. A grading scale for the assessment can also be specified, depending no how much you want to scale the specific assessment.

If selected, the checkbox for Restrict Score Visibility by Date will limit students from seeing their grade on the assessment until the specified date has passed.

Each of the following options can be selected or deselected to customize the specific assessment:

  • Score can be Dropped: Teachers and TA's can drop specific scores for students in the gradebook.
  • Include in Final Grade: This assessment and the grade that each student receives will automatically be included in the final grade.
  • Passing Score Required for Course Credit: Students must pass this assessment in order to receive credit for the course. If this box is checked and a student fails to pass the assessment, their final grade will show a "0%" until the assessment is passed.
  • Treat Unscored as Zero: Selecting this option will automatically assign students a "0%" grade on this assessment when the final grades for the course are submitted if the student has failed to submit anything.

If you want to specify a passing score for the assessment, simply enter that score in the Passing Score box. Alternatively, you can specify the Minimum Points Possible on the assessment.


Use the Score Mapping section, to map qualitative descriptors to the raw scores of the assessment.

The scaled scores can be either numerical, such as a standardized test equvilant, or descriptive text designating a relationship between other students.

For more information on using Score Mapping, see Add a Scaled Score Mapping


In the Visibility and Completion section, there are several options that you can choose for the file or website. You can decide whether or not you want teachers to see the file by allowing it to be visible in the table of contents. You can also similarly decide if you want students to be able to see the file. These options are checked by default.

You can also decide to restrict the visibility by the date or objective mastery. If either of these options are checked, you will need to define the date and/or objective set that will be required for the student to view the file.

You can also decide to set a password for the file. If you choose to specifiy a Password, you will have to manually inform your students what the password for the file is.


In the Completion section, you can decide on the criteria that will determine whether or not the student has completed the file. There are several options in the drop down list to choose from:

  • Views this activity for a specified time
  • Submits this activity
  • Achieves a passing score on this activity
Depending on your selection, you can specify a required number of minutes to view the file. You can also decide whether or not this file is optional to complete for the student by selecting the Student must complete before continuing checkbox.


All the objectives for this section of the syllabus are selected for this activity by default. Review the objectives to ensure that they apply to the assessment by opening the Objectives pane. If any do not apply, click to place a check in the Refine Objectives box, and then remove the check from any objectives that do not apply.


If you need to manually alter the item ID for the file, then you can do so by clicking the Change Item ID link in the Placement and Navigation section. However, in general, you should never manually change the item ID.

Next Step: Define Assessment Settings

Click the Assessment Settings tab to open it.

>>Next Step: Define Assessment Settings >>