Creating Tests Using Pools

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Searching Pools and Tests

There are four overall steps in creating a test by searching pools and assessments:

  • Build the test
  • Specify the Question Settings
  • Search for questions from pools or assessments, or a combination of the two
  • Add the questions

Some of these steps are similar to routine test creation; we will focus on the differences.

  1. On the Test Canvas page, click the Reuse Question drop-down list on the Action Bar.
  2. Select Find Questions.
  3. On the Find Question Mode page, select to either Copy selected questions or Link to original questions. That is, do you want a new instance of the question or not.
  4. Click Continue.

  1. On the Find Questions page, select the Pools, Tests, Question types, Categories, Topics, Levels of Difficulty, Keywords or combinations to search.
  2. Use the Browse Criteria column to limit your search:
  • Expand the Pools, Tests, or Question types by click the down arrow icon.
  • Expand the Categories heading by clicking the down arrow icon.
  • Expand the Topics heading by clicking the down arrow icon.
  • Expand the Levels of Difficulty heading by clicking the down arrow icon.
  • Expand the Keywords heading by clicking the down arrow icon.
  1. Choose your selection criteria by checking parameters of interest. Those questions that meet the search criteria will appear in the Criteria Summary area of the screen.
  2. Check each checkbox for a question you want to add to the test. (NOTE: The Mode column will signify how the question is to be added to the test.)
  3. Click Submit to add the selected questions to the test.

  1. You are returned to the Test Canvas page and the selected questions are added to the test.
  2. To Assign, Edit, or Change the points for a question, just enter a new point value into the Points cell.


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