With Connect’s Test Builder tool you create tests that can be printed or administered within your learning management system (LMS). A cloud-based application, Test Builder allows you to configure content easily to match your needs, including, among other things, the ability to:
- pinpoint relevant material through robust filtering options
- manipulate question order and scramble questions/answers
- adjust point values
- determine treatment of algorithmic questions
- choose layout and spacing
- configure default settings
Test Builder also provides a secure interface for better protection of content, and just-in-time updates that flow directly into assessments.
To access Test Builder, sign into Connect, open your desired course and section, click the Library tab (A) and select the Test Builder option (B).
Click go to test builder (A). The tool will open in a separate browser tab.
Click + Create New (A).
Click +Add question (A) to begin reviewing and adding questions to your assessment. It’s also good practice to name your assignment now (B).
To select a question folder and view the questions within it, double click on the title (A) or click the title once and then click Use source )B. For more information about the folder, such as total number of questions and question-type breakdown, click the information icon (C) next to the folder.
The question list appears on the left side of the page; your test on the right. To choose questions, you can use your mouse to drag them from the list to the test (A), or check off the checkbox (B) and click Add (C). Click Continue (D) to proceed.
Note that you’re also able to change the question folder from here (E).
Once you’ve added questions to your test, you can change the order of questions by dragging the dotted icon (A) to your desired location. Using the menu to the right of the question (B), you can also preview the question, pin it in a specific position or remove it altogether. You can adjust points as needed (C) and sort by question type (D).
To preview a question, click on the question tile in either panel.
The final step in creating your test is choosing the export format: either as a standard QTI with options for Canvas, D2L and Blackboard (this file format works for Moodle as well), or as a Microsoft Word document.
If selecting the QTI format (A), simply click Submit (B) after making the selection.
If selecting the Word format (A), you’ll have more options from which to choose, including scrambling questions, layout and spacing, page numbering, and headers and instructions display.
Note that you have the option to show the same iteration of algorithmic questions to all students even if the remaining questions/answers are scrambled (B). You can also sort by question type and customize question type headers (C).
Finally, you can save your selections as the default settings for future use (D). If defaults were previously defined, click Apply default settings (E) to apply them to your test. Click Submit (F) to create the test.
Once you’ve submitted your test, you’ll return to the Test Builder landing page, which lists all of the tests you’ve created. Your latest submission will appear as Pending (A) while it is created. Give it some time and then click the refresh icon (B) to download the completed test.
For more options, click the menu icon to the right of each test (C).