Canvas Assessments FAQs

Questions:

  1. How do I make a test/quiz in Canvas?
  2. What test/quiz settings are available in Canvas?
  3. Can I make surveys in Canvas?
  4. Can I make an assessment so that students only see one question displayed at a time?
  5. What question types are available in Canvas?
  6. How do I make test pools?
  7. How do I add an existing test pool to my quiz?
  8. Can I use random blocks of questions like I did in Blackboard?
  9. How can I randomize questions in a test pool for my quiz?
  10. I don't want my students to be able to see a quiz that I'm working on. How do I hide it from them?
  11. How do I add a rubric to a quiz?
  12. How do I clear a student's attempt for a test?
  13. How do I export/import quizzes in Canvas?

1. How do I make a test/quiz in Canvas?

Canvas offers several assessment options. Please note, if you wish to use question groups (random blocks) and question banks (question pools), we recommend you create those question groups and banks before creating the quiz itself.

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2. What test/quiz settings are available in Canvas?

In Canvas you can create graded quizzes (graded assessments), practice quizzes (ungraded assessments), graded surveys, and ungraded surveys.

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3. Can I make surveys in Canvas?

Yes.  To create a survey, go to the Quizzes menu item and create a quiz. In the Quiz Type section, you can make the quiz a graded or ungraded survey.

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4. Can I make an assessment so that students only see one question displayed at a time?

Yes. You can also lock questions after students have answered them and moved on to the next question so that students can not go back and change their answer choice for a question they have already answered.

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5. What question types are available in Canvas?

Canvas offers many of the same question types that Blackboard did; however, Canvas offers additional Formula and Simple Formula question options for requiring students to complete mathematical calculations.

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6. How do I make test pools?

You can make test pools (called Question Banks in Canvas) in two ways: You can create the Question Bank while you are making the Quiz, or you can make the Question Bank separately before you make the Quiz.  We recommend making Question Banks before you make the Quiz.

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7. How do I add an existing test pool to my quiz?

While you are on the Questions tab of any quiz, select Find Questions and you can then select which existing question banks you want to add to your quiz.

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8. Can I use random blocks of questions like I did in Blackboard?

You can easily randomize the questions that your students are given on an exam by using a question group or a question group linked to a question bank. Question groups are like the random block option in Blackboard, and a question group linked to a question bank is like combining a question pool with a random block in Blackboard.

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9. How can I randomize questions in a test pool for my quiz?

You can do this by making a question group that pulls a certain number of questions from a Question Bank.  For example, you would make a Question Group (let's say, 3 questions) to pull out of a Question Bank (let's say, 10 questions). Canvas will pull a random 3 questions out of that Bank of 10, ensuring that students won't be asked the exact same questions.  The question order will also be randomized.

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10. I don't want my students to be able to see a quiz that I'm working on. How do I hide it from them?

If a quiz is published and it is currently within the availability window you have set, students can see the quiz. To keep your students from viewing the quiz you can change the availability time to a later date, or keep the quiz unpublished so that students cannot see it.

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11. How do I add a rubric to a quiz?

To add a rubric to a quiz, follow the directions in the Canvas Guide article How do I add a rubric to a quiz?

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12. How do I clear a student's attempt for a test?

Unfortunately, there is no way to clear a student's attempt for a test.  Canvas was considering adding this feature, but ultimately chose not to (see Delete Quiz Attempts for more information).  Canvas doesn't believe in deleting historical information - they tend to err on the side of retaining records just in case you find you need those records later.  The workaround for this is to simply give the student an additional attempt on the test.  That's basically the same thing as clearing an attempt, except better - you get to retain the record of the student's initial attempt in addition to their second attempt.

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13. How do I export/import quizzes in Canvas?

You can export and import quizzes in canvas from the Settings menu on the left hand side of your course site.  When importing tests from Blackboard, make sure to use the "QTI .zip file" option.  This will bring over the test and the question pools associated with that particular test.

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