Before You Begin
Advanced Assessments are our most powerful assessment type, with over 60 available questions and the ability to have multiple questions presented at once. Items and questions are the building blocks of Advanced Assessments, while features are the "extras" you can add (like audio players and calculators). Once you have created your Advanced Assessment shell, it's time to begin creating items!
Example Advanced Assessment Item:
Create the Item
Step 1: Select the blue Create button.
Step 2: Give the item a title. This will be the name that shows in your list of My Items.
Many times, an item only contains one question. In the case that you want multiple questions related to the same topic, you can add multiple questions and features to the same item.
Step 1: After you've titled your item, select the + button to add a question.
Step 2: Choose from one of the categories of questions available on the left. Then choose the specific question type you'd like to add.
Step 3.5: We recommend saving your work as often as possible, especially if you are working on a detailed item. Now would be a good time to select Save! The first time you hit save, you will be taken back to your My Items list; that's ok! Just click on the item again to keep working.
Step 4: Link standards to the question by select Link Standards (optional). Please note that you are not able to attach different standards to individual questions. The standard(s) you attach to the item will apply to ALL questions in the item. If you have questions that don't relate to the same standard(s), you will want to put them in different items.
Step 5: Add additional questions or features (see below) as needed.
Step 6: Preview your item. Selecting Preview will allow you to see the item as the students will see it. It also allows you to answer the question to verify the scoring has been set up correctly.
Step 7: Save your item.
Add Features (optional)
What Are Features?
Features are used to enhance your assessments; they can appear in Items alongside questions, or they can appear on their own. Features are created using the Question Editor, in the same way that Questions are created.
Step 1: Select the gray + symbol.
Step 2: Select the Features tab from the top-left corner.
There are many layout options for items in Advanced Assessments.
Columns: Items can have a single column or two-column layout. These can be found in the Settings option when building your item.
Tabs: You can also use "tabs", which allows for pagination of the content within the item (see Example 3 below)
Dividers: Vertical dividers are also an option.
Take a look at the examples of various layouts below:
Columns: 30 | 70 Tabs: No Divider: Yes
Columns: 60 | 40 Tabs: No Divider: No
Columns: 50 | 50 Tabs: Yes Divider: No
Add the Item to the Assessment
Once you've built your item, select Save. If this is the initial creation of the item, the item will automatically add to the assessment.
If you need to add an item that has already been built to an assessment, follow the directions below:
Step 1: Find the item in your Item Bank
Step 2: Select the item.
Step 3: Select Add in the upper-right corner.
Each question in an item has its own scoring method, meaning, you can determine the scoring for each individual question in the item while you are building the question. To learn more about how to set up the scoring for each question, check out the article written for that specific question. You can find a list of those articles here.
In addition to individual question scoring, you can also determine how the item is scored as a whole. For more information, check out this resource.
This feature is assessment wide, not per individual question. This means that the level selected for Correct Answer and Incorrect Answer will be applied to all questions within the assessment.
A question is considered "correct" if ALL portions of the individual question are correct. Mid-level scale labels will not apply to partial correct answers. Questions are considered fully Correct or Incorrect.
Example: If partial credit is being applied and a student gets 3 out of 5 parts correct, they will be given the status of "Incorrect Answer".
FAQ and Troubleshooting
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Can I attach more than one standard per item?
Yes. You can link multiple standards to an item. Keep in mind, though, that those standards apply to all questions within the item. There is not a way to assign different standards to different questions that are in the same item.
How do I duplicate an item?
Select the arrow to the right of the blue Save button while building the item, then select Duplicate. For more information, click here.
Can I duplicate a question within an item?
No; you can duplicate the item as a whole, but you are not able to duplicate or clone an individual question within an item.
How do I rearrange the order of the items on the assessment?
Use the up/down arrows to the right of the question while viewing the assessment builder.
Can I use the same item on multiple assessments?
Yes. Keep in mind, though, that if you make edits to the item, those edits will appear on any assessment that item is used in (since it is the same item)
How do I make a two-column layout?
From the Settings menu, select one of the options for a two-column layout.
How do I add a passage?
Select Passage from the list of available features. Click here for more information on how to add and use passages with Advanced Assessments.
Can I put a passage and questions side-by-side?
Yes. Learn how to do that here.
How do I change the font size or font style of the questions in the item?
You can change the font size two ways. You can use the size selector while building the question, or you can scroll down to the More Options section and select a font size under Layout. To see more details on how this is done, reference the article written for the specific question you are building.
How do I add question numbers?
Manually type the question number into the question while building. Questions are not automatically numbered.