Assign an Advanced Assessment
This article will show you how to assign an Advanced Assessment.
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Written by Monica Burke
Updated over a week ago

You can assign an Advanced Assessment in two ways:

From Directly Within the Assessment

From the Drafts Assessments Page

Once you've selected Assign from either location, you will be taken to the Assigning page.

Article Table of Contents

See below for information on each section.

Section 1: Students

In this section, you will choose which students to assign the assessment to.

  • 1: Select the class or classes you wish to assign the assessment to. You can assign to more than one class at a time.

  • 2: Select the group or groups you wish to assign the assessment to. This is an optional setting. You can assign it to more than one group at a time.

  • 3: If needed, remove students from the list by hovering over their name and selecting the x button.

💡 Tip from the Otus Team: If you only need to assign the assessment to specific students, it might be easier to click the Deselect All button, then click on the students you'd like to assign the assessment to.

Section 2: Dates and Availability

In this section, you will determine due dates, start dates, and availability windows. All of these components are optional and not required to assign an assessment.

  • 1: Due Date: establishes a date and time for when the assessment is due. If students do not submit the assessment by the due date, it will be given an automatic status of Missing. The student will still be able to access the assessment beyond the due date if there aren't any availability windows.

  • 2: Start Date (assigning at a later date): allows the assessment to be auto-assigned at a certain date and time. The assessment will not appear on the student's notification feed or to-do list until this date.

  • 3: Availability Windows: limit student access to an assessment to a specific timeframe. Please use availability windows with caution, as assessments will auto-submit at the conclusion of the last availability window. See this resource for more information.

Section 3: Instructions

This is where you can give brief instructions for the students to see before they take the assessment.

  • You can type up to 5000 words using bold, italics, or underlining.

  • The second image above is an example of what the instructions will look like for the student when they start the assessment.

Section 4: Settings

Below are the default settings for an Advanced Assessment:

  • Include Score in Final Grade: this setting will be available for a points-based assessment only. Toggling this option off will still display the assessment grade in the gradebook for teachers and students to view, but the score will not be calculated into the student's overall grade.

  • Allow Post Grading Review: this provides the ability to return a graded assessment to students for their review.

    • Show Correct Answers: this setting is used in conjunction with Allow Post Grading Review in order to enable or disable the correct answer from showing during the review for each auto-graded question.

  • Randomize Items: presents the assessment items in a different order for the assigned students. This setting does not randomize the questions within the items. It only randomizes the order of the items.

  • Allow Student Annotation: features include the use of a notepad, sticky notes, drawing mode, and highlight tool. This option is only available in Advanced Assessments.

  • Lockdown Browser: while taking an assessment, students will not be able to navigate out of Otus until they complete the assessment and submit it for grading. It eliminates the ability to use external websites while taking an assessment. Note - The student must have the Respondus lockdown browser installed on their device in order to utilize this feature.

  • Texthelp Speechstream: this feature includes text-to-speech with read-aloud, translation, dictionary with read-aloud, picture dictionary, and highlight pens. This is a setting only available for Advanced Assessments.

  • Time Limit: how many minutes students have to complete the assessment.

Additional Scoring Setting for Standards-Based Advanced Assessments

  • Auto-Score Settings: This section only applies to Advanced Assessments that utilize Standards Based Grading Scales (Non-Points). With this feature, you have the ability to set the default mastery level a student receives for auto-graded questions. If you edit this setting after the assessment has been assigned, you will receive a message explaining that this only applies to future scores, not scores already collected.

Once you have completed all of the above, you are ready to assign.


  • How often does auto-saving of student work occur as they are completing the assessment? It takes less than a second to auto-save after any text is added or selections are made.

  • Can I unassign an assessment from an entire class? Yes. This can be done by following the steps outlined in this article.

  • Can I unassign an assessment from individual students? Yes. This is done through the Manage Assignees section. For more information, check out this article.

  • What happens to the student scores if an assessment is unassigned? Student scores will be deleted. There is a warning presented when an assessment is selected to be unassigned. Please unassign assessments with extreme caution, as the student data attached to that assessment cannot be restored.

  • What if students need to be able to take the assessment more than once, do I have to assign it multiple times? No. You can use the Allow Multiple Attempts setting. For more information, check out this article.

  • Can I assign the same assessment twice? Yes. A tip from the Otus Team - if you are assigning the same assessment twice, you may want to clone and re-name the assessment so you can distinguish between the two in the gradebook and in your list of assessments.

  • Can I make edits to the assessment questions or answers after it has been assigned? You can make edits to any draft assessment at any time, but those edits will not update the assigned version. You must unassign and reassign the assessment.

  • Can I change the settings as mentioned above in Step 4 after the assessment has been assigned? Yes. For more information on adjusting those settings, check out this article.

  • What is the difference between deleting an assessment and unassigning an assessment? Deleting an assessment will remove the assessment from your drafts completely. With an advanced assessment, the scores will remain in the gradebook. Unassigning an assessment will remove student scores, but the assessment will remain in your drafts for you to use in the future.

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