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Tests, Surveys, and Pools

This is the area where you can build or import a test, survey or pool.

  • Tests - Tests are sets of questions that are graded to measure student performance. Once a test is created here, it must be deployed within a content folder before students can take the test. Test results are reviewed in the Grade Center. Note that some question types are not automatically graded.
  • Surveys - Surveys are not graded. They are useful for gathering data from students that is not used to evaluate student performance. Surveys must be deployed in a content folder for students to respond to the survey.
  • Pools - Pools are sets of questions that can be added to any Test or Survey. Pools are useful for storing questions and reusing them in more than one Test or Survey.

Build a Test/Survey/Pool

1. Control Panel >> Course/Organization Tools >> Test, Surveys, and Pools.

2. Click the Build Test/Build Survey/Build Pool button.

3. Type a Name for the Test. This is a required field. The name is the title text that appears in the Content Area.

Note: If the name of a Test is changed after it has been created, the Grade Center Column for that Test must be manually edited to reflect the new Name. This does not occur automatically.

4. Enter a Description in the Text Box. The description is visible to student/participants before they click on the link to take the Test. This is a good place to explain Test Options that affect students/participants, such as whether the Test must be completed in one sitting, whether the Test can be taken more than once, and other information important to before they take the Test.

5. Enter Instructions in the Text Box. Instructions appear when the test is launched. Test Settings always appear under the Instructions when a student/participant launches the Test, but at that time, the Test has already begun.

Once the Test Information is submitted, the Test Canvas will open. Use the Test Canvas to build the test.

The Test Canvas allows instructors/leaders to add and edit questions, add Question Sets or Random Blocks, reorder questions, and review the test before deploying it to users.

Creating and Editing Questions

  • New questions can be created by using the Create Question drop-down list.
  • Questions can also be added to the test from a local file by clicking the Upload Questions button.
  • The text of each individual question is displayed on the Pool Canvas. Linked questions are designated by a globe icon next to the question.
  • Questions can be edited or deleted by selecting them individually or by using the Question Type drop-down list.
  • Questions can be edited by selecting Edit from the Contextual Menu.
  • Linked questions are edited in the original test, survey, or pool. Users making changes to linked questions will receive a message warning that these changes will appear everywhere the question appears.


Rubrics can be added to Essay, File Response, and Short Answer questions and used for grading. Questions of these types with associated rubrics display an icon next to the question to indicate the association. Rubrics may be associated with these question types during creation or editing.

Find Questions

Use this page to search for and select questions to be added to the test.

Create Random Block

Random Blocks are groups of questions based on a set of criteria that can be presented in a random fashion determined by the instructor.

Create Question Set

Question Sets are groups of explicitly chosen questions that can be presented in a random fashion determined by the instructor.

Question Settings

Use Question Settings to establish default options, such as feedback and images, that are available for question creation.

Ordering Questions

New questions are added to the end of the Test. Reorder items by pressing and dragging the question's double arrow icon, or use the Keyboard Accessible Reordering tool.

Questions are automatically numbered in the order they are added, and the question numbers will update when items are reordered or randomized. For this reason, use caution when referring to specific question numbers in the question text.

This article was updated: 05/8/2017