Create: Test with Hints

This topic describes how to create a test with Hints, which allows students to view hints on questions while test-taking.

Note: In order to use Hints, the assessment has to be setup as a Practice or Homework type assessment.

  1. Select Tests & Quizzes from the left sidebar.

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  2. Select the My Test Library tab to see your tests.

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  3. Select the name of a test to open it, or create a new test by selecting New Test.

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    Note: If you need a step by step guide on how to create a new test, please see Create:Tests

  4. If you have opened an existing assessment, select Edit Test Settings to open the assessment edit page. If you are creating a new assessment, the Edit Test Settings page will be the first page you will see after selecting New Test.

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  5. Set the assessment Type to Practice or Homework.

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  6. Place a check in the box to the left of Hints which is found under the Policies section.

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  7. After all assessment settings have been finalized, save your changes by selecting Submit at the bottom of the page.

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  8. Next, you will create hints that are custom to specific questions. To create a question, hover over the Add New button, and select Question from the drop-down menu.

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  9. Select any question type from the Question type drop-down menu.

    Note: The Instructions Only question type cannot have a hint.


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  10. Complete the question information. Then scroll to the Hint section.

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  11. Add a question hint as Text or Upload File:

    • Text: Add a question hint in plain text. If you select the show tools option found under Hint, you will be presented with a text editor that will allow you to add a question hint in rich text.

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    • Upload File: You can upload a file that students will be able to access when they are taking the assessment.

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  12. Once the question hint is set, select Save Question or Save & Edit Next if you are planning to create more questions for your assessment.

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  13. To preview the question hint as it will appear for students, select Preview.

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  14. Navigate to the question that contains the hint. Select the word Hint in blue, just above the question text.  

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    • Plain or rich text hint:



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    • Upload file hint:



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  15. Close the hint box by selecting the white colored "x" in the right corner.


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