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|After creating items and saving them in your Item Bank, you can start building your assessment. We'll walk you through the steps to create a professional looking and user friendly assessment that's ready for your test takers.
In this article, you'll learn how to:
Set up blueprint
Click Assessments in the sidebar to open a page with an Assessment Groups index where all of your folders are listed. Assessments need to be created within a folder. Select a folder OR click the plus icon on the top right of the index to create a new one. Enter a name for the folder and click Save. Then click the plus icon that appears on the top right of the page to create a new assessment in your new or selected folder.
The Assessment canvas page opens. The default layout looks like the screenshot below. If this works for you, continue to Step 3. But if you'd like to make changes to the layout, click the pencil icon on the right of the canvas. This allows you to click and drag the numbered tiles to rearrange them so each section has the number of pages you want. Click the plus icon to add new pages and the remove icon to remove them. Once you're happy with the layout, click the save icon .
Now that your assessment blueprint is set up, you can add questions to each page. Just like the Item Bank canvas, the Assessment canvas has a toolbar on the left with components you can click and drag onto the canvas (if you need help setting up a component, refer to the step-by-step instructions in the Create Touchstone questions article).
But you can also click the Items tab at the top of this toolbar to switch to a list of your Item Bank folders. Select a folder to view the items you've created at the bottom of the toolbar. You can click and drag these items onto the canvas to save time. While there isn't a limit to the number of questions you can add to a page, try working with just one per page. This keeps things simple and makes it easy for test takers to complete the assessment.
Once you've added questions to the assessment, the final step before sending it out to test takers is to set up the properties of the assessment. How long will users have to complete it and how will they be evaluated?
Click Save on the top right of the page to open the Assessment Details overlay. Select the folder where you want to store the assessment and enter a name and description. Test takers will be able to see the name and description you give your assessment. Next select a scale. There are two to choose from:
Enter a time limit using the following format: hh:mm:ss. So if you wanted the time limit to be fifteen minutes, you'd enter "00:15:00". Test takers will have that amount of time to complete the entire assessment from start to finish. The timer begins counting down as soon as the user opens the assessment. If time runs out, the assessment is disabled and they can't continue working on it. The assessment is automatically submitted as complete once the time has run out, so users will still get their results.
Click Save once you've entered these properties.
Click the back arrow to return to the Assessments page. Find your assessment and click the 3 dot icon. Choose Users in the drop-down to open a list of the people with accounts on your site.
Select the checkbox beside each user you want to send the assessment to. If you'd like, you can set up a due date. Once you've finished making your selections, scroll to the bottom and click Save. You'll get an alert on the top right of your screen letting you know that the selected users have been notified. Those users will receive an email and a notification in Touchstone about the assessment. They'll also be able to access it on their "My Assessments" page.
When users are taking your assessment, they can choose to Cancel. This means they quit the assessment without results and they're no longer able to access and complete the assessment. You can see which users have completed or canceled their assessment in the list where you selected users to send assessments to. Return to this list and check the Status column. If a user's status is "Canceled" or "Completed" you can click their gear icon and choose Restart. They won't receive another notification, but the assessment will show up again on their "My Assessments" page.
To reassign an assessment, including sending a notification, make sure the user's checkbox is selected and click Save instead of choosing Restart in the gear icon menu. You can only do this for users who have canceled their assessment, not for those who have completed it.
If a user's status shows up as "In Progress" or "Not Started" and you want to cancel it before they complete the assessment, click the gear icon and choose Cancel in the drop-down menu.