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The last step to building your test is deciding how you'll score it. The evaluation can be very detailed, or you can choose to keep it simple.
- Scoring options
- Scoring with no scale
- Using one scale for the entire test
- Assigning scales by competency/knowledge area
Once you've finished adding items to your test, click the Properties button.
Scroll to the Scales section. There are three options:
- No scale: one percentage based on the number of points scored correctly.
- One scale for the entire test: select a scale to specify what's a pass or fail on your test and to give users more information about their score.
- Assign scale by competency/knowledge area: this option is only available if your test has questions associated to competencies or knowledge areas. You'll see a list that groups questions by competency and by level or by knowledge area. For each of these groups, you can assign a scale.
Scoring with no scale
Selecting no scale assigns one overall score to your test. The Response components on your test all have a number of points assigned to them. The total number of points someone can score is the total number of points assigned to items on the test.
We support partial scoring for the choice component, so you can assign a different number of points to each choice. Other components currently only support one correct answer, so if a user user answers incorrectly, they'll lose all of the points assigned to the component.
Using one scale for the entire test
Selecting one scale for the entire test still only provides one score, but now you can define that score. Is 50% a pass? Is 80% better than average or does it just meet your requirements? This might be different for each test, and you can customize what those scores mean using a scale.
Select a scale that’s already created to see its levels and then select the minimum level required to pass the test. If you don’t see a scale that works for your test, follow these steps to create your own:
Go to scales
Scales are managed in Administration.
- Click the gear icon on the top right of your screen.
- Expand Features in the Administration menu.
- Click Scales to open the Manage Scales page.
Create a new scale
Click the Create Scale button on the top right of the page.
Fill out scale details
Enter a name and description. If there's more than one option in the Scale Type drop-down, choose Custom Boundary. Enter the number of levels. If you're just setting a pass/fail score, add 2 levels. For this example, we'll add 3 because we're going to break down the score into three categories: Below Standards, Meets Standards, and Exceeds Standards. Click the Create button.
Go to the Levels table
The Edit Scale page opens. Scroll to the Levels table where you can rename the levels and specify where each one begins and ends. We'll rename "Level 1" to "Below Standards" and change the upper boundary to 60.00%. The lower boundary of Level 2 automatically adjusts to 60.01%. Adjust the upper boundary of Level 2 to 80.00%, and the rest is done for you.
Edit level names and boundaries
After naming the levels and adjusting their boundaries, the table looks something like this:
Select the scale and a level on your test
Your scale is ready to use. Return to your test, click the Properties button, and select "One scale for the entire test". Select the scale you just created in the drop-down.
In this example, we're considering 60% a pass, so we'll select Level 2 (60%-80%) as the minimum target level. This means a score below 60% fails the test.
Assigning scales by competency/knowledge area
Selecting this option opens a list of the competencies or knowledge areas assigned to the items on your test. We might have a test with some question item that are associated to the Adaptability competency at level 2. But how do we know the score you need to prove you're at level 2? That's what the scale is for.
Just like when we used one scale for the entire test, the lower boundary of the level you select is the passing score. But this score is just for Adaptability at level 2. Users will get a score for each competency or knowledge area on the test. These detailed results tell them more about their strengths and areas for development than one overall score could.
Follow the instructions in the Using one scale for the entire test section to create a new scale.