Testing allows you to create and take formal structured tests that measure competencies and knowledge areas. Testing can also be used to set up quick informal or ad-hoc tests and surveys. The table below shows some of the differences between creating an informal and a formal test.
|Questions are created directly on the test.||Questions are first created as items in an Item Bank and then added to a test.|
|One person creates the test.||One person might create items while another person builds the test.|
|Questions are not reusable.||Items are reusable on tests.|
|Questions cannot be linked to competencies or knowledge areas.||Items can be linked to competencies and knowledge areas.|
|Answering questions does not update an employee's profile.||Profiles are updated with the competencies or knowledge areas a test taker achieves.|
|Test taking has no effect on career paths.||Test taking enables career paths. An updated profile allows the employee to compare their achievements with the requirements of a job in their career path.|
In this article:
1 Create items
- Click Item Bank in the main menu and click the plus icon to create a group.
- Click the plus icon on the top right of the page to create a new item.
- Enter a name and description and click Create.
- Click Save on the top right of the canvas.
- Drag components from the toolbar to the canvas.
- Click a component's pencil icon to set properties and assign points.
- Click Properties if you've added a response component.
- Select Competency or Knowledge Area in the Library type drop-down.
- Select a specific item and level. If you're linking a competency, you can specify the behavioural indicators being evaluated. Click Close.
- Click Preview to see how the item will appear on a test.
- Once you're happy with the item, click Save.
Check out the Create test items article for more detail.
2 Build a test
- Click Tests in the main menu and click the plus icon to create a group.
- Click the plus icon on the top right of the page to create a new test.
- Enter a name, description, and optional time limit (hh:mm:ss) and click Create.
Info: Check out the How time limits work article to learn more.
- Click Save on the top right of the canvas.
- Click the pencil icon on the right side of the canvas.
- Click a section tile to rename and set properties.
- Click and drag the numbered tiles to rearrange the test pages.
- Add questions to your test:
- Click the Items tab in the toolbar.
- Drag items you created in step 1 onto the canvas.
- Click the Components tab in the toolbar.
- Drag components onto the canvas.
Check out the Build a formal test article for more detail.
3 Set up scoring
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. Once you've finished adding items to your test, click the Properties button on the top right of the Test Canvas. 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 and to give users more information about their score. Check out the Scoring article to learn how to create a scale.
- Assign scale by competency/knowledge area: this option is only available on formal tests with questions associated to competencies or knowledge areas. You'll see a list that groups questions by competency or knowledge area. For each of these groups, you can assign a scale.
4 Dispatch tests and download reports
Now you can send the test to users in a dispatch. You can add multiple tests to the same dispatch. For each test, select users who will take the test (called subjects). Then schedule the entire dispatch with a start date, due date, and automatic reminders.
- Click Tests in the main menu.
- Select a group in the index.
- Point to a test, click the 3-dot icon , and select Dispatch.
- Customize the dispatch name and click Create.
- Click the plus icon on the top right of the page.
- Select a filter option to browse users.
- Select users as subjects and click the close icon .
- Customize the test and report options and click Save.
- Click Actions and select Add Test or click Schedule.
- Select a start date or Dispatch now.
- Select a due date and decide how often to send reminders.
- Click Dispatch.
Once complete, expand Reports in the main menu and click My Tests. Point to the test you've completed and click the report icon on the right side of the page. The PDF results download in your browser. To view reports for tests dispatched to other users, click Subjects under Reports in the main menu.
Check out the Dispatch tests and download reports article for more detail.