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2. Create exam

Exam ground rule: The exams in DigiExam require a title, subject and at least one complete question before they can be saved or used.

Find the library

The library allows you to create, save, and use exams.  You can find the library by pressing the "Open exams" button or the "Planned exams" button (see figure 1).


Figure 1

Open and planned exams are different exam types; they will be explained in detail in step 3 of the guide. The library is exactly the same on both the open and planned exam pages.

In the library, you will find all of your saved exams. The library also allows you to share, preview, edit and archive exams. 

Create exam

To create an exam, press the green button "+ Create new" at the bottom of your library (see figure 2).


Figure 2

Assessment types

Now you get to choose which assessment type you want to use for your exam. You can choose between score based grading or a formative assessment (see figure 3).


Figure 3

It is always possible to change assessment type by editing the exam.  Your old assessment will still be saved. You can see and edit which assessment type is used under the heading "Assessment type" (see figure 4). In this guide, score based assessment is used.

 

Figure 4

Preferences

Hover your mouse over the icon to see an explanation of the setting.

Assessment type

  • Score based grading - Set points for each question and set a final grade for their exam. Single and multiple choice questions are automatically graded for you.
  • Formative assessment - Use a rubric for a more detailed way of evaluating how students perform within different skills or criteria.

Student computer lockdown - In student computer lockdown mode, students are prevented from surfing the web or accessing other applications on the computer during the exam.
- Turn On for formal exams.
- Turn Off if the students are completing an open book exam or working on an assignment for which they are allowed to surf the web and use other applications outside DigiExam.

Anonymous exam - Student names are not visible to teachers during grading. Only users with the administrator role at your organization can remove anonymization.

Allow all students to use spell check - All students can use spell check during the exam. Spell check is activated by the students during the exam.

Randomize the order of questions - The order of the questions displayed to students during the exam is randomized. The order is restored when you grade the exam.

Randomize the order of alternatives - The order of the alternatives for each question displayed to students during the exam is randomized. The order is restored when you grade the exam.

Text direction: Right-to-left - Enable this setting for writing systems that are right-to-left, e.g. Persian, Arabic and Hebrew.

Exam rules

Exam ground rule: The exams in DigiExam require a title, subject and at least one complete question before they can be used.

The red text boxes "Title" and "Subject" are mandatory (see figure 5).


Figure 5

If the exam doesn't appear in the library after it's saved it means that some part of the exam ground rule is not fulfilled.
You will then see a red box with a question mark in it next to the "Save" button (see figure 6). Press the question mark to see what needs to be added for the exam ground rule to be complete.


Figure 6

Question types

Hold the mouse pointer on the "Add question" button to see which question types are available (see figure 7). Click on a question type to add a question to your exam.


Figure 7

There are three different question types: text question, single choice question and multiple choice question. All question types can be combined with images, add a picture by pressing "Attach image". You can also write notes on every question that can only be seen by the teacher. 

Text question (figure 8):

Text questions give the opportunity for students to answer in writing.  A text question is appropriate if you are asking a short answer, open-ended, or essay question. The answer can consist of text, numbers, and drawings (on most operating systems).  When grading text questions, it's possible to give the students direct feedback in the answer by using annotations (more on annotations in the grading article).

Text questions allow you to create a word limit for the student's answer (see soft and hard cap below). 

  • Soft cap means that the student has been given a word limit but is not cut off from writing if they go above the limit. Instead, the student gets feedback that they have gone over the soft cap through a word counter that turns red.
  • Hard cap means that the student is cut off and cannot write any more words as soon as the word limit is reached.


Figure 8

Single choice question (figure 9)

Single choice questions can have two or more answer choices/alternatives.  Only one answer choice/alternative can be the correct answer. This question type is always corrected automatically.


Figure 9

Multiple choice question (figure 10)

Multiple choice questions can also have two or more answer choices/alternatives. Multiple answer choices/alternatives can be correct. This question type is corrected automatically only if the student selected all correct answer choices/alternatives or if they selected all incorrect answer choices/alternatives. For example, if one correct and one incorrect answer choice/alternative is marked, the teacher will have to grade the question manually.


Figure 10

Save exam

When the exam ground rules are fulfilled press the green "Save" button and the exam will appear in your library (see figure 11 where an exam called "My first exam" can be found in the library). If you can't see the exam in your library after you've saved it, check if the question mark is present next to the "Save" button. Click on the question mark to see what is missing.


Figure 11

Click here to move on to step 3 "Write exam"

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