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How can I create an exam for a course?

To create an Exam, navigate to the course's Course Panel, and click Create new Exam in the administration panel.

1. Getting Started

On the Edit Exam Info page, fill in the exam’s basic info, like exam title, description, the type of exam, passing score, instructions etc.


Some settings explained:

  • Type of Exam: Decide whether you want the exam to be a Try & Learn exam (considered more of a quiz) or a Certification exam. Certification exams are meant to inhibit cheating.  You determine how many questions are randomly selected from a larger group of questions. For example, you can have an exam made up of 10 random questions, even though you’ve created 25 questions in total for the exam. Each time a learner takes the exam he or she will be given a random set of questions from the complete library of questions created for the exam. 
  • Show Score Realtime: If you have this marked as "Yes", learners will be able to see whether their answer was correct or not immediately after they answer a question. 
  • Order of questions: You can decide whether you want questions to appear in either the order you edited them or randomly.Remember, Certification exams always present the questions randomly. 
  • Students can skip Questions: If you have this marked as "Yes", learners will be able to skip a question, and come back at a later point while taking the exam.
  • Students can retake the exam: You can allow learners to retake the exam as many times as they want, or limit it up to 10 times. 


      • Waiting Period: This setting is only important if learners are allowed to retake the exam. Decide here the amount of time the learner must wait before being able to take the exam again. 
    • Exam has Time Limit: Here you can decide if and what the time limit will be for the learners to complete the exam.  (We strongly suggest giving a time limit of some sort.)
    • Score after submitting the exam: You can allow learners to see their score after submitting the exam.
  • Exam Mastery Setting: You can  set an option for learners to retake the missed questions on an exam to achieve “mastery.” If it’s set to yes, when the student retakes the exam, only the wrong questions will be displayed.
  • Answers visibility: If you have this marked as "Yes", learners will be able to see the answers only once, after submitting the exam.
  • Prequalification Exam:  If you have this option marked as "Yes", when a user passes the exam all previous or next lecture steps (depending on your selection) become optional for course completion. If a course has multiple prequalification exams only lecture steps in between become optional.
  • Knowledge Qualifier Exam: If you have this option marked as "Yes" , you have the option to select what will happen when a user fails the exam.
    1) You can select that all progress toward previous lecture steps resets each time the user fails the exam. If a course has multiple knowledge qualifier exams, only the progress of the lecture steps in between the exams will be affected.
    2) If you only allow a finite number of attempts for this exam, and
    the student fails after they’ve reached the maximum number of attempts, you have the option to select whether only the previous step’s progress should be reset, or whether the entire course should be reassigned.

    Please note that the "If student fails after max attempts have been reached" setting is only available when a finite number is selected in the "Students can retake the exam" setting.

  • Exam Password: Set up a password for your exam.  Users will be able to access the Exam only if they know the password. Otherwise, they will not be able to Start/Resume/Restart the exam.


2. Add / Edit questions

Click Save to be taken to the exam panel. From there you can add questions to your exam. Click Edit Questions.  

To add a new question click on the type of question you want. Schoox exams can have following type of questions:

  • Multiple Choice
  • Multiple Answers
  • True / False
  • Fill in Blanks
  • Matching 


3. Type of Questions


 3.1 Multiple Choice

Type your question and the answers you want to be given as choices to the learner. Decide which is the correct answer, as well as the score the learner gets for answering correctly. You can also type in the feedback you would like the learners to see when reviewing the exam. The default page comes with three placeholders for three different choices but you can add as many as you want. 

Please Note: You cannot give a negative or zero score for a correct answer. Neither can you give a positive score for a false answer. 

You can also upload images or videos and associate them with a question or an answer. Just select the type of the file that you want to upload (image/video) and then click on the icon (e.g camera icon) next to the corresponding question or answer in order to choose your file.

(Please note: The image must have minimum resolution 186x190 px and maximum 1920x1280 px)


Last but not least, you have the option to select if the order of the answers will be static or if you want the answers to be shuffled.

3.2 Multiple Answers

This type of question looks very similar to the Multiple Choice Answers but it's quite different. The differences are:

  • More than one answer can be correct
  • Learner can click on more than one answer
  • You can either give points for both correct and incorrect answers, or you can award an "All-or-Nothing" score.

- Give points for both correct and incorrect answers: This means that the learner will get points for checking the correct answer, and also points for not checking the wrong answer. If you don't give points for the wrong answers, the learner could theoretically check all the answers (false and correct), and get the same amount of points for that question. There would be no difference between the learner who checks only the correct answers and the learner who checks everything.

- Award an "All-or-Nothing" score:  Check the “All-or-Nothing” checbox at the top of the page. When selected, you will be able to set a score value at the question level instead of at each answer level. That means that when a student takes the exam, the user has to select all the correct answers in order to pass the question.

3.3 True / False

This type of question is very similar to the Multiple Choice type but has only two choices for the learner.

3.4 Fill in blanks

Here you can give a text with blank fields that the learner has to fill in. Type in your question just as the exam taker should see it, with an underlined blank signifying where the answer should be supplied.  Then, enter all qualifying answers in the space provided, surrounding them with a set of square brackets, and separating each with a vertical bar (usually found under the backspace key). 

For example,

'Albert ______ invented the Theory of Relativity.' - with your answers as follows: [Einstein|Einstien]

If you want to accept more than one word as correct you can put all of the accepted words in brackets separated by the break line character ""|"" (not to confuse with the capital i) [word 1 | word 2 | word 3]

"[John|Jack|President] Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States"

3.5 Matching 

Matching questions require the students to drag and drop the answers from the bottom of the page to correctly relate to the answers above. Type in the answers as they should appear when correct, and Schoox will automatically randomize them for the student. 

4. Exam pools

You can create exam pools in order to be able to use your existing questions in other exams. The pool belongs to its owner and can contain questions that each one created within any academy. Non-admin users can only view and add questions from their own pools or admin/training manager pools. They cannot see other users' pools. All admins of the academy can use these groups of questions in order to create new exams.

4.1 Create Exam Pool

While creating a new question you can click on Add to new pool (at the bottom right) and create a new pool. Give a name to your exam pool and click OK. You can also place your question to an existing pool by selecting the desired one instead of creating a new one.

If you want to add multiple questions to a pool at once, just click on the checkboxes next to the desired questions and hit "Add All to Poll".


4.2 Add questions to your exam from a pool

Instead of creating a new question for your exam you can click on the Exam Pool icon or navigate to the Question Pools from the Exam Panel in order to add an existing question to your exam. You can filter your existing questions by selecting the type of the question and the name of the pool. You can select the desired question and add it to your exam.

5. Publishing your Exam

When you are finished building your exam, click the big blue Make visible button to make your exam visible. It will then appear on the course card under the Exams section.

Read also: How to export a list of the questions of an exam?

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