CBT (Computer-Based Tested) is probably the oldest educational technology tool. It provides an automated and controlled way of deploying and correcting tests.
ClassroomAPP comes with a full-fledged testing engine. Designed to be simple and complete at the same time. You should be able to launch your first test in under 5 minutes (see tutorial at the end of this article).
Topology of Tests
You can create tests anywhere you can create content (i.e. Courses, Workspaces, Groups and Folders).
All tests are made up of a collection of ordered questions. A question is assigned to a single test (to reuse questions, simply copy the test). The total points in a test are the sum of all the points a student scores. There are no negative points.
You can add standards or your own custom tags to each question, will will come in handy in the Results view where you can see standards completion per student.
As a test is hidden before it is administered in-classroom, we recommend you make sure that the toggle buttons are off (which will hide the test from students and parents). Also, when you enter your test there is a red toggle button at the top to lock the test. You can use that to hide the content of the test real-time.
When a student completes their test, they simply click on Submit and their test is locked (to unlock a student's test, please read below in the Results section)
Many question types allow for automated correction (e.g. the Select or Multiple Choice type). You will see this in the Results panel (more below). Note that questions requiring user typing, will require the teacher to manually input the grade.
In the Test you will find a button labeled 'Settings' to help you control how the test is displayed and administered. The default settings are good for most starting tests, so you can skip for your first test.
Passing grade - determines the student's passing status based on their percentage grade
Show points for each question - If you want your students to know in advance the weight of each question
Show grade once completed - When a student submits their test, they can see their grade automatically (but they cannot see the correct answers for each question -- that's next option).
3(a): Show correct answers once completed - [Note: Use with caution] - Once a student submits their answers, they will also see the correct answer for each question.
The results panel is where you can see student results and responses automatically. As students start answering your questions, you will see their results real-time. In the Summary view, hover over the cells containing the grades and you will see student responses.
There are four report types which should be self-explanatory (Summary, Student, Question, Tags / Standards).
At the bottom the report you can select from a number of useful graphs. These graphs will change real-time as students answer questions.
Some questions (namely Text ones) require the teacher to input a grade. In the Summary view you can view the response of a student by hovering over the question cell (on mobile by clicking on it), and then you can input the grade manually.
Locking / Unlocking
After a student submits their test, it gets locked automatically and the student cannot submit any more. The red lock will appear next to the student's row in the Summary view. Simply click on it to lock or unlock).
Viewing Full Test
In the Summary view, next to each student's name, there is a view icon which displays the student's full test.
Administering computer-based tests has always been a challenge for teachers due to the myriads of options they can set. We have completely streamlined the process to make it easy and provided teachers with the tools to administer their tests real-time.
A last note, grades can be pushed onto your school's back-end (or SIS). Contact us to set this up for you.
- To start your first test, be sure to visit the Create your first test tutorial and you are good to go!