With midterms around the corner, administering online tests can be an excellent way of checking how well students understand the course material. If you are using the Sakai Tests & Quizzes tool – great! However, we understand creating questions one-by-one can be time-consuming. This is why we often recommend creating assessments in Sakai using markup text and then making any additional changes with the assessment builder.
Creating a test using markup text allows you to create all test questions at once. The questions must be entered in a specific format for Sakai to recognize the question type, question text, point value, answer selections, and correct answer(s). The markup text option recognizes these question types:
- Multiple Choice
- Multiple Correct Answers
- Fill in the Blank
- Short Essay
Please note that the markup text option is only available when creating an assessment and not after the test has already been created. To add questions to an existing test, you must use the assessment builder (Select Action > Edit).
If you have not already enabled Tests & Quizzes, you can easily do so through Site Info > Edit Tools.
Create assessment using Markup Text
1. Navigate to Tests & Quizzes in your Sakai course site
2. Enter an Assessment Title
3. Select Create using markup text and click on Create
4. Under Instructions & Examples, select the type of question you want to create to see the text format. Enter the questions in the left box
NOTE: We recommend creating all questions ahead of time in a document outside of Sakai and then copying and pasting the questions into Sakai all at once.
5. Click on Next
6. Review the questions, point values, and answers to verify everything is correct. Click on Create Assessment
If you need to add questions, provide feedback, or make additional edits, click on the Select Action menu > Edit of your assessment to make those changes.
Don’t forget to publish your test to make it available to students! Call 962-HELP if you have any questions.