With final exams starting next week, we thought this would be a great time to remind instructors of a huge time-saver in Sakai. If you are administering an exam in Sakai through the Tests & Quizzes tool, the Markup Text option will help you create your test questions in no time! Using the standard Assessment Builder requires you to create your questions one-by-one, however, you can easily bulk-upload your questions with the Markup Text option!
First make sure you have the Tests & Quizzes tool enabled on your site. If it is not, you can easily add it through Site Info > Edit Tools.
Create questions in separate document
We recommend creating all test questions ahead of time in a separate document, such as Microsoft Word. This way you:
- Create and see all questions at once
- Have a back-up copy of your questions
- Quickly edit any questions on one page
The questions must be structured in a specific format that Sakai recognizes. To view the format each question must be in, follow the basic steps in creating an assessment — you’re not actually creating an assessment (yet!):
- In Tests & Quizzes, enter Assessment Title
- Select Create using markup text
- Click Create
Links for the following questions will be listed under Instructions & Examples. Click on each question type to view the format your questions must be in for Sakai to recognize and automatically create those questions:.
- Multiple Choice
- Multiple Choice with Multiple Correct Answer
- Fill in the Blank
- Short Essay
Then open your document to compose your questions, following the format Sakai listed for each question type. Your document may look similar to this:
Create assessments using Markup Text
Once you have finished creating your questions, go back to Sakai to create your assessment using Markup Text (see steps above) with a simple copy and paste method. Copy the questions you composed and paste them into the Markup Text box.
Click Next to view your questions and Create Assessment. That’s it — you’ve created your assessment in no time!
Important Notes on Markup Text
- Only available as you first create a test
- Not all questions can be created using Markup Text
- Feedback must be added through the regular Assessment Builder
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Good luck on finals! We can’t believe it’s already that time of the year!