Add practice quiz and exam for a course
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Microsoft Community Training platform allows trainers to add assessments as a way to evaluate learners on their knowledge and proficiency. The platform provides two types of assessments in the form of Practice Quiz and Exam containing one or more multiple-choice questions.

Practice Quiz - A Practice Quiz serves as a refresher for learners and facilitate revision of a particular lesson. There is no limit to the number of Practice Quizzes you can add to a course.

Exam - An Exam is used to evaluate learners on their proficiency and knowledge in a particular course to measure learning outcome. Unlike practice quiz, an exam has limited number of attempts and a passing percentage as specified by the trainer.

In this article, you will learn more about how to add practice quiz and exam to a course on the portal in the respective sections:

Permission Level

The Microsoft Community Training management portal provides role-based administration and depending upon the type of access level administrators can perform an action on the portal. Table below shows administrative role which are allowed to add Practice Quiz and Exam to a course in the portal:

Access Level Add practice quiz and exam to a course
Organization Administrator Yes
Category Administrator Yes
Course Administrator Yes
Group Administrator No

Add a practice test for a course

In this article, you will learn about how to add practice quiz to a course:

Tips
Use the practice test after every 2-3 lessons to help learners retain and revise the learning concept. Keep the questions short and simple. Answering correctly makes the learner want to go to the next lesson, ensuring higher completion rate of courses.
  1. On the Microsoft Community Training portal, login and switch to administrator view.

  2. Under Course tab, select the course under a category in the list to which you want to add a practice quiz.

  3. Click or tap on the New Assesment button and select the Practice Quiz option from the drop-down menu.
    New Quiz drop down

  4. Enter details for the Question 1 on the portal as below:

    • Question Title – add your question in this field.
    • Options – add one or more options as possible answers for the question. Check the radio button to the left of the text field to select the correct answer.
      Quiz title
  1. Click or tap Add Question at the bottom-right of the Quiz card, to add more questions in the Practice Quiz and repeat Step 4.

  2. Once you are done adding questions, click or tap Save icon to the right-end of the quiz title to upload the practice quiz to the portal.

Tips
Use the bulk upload questions feature to seamlessly import your existing questions list for a practice quiz.

Add final exam for a course

In this article, you will learn about how to add an exam to a course:

Tips
Use the exam to evaluate the knowledge of a learner that is acquired from the course. Keep a fair pass percentage based on the degree of difficulty and number of attempts as required for the role.
  1. On the Microsoft Community Training portal, login and swtich to administrator view.

  2. Under Course tab, select the course under a category in the list to which you want to add an Exam.

  3. Click or tap on the New Quiz button and select the Exam option from the drop-down menu.
    Exam drop down

  4. Enter details for the Exams on the portal as below:

    • Enter Quiz Title. The quiz title is the name for the exam displayed to the learners on the web portal and mobile application. For example: Final Exam
    • Define the passing percentage and number of attempts a learner can take the exam based on the degree of difficulty.
    • Enable the shuffle mode for the exam questions if required. This will ensure that learners will always be offered a different version of the quiz so you can be sure that answers cannot be memorized for subsequent attempts or copied from others
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Note
All the questions in the exam carry equal weightage. And Exam is always the last segment of the course.
  1. Enter details for the Question 1 on the portal as below:
    • Question Title – add your question in this field.
    • Options – add one or more options as possible answers for the question. Check the radio button to the left of the text field to select the correct answer.
Note
If only two possible options are needed, use Delete button next to the option field to remove the options. To add more options use Add Option button to increase choices for the question.
  1. Click or tap Add Question, to add more questions in the Exam and repeat Step 5.

  2. Once you are done adding questions, click or tap Save icon to the right-end of the quiz title to upload the exam to the portal.

Tips
Use the bulk upload questions feature to seamlessly import your existing questions list for an Exam.

Bulk upload questions for a practice quiz or exam

In this topic, you will learn how to bulk upload questions for a practice quiz or exam in the management portal:

Prerequisite for bulk upload questions

Before you start doing the bulk upload of questions for a practice quiz or exam, you need to make sure the question list is structured in the right format on your local machine. The steps below provide information on how to create and verify that the question list is in the correct format:

Step 1 - Download the sample CSV file

  1. Click or tap on the Import CSV icon to the top right of Practice Quiz or Exam card.
    Import CSV icon

  2. In the bulk upload panel, download the sample CSV and save on your local machine.
    Import CSV bar

Step 2 – Edit the sample CSV file to create question list

  1. Open the sample csv file in Microsoft Excel.

  2. Remove the sample questions from the CSV file.

Important
Do not remove the column headers from the CSV file.
  1. Start adding 1 question per row with the following information under each column header:

    • Serial Number – put the sequence number of the question in the list.
    • Question Title – put the question text in this field.
    • Choice 1 to N – add the choices for the question.
    • Answer – select the correct number among the choices. For e.g. set value to 2 if Choice 2 is the correct answer.
      CSV file format
  2. Rename and save the edited file once you are done creating the question list. When editing the CSV file, please take care of the following things:

    • Do not add comma (,) in the question or choices when editing the sample file
    • Use semi-colon (;) as delimiter when adding multiple values for a single option
    • For any cell, do not split the text into multiple lines (i.e. do not use ALT + Enter)
Note

There may be questions with different number of choices. For questions which have fewer choices, add some placeholder values while uploading from CSV. Later, remove these options after upload.

For example, there are 5 questions in the list – first 3 questions have 4 choices each and remaining 2 questions have only 2 choices, add as placeholder value for choice 3 and choice 4 in the CSV file for the last two questions.

Step 3 – Verify the CSV file before uploading

  1. Open the question list csv file in Notepad. Right Click > Open with > Notepad.

  2. Remove Word Wrap formatting from the tool bar. Format > Word Wrap.

  3. Verify the structure of the file is correct by ensuring the following things:

    • For each question row, number of commas (,) is one less than the number of column headers
    • For each question, there should not be any line break i.e. question must be contained in a single line.
    • For each question, there is no blank values for the choices.
  4. In case you find any issues with the file, edit and correct the structure as described in the previous step.

Steps for bulk upload questions for a Practice Quiz or Exam

  1. Click or tap on the Import CSV icon to the top right of Practice Quiz or Exam card.
    Import CSV icon

  2. In the bulk upload panel, choose the Upload option and select the csv file containing the question list.
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  3. Click or tap on the Done button to begin bulk upload questions operation.

  4. Once completed, you will see the newly added questions in the Practice Quiz or Exam card.

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