Using the Online Quiz and Test System

Use the Firefox browser when entering the Quiz and Test System. The first step is to login with your Virginia Tech PID and Password. Then, until you logout of the testing system, you must navigate using only the buttons on the test pages. Using an internet browser button (e.g., back, forward, refresh) is likely to scramble your quiz. This, along with some other things to avoid, are summarized at the end of this discussion.

It is recommended that you QUIT all applications, including all browsers, before beginning any graded work. (Click here if you need help quitting all applications.)

Note: If you are completing your graded quizzes at the Math Emporium, you should use the browser that opens automatically when you login to the computer.

There are 4 types of pages available to you when you login to the testing system.

  1. Assessment List Page: After you login to your course, the first page you see lists all of the quizzes available to you at that time. Beside the link to each quiz, you will see a final starting date and time after which you cannot access the quiz. Pay close attention to this information so that you won't miss a deadline. There are navigation links at the top of this page.

    ALWAYS LOGOFF WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED TESTING.

  2. Graded Work Page: This page lists all of your graded work in the Quiz and Test System so far. Beside each link is the date and time that the assessment was completed. Most of the problems in these quizzes will contain hints to help you review the material. There are navigation links at the top of this page.

    ALWAYS LOGOFF WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED TESTING.

  3. Summary Page: Whenever you click on a link for a particular quiz (both new and previous ones), you will be sent to the Summary Page where you will see a list of all the questions for that quiz. On a new quiz, each problem is labeled as "Not Viewed", "Viewed but not answered", or "Answered". You can click on any question to link to that problem. You can continue to check your work and/or change your answers by clicking on the particular problem link.

    You will click the "View Summary" link to be sure you have answered every question and to find the link to grade your work.

    Clicking the "Grade?" link brings up a box where you can submit your work for immediate grading (or return to work longer). Within seconds, your score will appear on the right side of the page and the individual problems will be labeled "Correct" or "Incorrect". Now when you link to a problem, you will see a check by the correct answer, an X by the wrong answer (if you answered the question), and a hint about the problem.

    After a quiz is graded, you will see more navigation links at the top of this page.

    ALWAYS LOGOFF WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED TESTING.

  4. Individual Problem Page: Each problem page contains one multiple-choice question. You answer it by clicking in the circle beside the correct response. Be sure you see a black dot appear in the circle before you move on to the next question.

    At the bottom of the page are buttons for moving between problems, and at the top of the page are other navigation links.

    ALWAYS USE THE NUMBER BUTTONS OR LINKS TO MOVE TO A PROBLEM PAGE. NEVER USE THE BACK OR FORWARD BUTTONS ON YOUR INTERNET BROWSER.

    ALWAYS LOGOFF WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED TESTING.


WHILE YOU ARE LOGGED INTO THE QUIZ AND TEST SYSTEM...

1. NEVER use any navigation buttons on your Internet browser. This includes such activities as using back or forward buttons, opening new windows or tabs, or accessing bookmarks or the browser history. Always navigate through the problems using only the tools within the testing system.

2. NEVER spend more than 45 minutes viewing one page. After 45 minutes of inactivity, you will lose access to your quiz or test. To avoid this, watch your time and click on a new problem every 30 minutes. You can always return to the one you were working on. It is not good enough to simply move the computer mouse. You must move to another problem within the testing system to avoid timing-out.

3. NEVER allow yourself to be logged into the Quiz and Test System more than once at the same time. This includes your own computer in your dorm room. To avoid this, always logoff the Quiz and Test System EVERY TIME you are ready to take a graded quiz.

4. NEVER allow your Virginia Tech PID and Password to be used anywhere else while you are in the Quiz and Test System. This includes your own computer in your dorm room. For example, if you have your computer set to save your Password and someone logs in with your PID at your dorm computer while you are taking a quiz at another computer, it could cause problems. This can also happen if you have set your computer to automatically check other VT resources, for example Scholar or MyVT, while you are away. It is your responsibility to be sure that only you are using your Virginia Tech PID/Password.

You will not be permitted to retake the quiz if you fail to take any of these precautions and your quiz closes prematurely.

REPORTING A PROBLEM

If you have a technical problem while taking a quiz, first be sure that you have followed the instructions above. Then, try to finish the quiz, grade it, and send an e-mail message to your instructor. Tell him or her when you will be available to meet during their scheduled office hours. At that time, you can look at your quiz together to discuss your problem. See below for instructions on how to take a screenshot.


TAKING A SCREENSHOT

If you want to notify your instructor about a specific quiz problem, it is best to take a "picture" and attach it to an e-mail message.

Here's how to take a screenshot.

If you are working on a MAC...

  1. Hold down the three keys apple-shift-4 on the keyboard. The pointer will turn into a cross-hair.
  2. Drag over the region you wish to capture and release. This creates an image file on the desktop.
    Note: Be sure to include the entire window in your picture so that your instructor can identify your problem.
  3. Send an e-mail message to your instructor. Describe the problem and attach the image file to the message.

If you are working on a PC...

  1. Click somewhere on the window you wish to capture to be sure it is the active window.
  2. Press the two keys Alt and PrintScreen(PrtScn) on the keyboard at the same time. This creates a picture of the active window and copies it to the clipboard.
  3. Open a new Word document and choose Paste under Edit to paste your picture into the document.
  4. Save the Word document as question.doc
    Note: Be sure to use the .doc extension, not .docx
  5. Send an e-mail message to your instructor. Describe the problem and attach the Word file to the message.