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ExamView - How Do I Create An Online Test? (LAN)

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Overview
This article walks through how to create a test for ExamView that students will take on the local area network.
Procedure

Before You Begin:

Before students can take tests using your local area network (LAN), you must get ready for online testing.

  1. Talk to your network administrator to secure space on your local area network to put the online tests. You and your students both need read/write (full) access to the network folder.

  2. Ask your network administrator to install the ExamView Test Player on your network and to place a shortcut on each workstation to access the program. Or, you can install the player program on each computer.

  3. (Windows only) Advanced: You can create a shortcut for the program and set the target properties to include the following options: ( For example, set the target to c:\examview\evpro.exe /nobrowse.)

    • /nobrowse This disables the option for students to change the path (or location) of the tests.

    • /noprefs This option directs the program not to write the preferences to the local computer.

    • /testpath= This option allows you to set the default path for the tests.
  4. Start the ExamView Test Generator, select Preferences from the Edit menu and click on the Files icon. Set the default online (LAN) path to the location on the network.


Create an Online (LAN) Test without a Roster

You can publish an online test with or without a roster for your students to take on your local area network (LAN). If you choose to publish a test without a roster, the program automatically scores the test. Anyone may take the test. However, the results are only available immediately after a student completes a test. No results are stored in ExamView Test Manager, and you will not be able to prepare any student/class reports.

To create and publish an online (LAN) test that anyone can take:

  1. Start the ExamView Test Generator and create or open a test.

  2. Open the File menu, hover over Publish To, and then select ExamView Test Player on LAN.

  3. Select Allow access to anyone and then click Next.

  4. Enter a title for your test and follow the steps to set the remaining options (password, question order, number of questions, student feedback, and reports) for the online test. The program provides numerous options that allow you to customize the online testing experience for your students’ needs. Click the Help button to view detailed information about the online testing options.

  5. Review the test summary information and click the Save button to save the online test to your local area network (LAN).

Note: When you save the online test, the program saves a specially formatted copy of the test (with an EOT ext.) to the location you specified. Remember that your students must access the test file on the local area network (LAN). If you saved the test to your hard drive, you must copy the online test (EOT, NOT, TST) to your network.

  1. If your test includes links to any multimedia files, you must copy those files manually to the same location as the online test.

Students can now take the online test. 

Note: Preview the online test to make sure that everything is working. If you notice an error, make changes to the original test and publish it again.
 

Create an Online (LAN) Test with a Roster

With the ExamView Assessment Suite, you can easily track student test results. When students take an online test, the program automatically scores the objective questions and stores the information in a database. Then you can produce a variety of reports and/or copy the results to your gradebook.

To create an online test with a roster, you must first build and publish the online test using the ExamView Test Generator. Then, you must complete the process by creating an assignment in the ExamView Test Manager program.

To create a test, publish the test, and track results for a selected student:
 

  1. Start the ExamView Test Generator and create or open a test.

  2. Open the File menu, hover over Publish To, and then select ExamView Test Player on LAN.

  3. Select Limit access to students in a particular class and click Next.

  4. Check the box next to Launch ExamView Test Manager after publishing online test and click Save to save the online test.

Note: When you save the online test, the program saves a copy of the test (with an .eot extension) to the location you specified. Remember that your students must access that location on the local area network (LAN). If you saved the test to your hard drive, you must copy the online test (the .eot  file, not the .tst file) to your network.

  1. If your test includes links to any multimedia files, you must copy those files manually to the same location as the online test.


To assign an online test to a class:

  1. Start the ExamView Test Manager (if necessary).

  2. After you publish an online test, you must complete the process by creating an assignment for that class.

  3. Open a class file.

  4. Select the Create New Assignment option from the Assignment menu.

  5. Enter the assignment name, category, term, and date.

  6. Select Online test delivered over a local area network (LAN) to identify how you will administer the test. Click the Next button.

  7. Select the file name that corresponds to the test you published in the ExamView Test Generator.

  8. You can allow your students to complete the test multiple times or over multiple sessions. Select the appropriate option(s) and click the Next button.  If you allow students to complete an online test over multiple sessions, the program will save their work and let them continue where they left off in a prior session.
  9. Review the summary information and click the Finish button. After you create the assignment, it appears in the ExamView Test Manager work area. Notice the highlighted area in the figure below shows the assignment title, date, category, term, and possible points. A placeholder (--) is set for each student’s score.
  10. We recommend previewing the online test to make sure that the test itself and online settings are correct.

Note: To preview a test with a roster, start the EV Test Player and use one of your student’s IDs to take the test. When you finish, go to the ExamView Test Manager, open the class file, select the assignment, and select Get Results from the LAN Test. You should see the score for that student. Next, highlight (select) the student record and select Clear Student Results from the Student menu. Be sure to clear the results for only the test you just previewed. Also, be sure to select Update Online Tests from the File menu to apply the updates to the online test.

Notes

You can assign the same online test to multiple classes. Simply open another class file and create an assignment. Point to the same online test when you create the assignment. Make sure that your students’ IDs are unique across all classes.

If you need to make any changes to the online settings (e.g., change the password, edit the reporting options, etc.), select Edit Assignment Information from the Assignment menu. If you notice mistakes in questions, misspelled words, etc. before any students take a test, make your changes to the original test and publish it again. You must delete the assignment from the class and then create a new one. Otherwise, the answer key and other information will not match the online test.

If you notice mistakes in questions, misspelled words, etc. after any students take a test, you cannot make changes to the test. However, you can adjust the points earned to adjust students’ scores as needed.

If you identify an incorrect answer or point value, select Edit Assignment Information from the Assignment menu. Select the Questions tab and change the information. You can change an answer or point value anytime without re-publishing the test. These changes are not updated in the actual test, but they are applied to the students' results.


 

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