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Brightspace – Quiz Settings: What Students See

Brightspace offers instructors a number of options under Evaluation & Feedback to control what students see after they submit a quiz. For instance, you can choose to show partial results upon submission and more at a later time, e.g. after the due date.

Consider the simplest setting, first


On the Quiz Edit page, under Evaluation and Feedback, there are 3 boxes you might choose to tick:

  1. Check “Auto-publish attempt results immediately upon completion” if you want students to see grades instantly upon submitting (and if you have no written response questions – see yellow warning box, below).
  2. Check “Synchronize to the grade book” if you want the grades to appear in the grade book. Keep in mind that even if you do choose this, students will see their scores if they open the quiz again, unless you refrain from publishing them (step 1).
  3. The 3rd box should be checked in order for them to see their overall quiz grade, but then click the drop down arrow just below and decide whether they’ll see the questions, what they got right and/or other options.

These are the basic display settings for quiz results. If you want to customize them further, then review the various options, below.

Beware of the the Auto Publish Setting:

By default, the option “Auto-publish attempt results immediately upon completion” is ON. However, Written Response (WR) questions are initially valued as “0” until you enter a grade for them. Example: If a test is worth 100pts, and if the WR question is worth 40pts, the grade a student will see immediately upon submission will be 60 or lower. After you grade the WR questions, and publish the new grades, their test scores will be updated, but in the meantime students will most likely panic! Therefore, if you have any WR questions, be sure to deselect “Auto publish”. Options for publishing/displaying scores later are described below.

Each scenario has custom settings

Students see questions, correct answers, and their score only after the due date

This option works well if you didn’t include Written Response questions, which need to be graded by the instructor and are initially scored as zero. For quizzes with Written Response questions see the option for showing the score after you’ve graded the attempts.

    quiz settings

  1. Select “Auto-publish attempt results immediately upon completion”
  2. Select “Synchronize to grade book on publish” if you have associated the quiz with a Grade Book item
  3. Do not select “Attempt grade”
  4. Choose “No questions” in the dropdown menu
  5. Click on “Customize Quiz Results Display”
  6. On the next screen, click “+ Additional View.”
  7. Set the display date to your quiz due date.
  8. Select “Display attempt grade for evaluated questions.”
  9. Under Questions, open the dropdown menu and choose “All Questions.”
  10. Select “Show correct answers to the displayed questions.”
  11. Select “Show learner’s responses to the displayed questions” if you want students to see their responses and any feedback you included when you created the questions.
  12. Select “Show the learner’s grade for displayed questions” if you want students to see the points they earned for each question.
  13. Click Create and then Ok.

If you’ve set the scores to synchronize to the Grade Book:

  1. Go to Grades.
  2. Click on Manage Grades.
  3. Open the dropdown menu for the quiz item and choose Hide from Users. Note, when you’ve chosen to display quiz grades to student at a future date, they’ll be able to access them at that point in a few places (on the quiz page, in Class Progress, and in the Grade Book). However, because you’ve hidden the Grade Book item (column), you’ll need to remember to unhide it. However, after the due date (or whatever date you designated), they will be able to see their score if they view their attempt from the Quizzes tool or Class Progress tool.

Students see questions, correct answers, and their score after you’ve graded the attempts

This option works well for quizzes with Written Response questions which must be graded by the instructor and are initially scored as zero upon completion.

  1. Do not select “Auto-publish attempt results immediately upon completion.”
  2. Select “Synchronize to grade book on publish” if you have associated the quiz with a Grade Book item.
  3. Select “Attempt grade.”
  4. Choose “All questions, with correct answers” in the dropdown menu.

When to Publish?
You can publish the scores as you grade each student or you can save the scores as drafts and, when you’ve completed grading, you can publish all grades (or selected). To publish, select all (click top box) or select specific attempts you want to publish, then click Publish at the top of the list. Once the attempts are published students will be able to see their score in the Grade Book and can click on Class Progress or go to the Quizzes page and click on the attempt to see the questions, etc.

Students see questions with correct answers and their score upon submission

This option works well for quizzes that do not include Written Response questions, which must be graded by the instructor and are initially scored as zero. For quizzes with Written Response questions, see the options for waiting to show the score until after you’ve graded the attempts.

  1. Select “Auto-publish attempt results immediately upon completion”
  2. Select “Synchronize to grade book on publish” if you have associated the quiz with a Grade Book item.
  3. Select “Attempt grade”
  4. Choose All questions, with answers in the dropdown menu

Students see questions with correct answers after they complete the quiz, but see their scores after quizzes are graded

This option works well for quizzes that include Written Response questions which must be graded by the instructor and are initially scored as zero.

In this example, you want students to be aware of the correct answers to auto-graded questions, but prevent confusion related to Written Response questions initially displaying a grade of 0.

Upon completion, students will see both submitted and correct answers to auto-graded questions. For Written Response questions, there’ll be a message that says, “This question has not been graded.” (Note: Since there is no specific “correct answer” for Written Response questions, if you want to provide everyone with generic feedback for that question, while editing or creating the question, click Options, and Add feedback. See image.)

Clearly communicate to your students that they should click on “View feedback” beneath the Written Response question to see your feedback. Consider including a reminder about it message (see steps below). Note that making the scores visible to students requires an additional step once you’ve graded the quiz.

  1. Select “Auto-publish attempt results immediately upon completion.”
  2. Select “Synchronize to grade book on publish”.
  3. Do not select “Attempt grade.”
  4. Choose All questions, with correct answers in the dropdown menu.
  5. Click on Customize Quiz Results Display and Edit View for the Primary View.
  6. Modify the message students see upon submission to include a reminder to view the feedback.
  7. Leave “Show correct answers to the displayed questions” selected for students to see the correct answers.
  8. Deselect “Show learner’s responses to the displayed questions” if you don’t want students to see their responses; note that this will prevent students from seeing any feedback you included when you created the questions.
  9. Deselect “Show the learner’s grade for displayed questions” if you don’t want students to see the points they earned for each individual question.
  10. Click Update and then Ok to save.

Once you’ve set up the quiz, go to Grades, click on Manage Grades, and use the dropdown menu for the quiz item to hide it from student. Note that you’ll need to remember to unhide the Grade Book column for students to see their score in the Grade Book. To allow students to see their score from the Quiz tool, Go to the Quizzes page and edit the quiz. In the Evaluation & Feedback area, select “Attempt grade” after you’re done grading the quiz.

Students see their scores (but no questions) after the quiz is due

You can choose to allow students to see their scores only within the quiz tool or only from the Grade Book (or both). Note that allowing students to see their score in the Grade Book after the due date requires you to manually change its visibility at the time you want students to see it.

This option works well for quizzes that do not include Written Response questions, which must be graded by the instructor and are initially scored as zero. For quizzes with Written Response questions, see the options for waiting to show the score until after you’ve graded the attempts.

To show scores in the quiz tool only:

  1. Select “Auto-publish attempt results immediately upon completion.”
  2. Select “Synchronize to grade book on publish” if you’ve have associated the quiz with a Grade Book item
  3. Do not select “Attempt grade.”
  4. Choose No questions in the dropdown menu
  5. Click on Customize Quiz Results Display and add an Additional View
  6. Set date to due date
  7. Select Display attempt grade for evaluated questions
  8. Choose No Questions in the dropdown menu
  9. Once you’ve set up the quiz, go to Grades, click on Manage Grades, and use the dropdown menu for the quiz item to hide it from students.

To show scores in the Grade Book only:

  1. Editing the Quiz, go to the Evaluation & Feedback area. Select “Auto-publish attempt results immediately upon completion.”
  2. Select “Synchronize to grade book on publish.”
  3. Do not select “Attempt grade.”
  4. Choose No questions in the dropdown menu.
  5. Once you’ve set up the quiz, go to Grades, click on Manage Grades, and use the dropdown menu for the quiz item to hide it from student. After the due date, you’ll need to unhide the Grade Book column.

To show scores in both the Quiz tool and Grade Book:

  1. Select “Auto-publish attempt results immediately upon completion.”
  2. Select “Synchronize to grade book on publish” if you’ve have associated the quiz with a Grade Book item.
  3. Do not select “Attempt grade.”
  4. Choose No questions in the dropdown menu.
  5. Click on Customize Quiz Results Display and add an Additional View.
  6. Set date to due date.
  7. Select “Display attempt grade for evaluated questions.”
  8. Choose No Questions in the dropdown menu.
  9. Once you’ve set up the quiz, go to Grades, click on Manage Grades, and use the dropdown menu for the quiz item to hide it from students. After the due date, you’ll need to unhide the Grade Book column.

Students see their score (but no questions) after you’ve graded the attempts

This option works well for quizzes with Written Response questions which must be graded by the instructor and are initially scored as zero upon completion. You can choose to allow students to see their scores from the quiz tool only, from the Grade Book only, or in both places.

To show scores in the quiz tool only:

  1. Do not select “Auto-publish attempt results immediately upon completion.”
  2. Select “Synchronize to grade book on publish” if you’ve have associated the quiz with a Grade Book item.
  3. Select “Attempt grade” (this will allow students to see their score only after you’ve published the scores).
  4. Choose No questions in the dropdown menu.

Once you’ve set up the quiz, go to Grades, click on Manage Grades, and use the dropdown menu for the quiz item to hide it from student. Publish the scores as you grade each student, or save the scores as drafts and publish them all (or only select students) once you’re done by selecting the attempts you want to publish and clicking on Publish at the top of the list. Once the attempts are published students will be able to see their score from the Quiz tool by clicking on their attempt in the quizzes list. You’ll need to unhide the Grade Book column for students to see their score in the Grade Book.

To show scores in the Grade Book only:

  1. Select “Auto-publish attempt results immediately upon completion.”
  2. Select “Synchronize to grade book on publish.”
  3. Do not select “Attempt grade.”
  4. Choose No questions in the dropdown menu.

Once you’ve set up the quiz, go to Grades, click on Manage Grades, and use the dropdown menu for the quiz item to hide it from student. After you’ve graded the quiz, unhide the Grade Book column.

To show scores in both the quiz tool and Grade Book:

  1. Do not select “Auto-publish attempt results immediately upon completion.”
  2. Select “Synchronize to grade book on publish”
  3. Select “Attempt grade”
  4. Choose No questions in the dropdown menu.

Once you’ve set up the quiz, go to Grades, click on Manage Grades, and use the dropdown menu for the quiz item to hide it from student. After you’ve graded the quiz, publish the scores and unhide the Grade Book column.

Updated on November 30, 2023

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