Adding an assessment: choosing a formative, summative or mixed

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Adding an assessment: choosing a formative, summative or mixed setup

  1. How to add a NEW assessment
  2. Choosing the setup type of your assessment
    1. The Formative assessment
    2. The Summative assessment
    3. The Mixed assessment type.
  3. Next steps...

How to add a new assessment

To create a new assessment, click the ‘Add assessment’ button at the top of the Assessments Overview screen. The new assessment page will open:

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  1. Select the type of Assessment you will build: Formative, Summative or Mixed
  2. Enter a title for your assessment and a Code.
  3. Click 'Save' and the information tab of your assessment will open.

Remember: this initial choice you makes sure you only get the type of items of your choice when adding items to your assessment.

Choosing the type of Assessment: 

The Formative assessment (type)

Formative - if selected, when the author goes to question selection for the assessment (manual or blueprint), only questions tagged as formative will be displayed (manual) or made available (blueprint). 

In other words this allows you to create a formative assessment. Formative assessments are mainly for practice purposes. Choosing this assessment type limits your question selection to the formative item type.

The Summative assessment (type)

Summative - if selected, when the author goes to question selection for the assessment (manual or blueprint), only questions tagged as summative will be displayed (manual) or made available (blueprint).

In other words this allows you to create a summative assessment. Summative assessments are high-stakes assessments like exams. Choosing this assessment type limits your question selection to summative only item type.

The Mixed assessment (type)

Mixed - if selected, when the author goes to question selection for the assessment (manual or blueprint), questions either a formative tag, or a summative tag or no tag will be displayed (manual) or made available (blueprint).

This last option allows you to create a mixed assessment. This assessment type is a mix of formative and summative assessment. Choosing this assessment type enables you to select both formative and summative item types. 

What happens with Items that have no purpose selected?
Items without a purpose selected will only be available for Mixed assessments.

What if I want to change the initial choice for formative assessment to a mixed assessment?
This is not possible. You can create a new assessment and select the correct purpose of your assessment and items. (If needed you archive the old one when done).

Where can I see which type my assessment is? (Formative / Summative / Mixed)

This is visible on the assessment overview page or when you preview your assessment as an author.

 

Next step(s)

Once you have completed these initial details, the system will take you through four steps towards finalising the assessment - see "How to create assessments in Cirrus".

Please note:

  • Only published assessments will be available for scheduling.
  • Once an assessment has been taken, there are only very limited possibilities to edit them - you can only make some textual changes to items (to correct typo's for instance).
  • Schedules that have expired cannot be deleted.
  • To amend the assessment it is best to create a copy of the assessment, make the necessary changes and schedule it.
  • You can archive the 'old' assessment so it won't be selectable for scheduling any more:
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