Delivery: Candidate View

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Delivery: the Candidate View

Candidates have their own, separate delivery environment to login to. This article describes some of the key functionalities at a glance.

Candidate Login Screen

Candidate can go to their designated URL for taking their assessment and log in:


  1. Candidate enters their username and password and clicks on the 'Login-button'.
  2. If the candidate does not know his password they can click on 'Can't log in?'. Upon entering their username an email will be sent with password reset link.
  3. Please note: if your environment has been setup to be integrated with another system, candidates might see a different login button or they will skip the login-page entirely and move straight to the assessment's introduction page or non-disclosure agreement (NDA).
  4. Warning: During an exam there typically is no option for the candidate to check their email. In this case an Invigilator or Admin in Cirrus can reset the candidate's password. Please check with your exam provider.

Candidate Dashboard

After log-in the candidate will see the personalised 'Candidate Dashboard:


The Candidate Dashboard - Upcoming - shows any ongoing and upcoming schedules:

  1. Today's assessments - any assessment that can be taken today
  2. Once the schedule has start they can click the 'Start test'-button
  3. A list of assessments scheduled to start in the next 30 days
  4. Using the drop-down the candidate can navigate to Completed Assessments
  5. The list also shows whether the assessment is scheduled for participation using a lock-down browser (such as SEB: Safe Exam Browser).

The Candidate Dashboard - Completed - shows any completed scheduled assessments for the candidate:


  1. The candidate is able to see date of submission. Percentage correct, Grade and Result will only show if the author has set this up under Assessment Options - 
  2. The candidate will be able to View a more detailed report on the results (the Score Report for example) if the assessment author has set this up under Assessment - candidate feedback.
  3. The candidate can filter on All / Failed / Not published.
  4. The candidate can navigate back to the upcoming assessments page on their dashboard.
  5. Review sessions - sometimes exam boards will schedule so called review session. These are generally timed slot where the candidate can login and review their answers and scores received. See our article Marking: Candidate Review-sessions to access marked work according to customisable settings.

Important notice:

  • When you choose not Never show results  the candidate will never see percentage correct, Grade or Result. 
  • When you choose not to give feedback to candidate they will never see a 'View'-button listed for the assessment.
  • A planned review session can overwrite the above.

Assessment: start screen for the candidate

When the candidate has logged in and selected an assessment and clicked 'Start test' appropriate Assessment this the 'Assessment's Information-screen' appears: 

An Introduction text shows on the left hand side, including a 'Start Assessment' button [A]. On the right hand side under 'Test Information' the candidate can see some of the setting for this assessment, including: 

  • Number of questions in the assessment
  • Duration of the test (in minutes)
  • Assessment deadline (time at which the assessment will be automatically become unavailable).
  • Passmark percentage
  • Which attempt counts - this can be the last attempt or the best attempt of multiple attempts.
  • Current attempt for the candidate out of total attempts available to this candidate.
  • Assessment showing the title

Delivery: the Browser Check for candidates

By logging in candidates now automatically get a browser check on the start screen of their assessment: After clicking on 'Start test' on the dashboard, the system runs a quick test of the setup of the candidate to check if the system is able to run the exam.

"Your browser has been approved."

If the browser does not check out a warning will display:

"Your browser has not been approved. Please update your browser or contact your system administrator."

To see a list of supported browser visit our article on "System Requirements".

In combination with setting up sample exams this is a powerful tool to help your candidates and prevent unwanted surprises.

Essay questions: the restore button for Candidates

What happens when a candidate (accidentally) deletes the answer to one of the essay questions during an exam?

Cirrus saves and securely logs all entries made by candidates. Such an event can lead to frustration and lost time to re-enter the answer. That’s why we’ve now added a restore button for candidates, which makes it possible to restore deleted answers by the candidate:


Feedback for your candidates after submission of the assessment

So your candidate submits their exam. It is up to you to select what feedback you provide upon submission. This paragraph shows some examples of the different options you have:

  • Never - The candidate will only be presented the finish text provided and a Finish button which returns him to the login page. Nothing else will be made available.
  • Summary - Shows which questions the candidate answered correctly
  • Detailed - Shows the correct answer for each question
  • Score report - Shows Learning Objectives mastering by the candidate

Summary report for candidates

Below you can view an example Summary report for the candidate:

Detailed report for candidates

Below you can view an example Detailed report for the candidate:

The Score Report for candidates

Below you see an example Score Report for the candidate - showing the Subject and Learning Objectives mastering by the candidate:


The Score Report shows Subject / Learning Objectives mastery by the candidate based on:

  • Weighted Mastered level: this visualises the competence per Subject or Learning Objective based on points / percentages answered correctly.
  • When subjectively/manually marking still needs to be done this will be clearly indicated by a prompt and the 'Awaiting Marking' column:


Feedback on individual questions (formative)

Feedback on individual questions is mostly used in formative tests. On the options panel of your assessment or schedule you can choose to show:

Feedback on alternatives

Feedback on alternatives: this shows the feedback as entered for Multiple Choice and Multiple Response questions. As a candidate you select your answer and click on submit:


Upon clicking submit by the candidate the feedback for the selected answer is shown. (And if the candidate clicked the wrong alternative the correct alternative is marked.

When no feedback text was entered on the alternative or when the candidate checks the answer of any other question type  (so not MC or MR) no feedback text is shown. However: the candidate gets to see what the correct and what the incorrect alternatives are:


Feedback on question as a whole

If you select show feedback on questions, a standard feedback text will appear for each question. This is enabled on the options panel of your assessment or schedule under "Candidate Experience". If you select this you can enter the generic feedback for a correct answer, the partially correct answer or a wrong answer by the candidate: 2016-08-09_1352-use-feedback.png

Example of generic feedback on questions for the candidate upon checking their answer in delivery:

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