Skill Exams

Skill Exams are comprised of interactive questions in which students perform a task using a Microsoft Office 2010 application. Skill Exams test comprehension and skills using the actual application students are learning.

View Demo: How to Take a Skill Exam

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Complete a Skill Exam

If you are enrolled in more than one course, select a course from the course navigation pane on the left side of the page. SNAP displays the links specific to that course.

To complete a Skill Exam,

  1. Click the Current Activities link in the course navigation pane.

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  1. Click on a Skill Exam link.
  2. On the next screen, information about the exam is displayed:

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  1. Click the Attempt exam now button.

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  1. Click the OK button to continue.

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  1. On the next screen, more information about the exam is displayed:
  1. Click on the Launch Exam button.

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  1. Click on the Open button.

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Note: If an instance of the Microsoft Office application used in the exam is already open, a message box will appear to ask you to close the application before the exam can begin.

  1. The Microsoft Office application used in the Skill Exam opens and displays in the top portion of the window.
  1. Follow the directions displayed in blue text in the lower portion of the window.
  2. Use the directions to perform the actions in the application window.

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Exam Information

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  • If more than one attempt is allowed for each skill item, a status box displays number of attempts completed and number of attempts allowed for each skill item.

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  • A time elapsed window is displayed to inform you of how much time has passed since you started the exam.

If a time limit is used:

  • The time elapsed window will be displayed with a countdown.
  • When the timer has run out, the exam is submitted automatically.
  • Note: If a student spends more than 60 seconds over the allotted time then the exam is automatically graded zero.

Exam Navigation

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  • Click the Reset button to reset the application window.

  • The application window will revert to how it appeared when the exam question, or step, started.

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  • Click the View All... button to view a summary of the sections of the exam.

  • Each entry corresponds to a step, or a question, of the exam.
  • Double-click one of the exam sections in the summary window to navigate to that step.

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  • Select the Auto Reset checkbox to reset the application window when the Click Answer button is clicked.

  • If this option is not selected, you can click the Reset button to reset the application window.

  • You can change this setting at any time.

 

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  • Click the Check Answer button to see if the step, or question, has been answered correctly. If the answer is correct, the Check Answer button will display the text Correct, and the exam will progress to the next section step.

  • If more than one attempt is allowed for each skill item, and the answer is incorrect, the Check Answer button will display the text Incorrect, and the exam will progress to the next section step.

  • If more than one attempt is allowed for each skill item, and the answer is incorrect, the Check Answer button will display the text Incorrect, and the attempt status window will add an attempt to the counter.

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  • Click the Next button to move to the next question.

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  • Click the Previous button to move to a previous incomplete step.

  • Note: Once a question has been answered correctly, it is no longer possible to navigate back to that question.

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  • Click the Exit button to exit the exam.

  • A dialog box is displayed that asks if you are ready to exit the exam.

  • Click the Yes button to submit your answers or click the No button to continue the exam.

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  1. When all of the questions have been answered, an Exam Complete message will display and the exam window will close.
  2. The exam information page is displayed.

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View Exam Attempts

Note: The timing and amount of information about exam attempts will depend on the settings your instructor specify when scheduling the exam.

If you are enrolled in more than one course, select a course from the course navigation pane on the left side of the page. SNAP displays the links specific to that course.

To view information about a Skill Exam attempt,

  1. Click the Current Activities link in the course navigation pane.

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  1. Click on a Skill Exam link.

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  1. On the next screen, click an attempt number in the Attempt column.

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  1. Click the Continue button to close the summary screen.

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View Grade for a Skill Exam

Based on the settings your instructor used when scheduling the exam, the grade might be set to be a practice exam meaning that the score is not included in your final grade. If more than one attempt is allowed, your instructor might specify that the highest grade, the average grade of all attempts, or the first or last attempt is used to calculate your total grade.

See the Course Grades page for information about how to view grades for a course.

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