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Further structuring and configuration options are available for the OpenOLAT tests. In principle, each test consists of at least one section and one question. Therefore, when creating a new test, you will already find a section ("New Section") and a single-choice question ("New Question"). If there is no single-choice question in your test, you can delete the default single-choice question as soon as you have added another question.

Settings for tests can be made on three levels:

Sections are used to structure your test. Often, for example, introductory questions are asked first and a "General" section is created. Your test can consist of any number of sections. It is possible to nest several sections among each other.

If you want to add a new section or another part, select "Section" or "Test Part" in the drop-down menu "Add Elements" → at the top. You can then assign specific questions to the section.

In the following, the setting options on the three levels are explained:

Test level

At test level, you define the title that appears in the navigation. The following configurations can also be selected:

Tab Test configuration

Max. score

This score is calculated automatically out of the single questions of the test.


Cut value

If a test can be passed at a certain cut value, this value can be inserted here. The "Cut value" is only relevant, if the test is embedded in a course with the course element test.

Time limit

The time limit can be defined for the whole test. Hours and minutes can be defined. A time limit for sections or single questions is not possible. As soon as the time is over, the test is pulled. Questions which have not been submitted yet will be treated as empty, not answered questions and don't give a score. It is not asked, if the questions should be saved or not. The feedback over the whole test and the review are also part of the time limit.

10, 5 and 1 minutes before the time is over a warning bar informs about the resting time.


A time limit of the test can either be done in the test editor as described here or after embedding the test into the course in the course editor in the tab "Options". If necessary the test time can be extended for single users in the assessment tool.


Tab Feedback

TitleTitle of the feedback
Feedback when necessary score for "Passed" is reachedEnter a total feedback here if the score for passed is reached.
Feedback, if necessary score for "Passed" not reachedEnter a total feedback here if the score is not sufficient.


Tab Expert

In the tab expert (or on the level of the part, as far as a part has been added), the following configurations can be done:


Navigation mode
  • Linear: All questions need to be solved after each other. It cannot be jumped in between the menu.
  • Non linear: The questions can be answered in the desired order.
Limit number of attempts?

If only a certain number of attempts is allowed, it can be defined here. This limitation is only valid for the test part. If the number of attempts should be limited for the whole test, it needs to be limited in the options or in the course element test.

If the number of attempts is limited on the level of the test or part, this configuration is inherited to all sections and questions below.

Allow skipping questions

If this check box is selected, the test can be finished before all questions are answered.


Allow comments

The participant can take personal notes, which are not available after the test anymore and are not assessed. This feature can only be selected, if "Personal notes" is selected in Options.


Allow review of questions

After finishing the test the test and its answers can be shown again, but no corrections are possible.


Show solution

In the review the solutions are shown additionally. This feature is only possible, if "Allow review of questions" is selected.

Part Level

At the Part level, it is practically the same as at the Test level. Each created test consists of one part. However, this is not shown. The parts are only visible when another part is added and the test consists of at least two parts. As soon as two or more parts exist, the configurations are defined mainly at the level of the parts and no longer at the level of the test. For example, an area in which questions can be skipped and one in which all questions must be answered, or an area with restricted solutions and an area without restrictions.


Section level

On section level you can optionally give the section a more detailed description. If the visibility of the section title is activated, the respective section description is also displayed in the following places in OpenOLAT:

  • In the test, when a question belonging to the section is called. The participant can show or hide the section description.
  • In the test results.
  • In the correction workflow for the questions belonging to this section.

Several nested sections with descriptions are displayed below each other and can be shown or hidden separately.

Some options that can be set at the test level can be configured again at the section level. This allows a different behavior compared to the rest of the test, especially for the corresponding section. These settings can be found in the expert tab.

Further options can only be configured at the section level and can be found in the section tab:

Random order of questions

It can be configured, if the order of the single questions of a section are chosen randomly or if they appear in the created order. A random order can complicate cheating.

Number of questions in this section

Here it can be chosen, if all questions of a section appear in the test or only a defined number, which is selected randomly. If there are more questions in a section than chosen they are mixed randomly. For the user different test summaries are created.


Section's title visible in test

The section titles can be hidden. Then the respective section descriptions will not be displayed either. Only the questions are still visible. (Adjustable in the Expert tab)

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