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Q: My school requires that I allow students to retake tests and only the higher of the two grades will count toward their overall grade. How do I do this in EMSTesting.com?

This article was published in our January 2013 Newsletter, by David Smith, EMSTesting.com Customer Advocate

Q: My school requires that I allow students to retake tests and only the higher of the two grades will count toward their overall grade. How do I do this in EMSTesting.com?

A: With the addition of the new grade book, our system now allows for retests. However, you cannot give the exact same test twice, but you can copy it and give the copy as the retest.

To copy a test, click on “Edit My Tests” from the instructor home page and then click “Edit” next to the test you’d like to copy. Now check the “Share This Test” box, click “Save & Next” and then click the “Edit My Tests” button again. Now click on “New Test” as if you were going to be creating a new test.

Now, all you have to do is set the provider level and test type to match the original, and a drop-down box should appear to the right called “Import Test From”. Select the original test from the list in the drop-down, click “Import Test”, and you’ve now made a copy of the original. Now all you need to do is change the Test Name (something like “Section 1 Retest”), change the Test Title (maybe to “Airway1), make sure the test status is “Active” and then click “Update Test Settings” down at the right. You now have an exact copy of the original test. Now you can add it to the class as you normally would.

Now once this test is administered, your students will have 2 grades in their grade book (one for the original, one for the retest). To throw one of those grades out, click on your class name from the instructor home page and then click “View Gradebook”. Here you will see all of the students grades for every quiz, test, final exam, or other assignment you have given to them. Mousing over a student’s grade will give you the option to either “Hide” or “Edit” it. Hiding a grade greys it out and prevents that grade from being factored into their overall average.

Now for any student who did better on the retest than they did well on the original, hide the original grade. If a student did will on the original and didn’t feel the need to take the retest, you can hide the 0% they got on the retest. And if you allow retests, but automatically deduct points from their final retest score, you can click “Edit” on their retest grade and change the percentage.