Documentation:Connect/Create a Test Pool (How To)

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Pools are collections and groups of questions that can be included in tests and surveys. For example, you might have a set of ten or twenty related questions you would like to reuse in several tests or surveys, or even across multiple courses. The advantage of using a pool is you do not have to remember all those questions and manually add them to each test or survey.

The Pool Canvas page for a question pool presents an inventory of all the questions that can be managed and searched. You can edit the pool names and instructions, create or edit questions, and upload questions. You can also use the check boxes to select individual questions or all questions and then delete them or change the point values.

This document will show you how to:

  • Access Test Pools
  • Create a Test Pool
  • Add questions to Test Pools
  • Deploy pool in a test


Watch the video below on how to create a test pool:

Access Test Pools

  1. From the left-hand course menu, select Course Tools
  2. Click Tests, Surveys, and Pools
    Test Pools can be found under Course Tools in the Course Management menu on the left-hand side.
  3. Click Pools

Create a Test Pool

You can build a pool from scratch, or import a pool from your local drive. The following instructions are for creating a pool from scratch:

  1. From the Pools page, click Build Pool at the top of the screen
    The Build Pool button is located at the top of the page in the Pools section.
  2. Enter a name for the pool.
  3. Enter a description for the pool questions.
  4. Add instructions for the pool questions.
  5. Click Submit.

Add questions to Test Pools

To add questions, you can click Create Questions, Upload Questions, or Find Questions in other tests, surveys, and pools.

  • Create Questions:
  1. Select the type of question you want to create
  2. Add a name for the question
  3. Enter the question and set question options
  4. Click Submit
  • Upload Questions:
  1. Click Browse to find and open the question(s) from your local drive
  2. Enter points possible for the question(s)
  3. Click Submit
  • Find Questions:
    All the questions added the the course are listed. You can find questions by using the search bar in the top-left corner to search for the question title or filter the list of questions by clicking the Pools, Tests, Question Types, Categories, Topics, Levels of Difficulty, or Keywords tabs on the left panel of the screen.
  1. Check the check-box next to the questions you want to add to the pool
  2. Click Submit

Deploy pool in a test

You can add pool questions to already created tests by editing them, or deploy pool questions in a new test with the following instructions:

  1. In a content area, click the Assessments
  2. Click Test
    You need to create a new test within a content area in order to deploy a new test pool.
  3. Click Create to create a new test
  4. Enter a name for the test
  5. Enter a description for the test
  6. Add test instructions
  7. Click Submit
  8. From the test page, click the Reuse Questions tab at the top of the screen
  9. Click Find Questions
  10. In the Find Questions pop-up window, click the Pools tab at the left-hand side to filter the questions list
    The search results can be filtered by different criteria found on the left-hand side of the screen.
  11. Check boxes of the pool questions you want to add and click OK
  12. Click Submit
  13. Enter test options and availability settings
  14. Click Submit to deploy the test with the test pool questions