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Pretesting (Definition)

When enabled, the pretesting feature changes the course structure by adding a system-generated pretest to the beginning of each lesson. It is a 10-question quiz before each lesson. This pretest will measure the student's knowledge of the upcoming content, and allow the student to skip the lesson if mastery has been demonstrated. If the student passes the pretest at the predetermined threshold, then the system will automatically advance the student to the pretest for the next lesson. If the student fails the pretest, he/she will proceed through the lesson, completing each assignment in order. The student will then take the lesson quiz at the end of the lesson to move forward in the course.

When students pass the pretest, that score counts as a quiz score and will be calculated into the overall grade. If the student does not pass the pretest, the pretest score will not count toward the overall grade, but the content they complete in the lesson will. The quiz score at the end of the lesson will also count toward the student's overall grade. Students can go back at any time and review the skipped content from sections they tested out of. It should be noted that none of the scores earned on the skipped content will count toward the student's overall grade. These activities will appear as bypassed and will be in gray text.

Unlike prescriptive testing, pretesting can be turned on or off at any point, regardless of whether or not the student has started the course. Pretesting also allows the student to truly prove lesson mastery by requiring them to reach an appropriate percentage on the 10-question quiz. Prescriptive testing only requires one question to prove lesson mastery.

Please note that a pretest uses one of the student’s assessment attempts, so users may wish to compensate by adding an additional retake attempt in the Fail Attempts Allowed section of the Assessment Options page. For example, most programs automatically stop the student after two failed attempts on the same quiz. However, if the student fails the pretest, this will count as one fail attempt, only allowing one attempt on the quiz at the end of the lesson.

When students pass a pretest, that lesson bank of questions will be included in the test and exam banks, so they may be tested on that content again later in the course. Also keep in mind that some lessons do not contain quizzes (such as project lessons). The activities in these lessons will automatically be assigned to the student to complete when they reach that point in the course and pretesting will not allow them to skip these lessons.




To find out how to enable or disable pretesting, use one of the following links: 

Edit the Course Options for a Student Edit the Course Options for a Single Course Edit the Course Options for Multiple Courses
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