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EXAM Moodle

1. What is EXAM Moodle?
2. How is EXAM Moodle different to regular Moodle?
3. What is meant by exam?
4. What is meant by current time and location?
5. What is exam review?
6. How is the EXAM Moodle Quiz settings different?
7. How is the EXAM Moodle Edit quiz page different?
8. How are the EXAM Moodle Group override and User override pages different?
9. How is the EXAM Moodle Results page different?
10. How are EXAM Moodle Statistics different?
11. How is the EXAM Moodle Review page different?
12. How are EXAM Moodle roles different to HUJI Moodle roles?
13. What if a student has more than one exam?
14. How is the EXAM Moodle quiz attempt different?
15. Why can't the student take his exam?
16. What are Disqualified questions?


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What is EXAM Moodle?
EXAM Moodle is a variation of Moodle that, from the point of view of a student, behaves like an exam system.
Exams are based on Moodle quizzes.


How is EXAM Moodle different to regular Moodle?
Guest access is not allowed.
If the user has an exam at the current time and location, he is redirected to the exam.
(If the exam requires SEB and he is not using it, he is instead thrown out with an appropriate message.)
Otherwise, if he used the special review URL, and he has exams that have been graded and released for review, he is taken to the review page. See below.
Otherwise, if has a privileged role in any courses, EXAM Moodle behaves as a regular Moodle - but effectively only those courses exist.
Otherwise, he is thrown out with an appropriate message.
Note: Ordinary access rules to courses and modules (other than those noted in this page) are irrelevent for unprivileged users.


What is meant by exam?
An exam is a quiz which has been marked as Active.
In flex courses, students register to take the an exam at a time of their choosing.
(Registration is through RishumNet. Currently, a few courses in the faculty of Natural Sciences are flex courses.)
In flex courses, the Moed must be set
In other courses, the time of the exam (i.e. opening time and either closing time or time limit) must be set


What is meant by current time and location?
In order to be marked active, a quiz must have
    • In flex courses: A moed and time limit
      A user is considered to have an exam at the current time if he has registered to take an exam in that course/moed and and it is not more than an hour after his registration time, or he has already begin the quiz that day, and the quiz time limit has not elapsed.
      The quiz time limit can be overridden
    • In other courses: An opening time and either a closing time or a time limit
      A user is considered to have an exam at the current time if there is a quiz in a course to which he is enrolled as a student, and it is not more than an hour after the quiz opening time, or he has already begin the quiz that day, and the quiz finishing time or time limit has not elapsed.
      The quiz opening time, closing time and time limit can all be overridden
  1. A password, network restriction or SEB key.
    The network restriction can be a combination of IPs, IP ranges and rooms.
    (A room is effectively a list of IPs. EXAM Moodle knows about most rooms that are used for exams on the various HUJI campuses.)
    A user is considered to have an exam at the current location if there is a network restriction and his IP complies with it.
    Unlike in regular Moodle, the network restriction, and requirement to use SEB, can be overridden.


What is exam review?
The teacher can release the exam for review.
A student can view all his exams that have been released for review at http://exam2.cs.huji.ac.il/review.
Note: A student never has access to anything in EXAM Moodle other than exams that have been released for review (and, of course, his current quiz attempt, if any).
See How is the EXAM Moodle Review page different?


How is the EXAM Moodle Quiz settings different?
In brief:
  • Only settings relevant to an exam that is intended to be taken in real time are shown.
  • Some of the several additional or altered Quiz settings include:
    • Active exam: If enabled, the restrictions listed in the previous two questions apply
    • Navigation method: If set to Sequential, the student cannot move on to next page before he has answered all the questions on the current page.
    • Supplementary documentation: A file that will be available to the student during the exam
    • Show save button: Useful if there are essay questions or pages with many questions.
      See section Quiz autosave of Is there an autosave feature? in the FAQ for teachers for how it interacts with autosave
    • Section Exam review options: Various options that determine whether the student can review his quiz, from what IPs he can review it, and exactly what he sees.
      (Section Review options controls only what the student can see during the exam.)
      One can determine whether the student can review either all questions that he answered or only questions that he did not answer entirely correctly.
      (He cannot review questions that he did not answer or that were Disqualified. See
      Also, whether he can review all answers, only his chosen answer or only his chosen answer plus the correct answer
See collapsed and expanded views of the Quiz settings page.


How is the EXAM Moodle Edit quiz page different?
For each quiz section, one can set
  • Max questions to grade: If the student answers more than that number of questions, he is graded only on that number of questions, in the order of his layout.
    All further questions that he answered are marked as Disqualified
    Disqualified questions are not included in overall grade, averages or statistics and the student does not see them in his review.
  • Keep the highest: If more than this number of questions are graded, only this number of questions - the ones with the highest marks - are included in the overall grade
Of course, these options make sense only if all questions in the section are of equal value.
Also, Keep the highest (if set) must be less than Max questions to grade (if set) and both must be less than the number of questions in the section.
An attempt to set any other value will be ignored.
See an example of an Edit quiz page


How are the EXAM Moodle Group override and User override pages different?
  • The Network address (rooms and/or IPs) and Browser security can also be overridden
  • The User override page lists the Closing times and Time limits that the student would receive by virtue of his Extension role (if any) and Group overrides (if any). See example.
    The student must be selected before opening the User override page.


How is the EXAM Moodle Results page different? Column Time limit shows the time limit taking into account whether the student has an Extension role (see ) and/or a Group overide or User override (see ).
For quizzes that are already finished, it shows the time limit that was in effect during the attempt. In addition to the Overall average row, there is also a Standard deviation row.
Both do not take into account Disqualified and Unanswered questions Disqualified grade_disqualified and Unanswered grade_notanswered questions are distinguished from Incorrect grade_incorrect answers


How are EXAM Moodle Statistics different?
Disqualified and Unanswered questions are not included in the calculations.
There is a notice at the top of the page saying so.


How is the EXAM Moodle Review page different?
  • By default, a Student sees only questions that he answered and were not Disqualified, and only the answers that he chose.
    This can be changed. See question How is the EXAM Moodle quiz Settings page different?
  • Both Teacher and Student can toggle between paged and unpaged views of the quiz.
    In the Student view, empty pages are not shown i.e the Next page or Previous page link points to the next or previous page with viewable questions.
  • A Teacher can toggle between his view and the Student view


How are EXAM Moodle roles different to HUJI Moodle roles?
  • Two additional roles are available at system and course category levels: Extension 25% and Extension 50%
    A student with either roles automatically gets an extension on the default Time limit and Closing time and also on any Group override Time limit and Closing time.
    Such students are everywhere marked with a E or F respectively.
  • Teachers and TAs see only IDs - not names, emails or pictures. This can be waived by assigning the secondary role of Unrestricted
    They can search the quiz Results page by ID prefix.
See Roles Miniguide.


What if a student has more than one exam?
If according to course enrolment (or exam registration for flexcourses) and the quiz opening and closing times and network restriction (and relevant overrides, if any)
a student currently has more than one exam at the current time and location, then
  • If he has already started one of the exams, and has not yet finished it, he is taken to it
  • Otherwise, he can chose between the exams


How is the EXAM Moodle quiz attempt different?
  • The header is fixed (i.e. non-scrolling) and includes the course name and moed (if any), and Student's name, ID number and picture.
  • There are links to the Supplementary documentation (if any) and Instructions (aka Description) on every question page. Both open as popups
  • There isn't a navigation bar or footer, or any links to anywhere outside the quiz.
  • The wording is appropriate to an exam
  • So as to allow a student to choose not to answer a particular question, radio buttons (in e.g. Multichoice and True/False questions) can be toggled.
  • If the quiz Navigation method is Sequential, clicking on the Next page link is ineffectual until all the questions in the current page have been answered


Why can't the student take his exam?
If a student is thrown out with message Sorry! You do not have an exam scheduled at this time and location, it could be because:
  • Option Active quiz has not been enabled
  • He is not in one of the rooms selected, or his IP is not in the list in section Require network address
  • The student has not yet started his exam and either more than an hour has elapsed since the quiz opening time or it is after the closing time
  • There is a Group override for a group to which he belongs, or he has a User override, which overrides one of the above two items
  • He is not enrolled to the course (or is not registered to an exam in a flex course).
  • If he is trying to review his exams and is not using the exact URL http://exam2.cs.huji.ac.il/review. See next question
Note: During the first few weeks of the semester, if the student does not have an exam at the current time and location, he is redirected to the previous year's EXAM Moodle.
Thus if he does not have an exam in that year's EXAM Moodle either, the message ultimately comes from the previous year's EXAM Moodle.


What are Disqualified questions?