Assessment Security

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As more courses move online, one question we keep getting is, “How do I offer assessments in the most secure way possible?”.


We have had a number of instructors ask us about test security, and we also know that a lot of your schools already have programs for proctoring and browser lockdown. As such, we are not adding our own options for proctoring and lockdown (and be forced to charge for it accordingly), but rather we are providing more tools to make exporting our tests to load into your campus LMS easier. Directions to export a test created with Macmillan Learning Test Bank into your LMS are here

In addition, each of the individual digital products that we offer have tools to help with test security. You can read through those options below. And we had a very useful webinar with Eric Chiang where he reviewed ideas for test security. 

Lastly, we have moved most of our test banks to the Macmillan Learning Test Bank, accessible only only to a verified instructor. With this system you can:

  • Create paper or online tests that you can export to your LMS using your web browser;
  • Drag and drop questions to create tests;
  • Create and edit your own questions and edit publisher-created question sets.

Learn more here:


If you are using a Macmillan Learning digital product for your online class, here are some suggestions below to help you with assessment security. 


For LaunchPad Users:


  • Set a Passcode - Requires a student to enter an instructor-specified Passcode to begin the quiz.
  • Limit the Number of Attempts - For higher stakes assessment, only allow students to submit the assessment one time. 
  • Time Limit - This ensures that all students are provided the same amount of time to complete a quiz. If the quiz is not completed within the time limit, the quiz is automatically submitted when time expires. The time limit will also limit students’ ability to look everything up or get too much assistance.
  • Scrambling - Instructors use this setting to randomize the order of question, the order of answer choices, or both.
  • Feedback Control - This gives instructors the control over what information is available to students after they submit a quiz, such as whether to show the correct answers.
  • Visibility - Instructors use the Visibility setting to "hide" a quiz from students until a specific date and time.
  • Hide Grade - Instructors can elect to hide students' quiz grade until the due date has passed.
  • Question Pooling - can further add to the variability of the assessment so that not all students receive the same questions on the exam and instead receive a random set of questions from a set of them. Instructors can set up multiple pools within one assessment to ensure students receive the right number from each desired topic the test should cover.


You can see all of these settings explained in this article on setting up assignments:  and the article on question pooling:


For Sapling and Achieve Users: 

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