Grant Special Access for Quizzes

Special access permissions allow instructors to:

  • Set alternative access dates for individual or groups of students
  • Provide extended time for individual or groups of students
  • Allow additional quiz attempts for individual or groups of students

Common uses for this include accessibility accommodations, students traveling for official university events during scheduled quizzes, students who are ill, or students who have an otherwise excused absence, etc. This can also be used to exempt students from using LockDown Browser for a quiz that may be required for other students (such as those taking a quiz from home).

Time Saving Tip: To streamline the special access process, Instructors can set a user’s accommodation for all quizzes offered in the course using the Grant Quiz Accommodations in the Classlist steps.

It’s important to note that adding special access does not exclude others from accessing a quiz. If you would like a quiz to only be delivered to specific users, we recommend using release conditions. Learn more on the Set Release Conditions for a Quiz page.

Watch how to grant special access to users for a quiz

  1. On the navbar, click the Activities menu, then select Quizzes.
    Quizzes on the Nav Bar
  2. On the Manage Quizzes page, from the context menu of the quiz, click Edit.
    edit quiz
  3. Click on the Restrictions tab.
    Quiz restrictions tab
  4. Under Special Access, select the Allow selected users special access to a quiz radio button.
    Special Access Quiz
  5. Then click the Add Users to Special Access button.
    Quiz Add Users to Special Access
  6. On the Special Access Properties page, first set the Availability (start and end dates/times), if different than the dates for the rest of the students.
    Special Access Availability
  7. Time Limit: Under Timing, select either No Changes (to grant the same amount of time as the rest of the class), Recommended Time Limit, or Enforced Time Limit to set a different time allowed for the quiz.
    Special Access Timing

    • No Changes will grant the same amount of time for the quiz as students who do not have special access granted.
    • Recommended Time Limit – The time set will be displayed to students before the quiz starts.
      Recommended Time Limit in Special Access
    • Enforced Time Limit – This will allow you to set a Time Limit, you will be able to designate the time limit, assign an alternative grace period, and determine how to handle late behavior. A new time limit can be set by either entering a new time limit, setting the multiplier of the original quiz time, or by manually entering the extra time allowed. Entering a number in any of those fields will update the other fields automatically.  By default, the grace period and late behavior will adopt the settings of the quiz. If desired, you can assign an alternative grace period and set alternative late behavior.
      Special Access Enforced Time Limit
  8. LockDown Browser: Under LockDown Browser, check the box to remove the requirement for LockDown Browser (if you have enabled LockDown Browser). Checking this box will exempt the students you add Special Access from having to use LockDown Browser for their quiz. 
    lockdown browser not required to take this quiz
  9. Attempts: Under Attempts, if you wish to allow additional quiz attempts, check the box to Override attempts allowed then select the number of attempts allowed. Click Apply.
    Special Access Attempts
    Note:  if you enable multiple attempts then the Advanced Attempt Conditions options become available to further set criteria for student to access additional attempts.
    Quiz Special Access Advanced Attempt Conditions Options
  10. In the Users area, check the box for the student(s) that you want to add special access as set in the steps above.
    Special Access Select Students
  11. Click Add Special Access.
    Add Special Access button
  12. On the Restrictions tab all users with Special Access Will be listed in the Special Access area. Details of the users special access will be listed. To edit the access click on the Pencil icon, to remove special access click on the X icon. If you checked the box in step 8 to not require LockDown Browser for these students, an icon for Do not require LockDown Browser for this quiz will appear beside their names.
    Modify Special Access
  13. Click Save and Close.

Important Notes:

  • The special access settings do not apply to all quizzes in a course offering automatically. You must add special access for learners to each quiz separately.
  • After extending the learners quiz time by way of quiz time multipliers or +minutes on the Special Access page, if an instructor updates the duration of the quiz, the learner’s quiz time on the Special Access page does not dynamically update at this time.

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