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Password Protection for Course and Managed Assessments

Requiring Passwords for Assessments

Course admins can enable a password for course assessments and managed assessments that students will be required to enter before beginning a test.

To set a password:

  1. Click Actions on the upper right of the assessment.
  2. Click the drop-down menu in the Password field.
  3. Select Enable to open a field to type a password.
  4. Type the password that students must enter to begin a new attempt or resume an existing attempt on the assessment.
  5. Click Save Changes to complete.

  • The password setting defaults to Disable.
  • Passwords must be at least five characters and cannot exceed 50 characters.
  • Passwords do not require any special characters.
  • Passwords are case sensitive.
  • Spaces entered at the beginning or end of the password are removed, but spaces in between valid characters are saved.

Instructors can change or remove the password at any time. If a password is changed while students are in progress with a test, they will be able to continue their current sessions without interruption. If a student refreshes the page or leaves the test for any reason, they will be prompted to enter the password again in order to resume the attempt. If the password has changed, they will need to enter the new password.

Linked Sections

Instructors with linked sections can control the assessment password for each section. The password setting in linked sections works the same way as the setting to enable or disable submissions.

To set one password for all linked sections in a set, use the All Sections option:

To set different passwords for specific sections in a linked set, click Select Sections to Customize to choose passwords for each section individually.

Instructors can also require a password in one or multiple sections, and not require a password in others.

Student Experience

When an assessment requires a password, students are prompted to enter the password any time they start a new attempt or resume an existing one.

When a student enters the correct password and clicks Start, they can successfully begin or resume an attempt.

Students must enter the password that is currently set for the section they are enrolled in. If a student is enrolled in Section 2 of a linked set and enters the password that is set for Section 1, they will not be able to access the test. When a student enters an incorrect password, they see an error and are prompted to try again.

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